As you know, at high concentrations hydrogen sulfide (H2S) can kill in a single breath, but detection of this silent killer is often difficult due to its lack of odor and visibility. According to OSHA, H2S is one of the leading causes of workplace deaths related to gas inhalation, with 60 recorded exposure-related fatalities between 2001 and 2010.
Regulations like OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(vii-viii) aim to prevent deaths of this nature by stating that employers must train employees in the respiratory hazards to which they are potentially exposed during routine and emergency situations—such as H2S.
To further focus on the reduction of H2S related deaths and injuries, ANSI/ASSE has just revised their standard for H2S training with ANSI/ASSE Z390.1 – 2017 H2S. This standard is the most recognized, accepted, and effective way to keep employees safe while complying with OSHA regulations. This updated standard specifies the need for improved training in order to arm workers with the necessary information for recognizing, avoiding, and reporting H2S environments.
Some major changes to the updated ANSI/ASSE Z390.1 - 2017 H2S training standard include:
• Course content requirements
• Classroom training only
• 3 - 4 hour minimum training time
• Instructor qualifications and train the trainer requirements
• Annual refresher must be full training
• Visitors are not exempt from initial and annual refresher training
One of your first steps to reduce a possible H2S event is to have your employees take a training course—one that meets the revised standards set forth in ANSI/ASSE Z390.1 – 2017 and will provide students with crucial knowledge of H2S dangers and the precautions, tools, and controls necessary when working in potential H2S environments.
PEC Safety has developed such a course: "PEC H2S Clear"—a comprehensive and standardized program that covers everything from the buddy system and characteristics to personal protective equipment and work procedures. No matter what industry you work in, there exists some potential threat of H2S exposure. Guard yourself against this silent killer.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the course or if you would like to schedule training.