Medical Gas Safety - Porters 2021

Porter holding a gas cylinder

This course is designed to provide porters with the knowledge required for the role of Designated Porter, providing the service of storage and transportation of medical gas cylinders and the replacement of cylinders on manifolds within the healthcare environment. This course is also particularly relevant to some estates engineering/maintenance staff with responsibility for medical gases.

The course will provide information on potential hazards, risk reduction, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities for the safe use and handling of medical gases within the healthcare environment.

Course detail
This course should take one to two hours to complete and includes theory, downloadable material, interactive trial assessments and final assessment.

Upon completion, you will be trained to:

  • List the properties and hazards of a range of medical gases
  • Identify a range of medical gas cylinders by colour code, size and other labelling, and select cylinders in accordance with the needs of clinical/medical/engineering requirements
  • Identify and describe the major components of pressurised gas systems and, in particular, a hospital MGPS
  • Handle and transport pressurised gas cylinders safely
  • Identify a range of patient-connected equipment requiring cylinder supplies of gas
  • Safely connect and disconnect pressurised gas cylinders from plant, manifolds and user equipment
  • Understand and respond to pressurised system alarms, hazards and emergencies, and observe local reporting procedures