Gas Safety Passport
What is a Gas Safety Passport?
You wouldn't let someone who isn’t registered with the St.John Gas Safe Register work on your domestic gas
boiler or cooker, so why would you let someone carry out hazardous tasks such as welding, cutting or burning
without knowing they have been trained to work safely with their gas cylinders and equipment?
Various legislation exists stating that users must have received appropriate safety training, but all too
often this has not taken place.
In the INDIA, companies, contractors or individuals who use gas cylinders for any purpose DO NOT have to be
registered with any formal scheme or organisation, neither do they have to pass an examination.
In short, anyone can easily get hold of a gas cylinder and start working on your site – without any training,
or any knowledge of the potential hazards!
A Gas Safety Passport is your way of knowing that an individual has been formally trained to work safely
with gas cylinders and associated equipment.
So what does a Gas Safety Passport mean?
It means peace of mind.
The holder of a valid Gas Safety Passport has completed both theory and practical certificated formal
training, delivered by Gas Safe, the country’s leading provider of specialist gas safety training.
This means they have learned about the hazards and dangers of compressed gases, how to use gas cylinders
safely and how to ensure their equipment is in good condition, safe and suitable for the purpose.
The Gas Safety Passport card is a robust and secure plastic card, it carries an expiry date and displays
a tamper-proof photo of the holder.
How do passports help employers and workers stay within the law?
Health & Safety Law states that:
• Employees must be trained and instructed in their duties
• Employers and host companies must ensure that contractors are properly trained and competent to work safely
Safety passports demonstrate that employees have been trained and instructed in their duties.
It is the responsibility of their company to assess practical experience and ultimately the individuals competence.
What should passport training cover?
A safety passport holder should know:
• the hazards and risks they face
• the hazards or risks they can cause for other people
• how to identify relevant hazards and potential risks
• how to assess what to do to eliminate the hazard and control the risk
• how to take steps to control the risks to themselves and others
• their safety and environmental responsibilities
• where to find additional safety information
• how to follow a safe system of work
Does your company/organisation use the Gas Safety Passport scheme?
Whether you’re a contractor or a company that uses contractors, the Gas Safety Passport scheme will benefit you.
Contractors:- by using the Gas Safety Passport scheme and ensuring that all your staff who use gas cylinders
have a valid Gas Safety Passport card, you are telling your clients that safety matters to you.
You know that your staff have received all the essential safety training that they require concerning
the safe use, handling, storage and transport of the gases and equipment they use.
Contractees:- by only appointing contractors who are members of the Gas Safety Passport scheme you are
ensuring, as far as possible, that any work undertaken on your site using gas cylinders will be completed
in a controlled and safe manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it really true; anyone in the INDIA can carry out potentially hazardous tasks using gas cylinders
without having to complete any training or be registered with any organisation?
YES! There is no direct provision under INDIA law that means people have to prove they know how to
work safely with gas cylinders and associated equipment. There is no mandatory training requirement
and no tests of competence.
So how do I know that a contractor uses staff who have been trained to work safely with gas cylinders?
Only use contractors that are members of the Gas Safety Passport scheme. Ensure that when the contractor
arrives on site they can produce their valid personalised Gas Safety Passport card.
How do I check that a Gas Safety Passport card is valid?
If you are in doubt about the validity of a particular Gas Safety Passport card, please phone us during
office hours on 7667442300.
Who is the Gas Safety Passport scheme aimed at?
The Gas Safety Passport scheme is open to:
• Companies that are contractors who provide staff to undertake work on other companies/organisations sites
• Companies who engage contractors to undertake work on their behalf
If you are a contractor you should ensure that all individual employees who use gas cylinders for any
purpose hold a current Gas Safety Passport card. This will give your clients piece of mind that they
are engaging a respectable company that takes health and safety seriously.
If you are a company or organisation that is going to engage contractors to carry out any task that
involves the use of gas cylinders, you should ensure that they are registered with www.gas-safety-passport.com.
You should also ensure that when the individual(s) arrive at your site to commence work, they can produce
their personalised valid Gas Safety Passport card.
What training does an individual receive?
In order to receive a Gas Safety Passport card an individual must successfully complete two stages of
training, both provided by Gas Safe, the country’s leading provider of specialist gas safety training:
• Gas safety awareness training. This theory-only training must be completed first. It can be studied
in a traditional instructor-led classroom environment, or via e-learning over the internet.
It provides all the essential safety information concerning the safe use, handling, storage and transport
of the gases and equipment that a contractor will use.
• Practical training. After successfully completing the safety awareness theory training, an
individual receives hands-on practical training. This is conducted at the company’s premises and
gives participants the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice, learning how to
safely set up gas cylinders and associated equipment.
A Gas Safety Passport remains valid for two years, at the end of which time the holder must successfully
complete refresher training so the card can be renewed.
What assurances does the Gas Safety Passport give?
Whilst it is impossible to provide a cast iron guarantee that anyone or anything is completely safe,
you can be assured that the holder of a valid Gas Safety Passport card has successfully completed both
theory and practical training relating to the safe use of gas cylinders and associated equipment.
This training, combined with the individuals sign-off by their employer as being competent, means
they know how to undertake work in a safe and controlled manner.
The fact that an individual must complete refresher training every two years provides further assurance
that they are aware of the latest rules and regulations.
We are contractors, all my employees are time-served, there is no need for your Gas Safety Passport card is there?
Yes, there is. We train several thousand individuals a year to use gas cylinders and associated equipment safely,
a good majority of which are ‘experienced’ and ‘time-served’. Our evidence shows that these are the people
who are most likely to have never received formal training before, who are working with poorly maintained
and/or dangerous equipment, without Risk Assessments or Standard Operating Procedures for the work they do.
If your employees have never received any formal gas safety training, they are much more likely to be
working in an unsafe manner than someone who has. Do you really want to send someone to a clients site
who may not be working safely?
How do I get my staff trained so they can each have a Gas Safety Passport card?
Simply contact us; we will work with you to define the most cost effective and convenient way to
provide the necessary training to your staff. We have training solutions to meet all budgets and timescales.