Training for beverage-dispensing gases standard

Friday, 12 October, 2007

BOC is helping businesses comply with the new AS5034 standard for beverage-dispensing gases, which comes into effect on 1 January 2008.

Non-compliance with the standard may lead to liability penalties and fines.

"Until recently, safety had focused on the "front' of the bar through liquor licensing and responsible service of alcohol," said Justin Roberts, BOC's hospitality market manager. "The cellar and other areas "behind' the bar had been largely unregulated.

"This is of concern because of the potentially dangerous gases used in these areas."

BOC has released a training package with a DVD that explains what people need to do to be compliant. The kit gives a detailed overview of the various elements of the standard, includes a venue checklist for managers to identify areas of non-compliance and features a DVD that can be used as a presentation for staff, which satisfies the training requirements for the standard.

The kit also includes a training status form as evidence of the training (as required by the standard).

The new AS5034 standard mandates minimum safety requirements where gas is used in hospitality venues. It covers system design, ventilation and monitoring, signage, maintenance and training. Hoteliers have until 31 December 2007 to complete rectification works to all high-risk areas.

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