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Gas Protection Verification Accreditation Scheme Consultation

Consultation closing date: 31 May 2019

A group of industry leaders in gas protection verification have developed the idea of a Gas Protection Verification Accreditation Scheme. They have been developing the idea with the support of CL:AIRE over the last 18 months. They would now like to consult more widely with industry on how the proposed scheme could work and gather stakeholder feedback on it.

The scheme seeks to raise standards in membrane verification and provide all stakeholders involved in land contamination management with enough confidence that risks associated with ground gases have been adequately managed.

Although standards in the contaminated land sector have improved greatly over the last two decades it is acknowledged that the quality of gas protection design, installation and verification work remains variable. Therefore, installers, regulators and verifiers came together to work with CL:AIRE to develop this proposed accreditation scheme to improve the quality of gas protection verification and increase the knowledge of staff involved in this industry.

Raising the quality of gas protection design, installation and verification will result in economic benefits by ‘getting it right first time’ avoiding time consuming repairs that are the consequence of poor installation or poor understanding by follow on contractors that can result in damage to gas protection systems.

This scheme also helps demonstrate to a suitably qualified person (SQP) under the National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) for land contamination management that the gas protection verification work has been undertaken by competent personnel.

The scheme applies to both the practical installation of the gas mitigation measures and to the verification reporting process. Thus, recognising different personnel often undertake the installation work to the reporting, there are two separate accreditation routes to demonstrate competence in the installation and the design, preparation of method statements and validation reporting.

It is hoped that such an accreditation scheme will be supported and accepted across the whole land development community and recognised nationally.
For further details on the proposed scheme, the objectives and benefits of the scheme, details on the role and responsibilities of the accredited person, how to become accredited, scheme process and how the scheme would be administered, please read the overview and scheme outline document that can be downloaded here and then participate in the consultation on the following page.

A series of frequently asked questions have also been prepared to provide further clarification. These can be accessed here.