One essential part of guaranteeing an effective LDAR program is making sure that your employees are adequately trained and properly educated. Human error, in every industry, is among the biggest contributing factor to issues on the work site. Even on the topic of emission reduction’s, making the right hiring decision can make all the difference in a routine inspection.
When looking to hire an optical gas imaging technician, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
Education & Experience
It’s crucial that your technicians have some education or relevant experience prior to starting on the job. A background in either engineering or instrumentation, including experience working in Natural Gas Transmission/Processing facilities is essential to having a successful LDAR system in place.
Onboarding, Training & Certification
Other important specifications to know about your LDAR technician is whether they have completed in-house testing and classroom education. They should have a minimum number of hours completed in in-field training before they step on your job site, including an understanding of the use of Method 21, OGI, ultrasonic leak detection and emission flow rate measurement.
Part of the in-house training program should include educating the candidate on oil and gas operations and of course certification in Fugitive Emission Detection and Measurement. This preparation is an important part of your technician’s education process, to ensure a high, uniform standard of competence.
On a regular basis, technicians should be required to complete safety training and performance audits to keep updated on all new system changes as well as maintaining their current knowledge base.
Technician Traits & Skillset
Being an on-site OGI technician means that they need to be physically capable. The ability to stand, walk and crouch on a multitude surfaces goes without saying, along with having a full range of motion including squatting, kneeling, and reaching are all necessary. It’s also important that the candidate can work in a variety of weather conditions, as often is the case when out in the field. Finally, as with most workplaces, an OGI technician should have the ability to work alongside other team members and have strong communication skills, including adapting to different worksite policy.
It is important to ensure that your company is only getting the best of the labor market, and of course it goes without saying that handling the detection of fugitive emissions isn’t something to leave to improperly trained candidates.