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Gas Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Does JO have a Gas Testing Standard? Yes, The JO Gas Testing Standard is JOSOP 408 What training does my Gas Tester need? Authorized Gas Testers must attend the required JO training course in the training center or be qualified by a JO approved training course. What kind of multi-gas monitor do I need? As a minimum, all portable gas detection equipment systems in use within Joint Operations shall have all of the following components:

The instrument handbook The manufacturers accessories (e.g. sampling line(s), probe(s), water trap, hand aspirators, instrument cover) as appropriate The manufacturers calibration kit (or bump test/response check kit) Spare, fresh batteries of the approved type, and/or the approved battery charger Consumable spares (as appropriate) e.g. filters The gas detection instrument Bump-test kit

What gasses do we need to monitor for in Confined Space Entries? At Minimum:

Flammable vapors Hydrogen sulfide Oxygen Carbon monoxide

Note: Some confined spaces may have unique hazards that will require special monitoring How often do we need to calibrate our monitor? A field calibration is required once a month. A manufactures calibration is required according to the manufactures required timeframe. Do we bump test, how often? Yes, it is required to bump test each multi-gas monitor before the days use. Who calibrates monitors? Calibration of monitors to the specifications outlined by the manufacture is the responsibility of the instrument owner What is the JO employees role in gas testing? Most divisions have assigned Authorized Gas Testers who are JO employees. Their role is to verify the locations atmosphere is within tolerable limits before the Permit Approver authorizes the permit.

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Gas Testing Frequently Asked Questions


When do I need to retest? Reassess the atmosphere if a permit is extended, there is an interruption with work, or if the multi-gas monitor alarms. What do I do if my gas detector is giving erratic readings? Stop work and replace the gas detector with a new device that is functioning correctly. Who needs to do gas testing? The Permit Approver is responsible for gas testing. Typically the permit approver depends on an Authorized Gas Tester within the division to perform this function. *The Authorized Gas Tester is not a member of the work crew or the work crews company.

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