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Academy of Joint Integrity’s health and safety regulations

World Pipelines,

The Academy of Joint Integrity is alerting smaller businesses involved in industry that they may not be adhering to health and safety standards following changes to the control of major accident hazards (COMAH) regulations, which came into effect a year ago.

The amendments mean that a large number of smaller companies operating in industries including chemical and fuel storage must now adhere to the COMAH regulations.

The Academy of Joint Integrity, which is part of global sealing solutions specialist Flexitallic, has seen demand for its accredited training programmes increase by more than 25%, following changes to COMAH regulations.

COMAH aims to prevent the effects of major accidents involving dangerous substances, which can cause serious damage and harm.

The most common areas contributing to the loss of containment are fuel/chemical storage, vessels, pipework and flexible hoses.

The Academy provides accredited, bespoke practical training to graduates, engineers and technicians covering all areas of flange assembly/sealing technology and joint integrity, underpinning loss of containment initiatives.

Onsite integrity audits also provide clients with ageing assets invaluable technical evaluation of how to address corroded flanges and pipework from a gasket/flange assembly perspective.

Gary Milne, Academy Technical Director said: “The changes to COMAH regulations have had consequences for a large number of small businesses, which were previously unaffected by the rules.

“The increase in demand for our training services has been a direct result of these changes, as owners of these newly classified businesses need to get up to speed with the latest competency standards in preventing accidents in hazardous environments.”

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