20 October, 2020

Latest training update from the British Compressed Air Society

24 September, 2020

BCAS has recently invested in a new e-learning portal, allowing delegates to learn at a pace, and from a location, that suits. Here is an update on the latest courses on offer:


Working safely with compressed air (WSWCA)

The hour-long course covers the hazards of compressed air as an energy source, the use of personal protective equipment, employer and employee responsibilities with respect to health and safety when using compressed air and a list of safe working practices to be followed.

Compressed air system technology (CAST)

CAST provides a comprehensive introduction to the main principles of compressed air systems. It is a unique qualification to meet the needs of employers for compressed air training. This course is highly relevant to anyone needing to know more about compressed air production and use, relevant health and safety issues, legislation and energy efficiency. It is of relevance to manufacturers, distributors, installers and for any business using compressed air equipment and systems.

Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace

The course is based on the Government guidance on understanding how to safely work during the coronavirus pandemic, issued 11 May 2020. It covers the workplace types identified by Government, including outdoor work, factories and warehouses, offices, branches, vehicles and is designed to fulfil the employer’s requirement to provide information and training to their employees in maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace.

An introduction to PSSR 2000

This course provides the candidate with a comprehensive understanding of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, which cover the safe design and use of pressure systems. The single aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy (pressure) as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts. If you are an owner or user of a compressed air system this course is highly relevant. It will guide you through your obligations under the regulations and demystify some of the terminology used when required to implement the regulations. It will help to clarify the written scheme of examination process and how competent persons are defined. This course is applicable to anyone needing to know who has responsibilities under PSSR 2000 and its relevant health and safety issues, and legislation. It is of relevance to manufacturers, distributors, installers and for any business using compressed air equipment and systems.

An Understanding of IS08573 – Compessed air purity verification or indicative testing

This course provides the candidate with a comprehensive understanding of ISO 8573 – the compressed air purity standard. As compressed air is considered a utility, this course is beneficial to anyone who has responsibilities for pre-requisite programmes and their relevant health and safety issues, and legislation. It is of relevance to manufacturers, distributors, installers and for any business requiring clean and dry compressed air systems.

An introduction to air treatment

There are a wide range of compressed air applications that require very different levels of purity and therefore need different air treatment equipment and methods. For example, clean air is not needed for tyre inflation on a garage forecourt, so very little would be invested in air treatment equipment. If however, the air is to be used in a micro-electronics process or a medical application, all contaminants must be reduced to very low levels and therefore, sophisticated air treatment systems are required.

This course details where contaminants come from and how to remove them using some of the air treatment processes available – and is of relevance to manufacturers, distributors, installers and for any business requiring clean and dry compressed air systems.

For further information about the full range of BCAS training courses on offer, including class-room based training, email training@bcas.org.uk or call 0207 935 2464.




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