Hazmat Training For SCUBA Dive Stores / Firemen
Title 49 CFR 172.700

A SCBA/SCUBA cylinder fill station catastrophe, though unlikely to occur, could spell disaster for your fire department.  Deaths or grave injuries have occurred nearly every year from cylinder explosions or component failures.  And 90% of explosive failures occur during the filling process.


For this reason the U.S. Government enacted Title 49 CFR 172.700.  Simply stated it mandates that all persons who handle, transport, or are likely to be affected by the hazards of compressed gas cylinders and their contents, must receive appropriate safety training.  The regulation further states that hazardous material (hazmat) training within the dive and fire protection industries  should provide specific safety awareness for all applicable groups, such as employees, service technicians, air fill station operators (FSO), nitrox gas blenders as well as volunteer helpers, and even customers.


EK Sowell provides training to cylinder inspectors.  His business provides a one day training course to representatives of fire departments and dive stores.


Training for hazmat affected employees must be completed within 90 days of hire and must be renewed every three years.   For more information about renewal training contact at cell (936) 552.4207.  


Training must include:

1. General awareness/Familiarization training.    

2. Function-specific Training.       

3. Safety training concerning emergency response, measures to protect employees, methods and procedures for avoiding accidents and safe handling procedures.


A typical PSI training course includes: proper handling, filling, suggested fill policies, transporting, inspection, how to detect disguised damage, storage, establishing a respiratory protective program, record keeping, and more.  


To receive more information about how the regulation effects your business, or to get information about training or renewal, call EK Sowell cell 936.552.4207  web site:  www.ss.fm  or email him at eks@ss.fm


Classes offered in Nacogdoches, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, etc.

Call for dates.  Consider hosting a class at your location, fire department or dive store.  E.K. is PSI Inspector Trainer #41 and has a background in hydro testing.