What is H2S Training?
To understand what H2S courses are for first we need to know what H2S is.
H2S is the chemical compound formed by hydrogen and sulfur known as hydrogen sulphide.
The compound is said to have been discovered in 1777 by a Swedish chemist by the name of Carl Wilheim Scheele.
Hydrogen sulphide is very toxic, combustible and colourless. This makes a very big risk on worksites.
The scary thing about hydrogen sulphide is that simply introducing it to “air” or oxygen can cause an explosion.
You can recognize hydrogen sulphide without any tools by its odour of rotten eggs. This smell is caused by the sulfur bacteria in the gaseous compound.
H2S is a product of natural gas and is, therefore, a major concern in the petroleum industry.
What does H2S training teach you?
H2S courses aim to prepare oil and gas workers or anyone potentially dealing with H2S for safety practices when exposed to the substance.
At Onsite Safety Management, we offer a one-day classroom course focused on the physical properties of H2S, personal protection against H2S, health hazards associated with exposure, and basic rescue techniques.
There is an element of physical training in which each student is required to operate a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform a rescue lift and drag routine.
You can sign up for H2S training with us here.
Energy Safety Canada
This course was created by Energy Safety Canada (formerly known as Enform) and is the Canadian standard for all petroleum workers. Originally it was called “H2S Alive” but was renamed “Energy Safety Canada H2S” with the recent merger.
Energy Safety Canada was recently formed through the merger of the Oil Sands Safety Association and Enform. They continue to offer oil sands specific training and standards with the goal of eliminating injury and incidents for the Canadian oil sands.