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ASSET NEWS

August 2012

The revised standard EN 12021 - Respiratory protective devices - Compressed gases for breathing apparatus, is now available for public comment via the BSi website at http://drafts.bsigroup.com/. The major change introduced by this draft is its increased scope to encapsulate the breathing gases other than air that are currently covered by BS 8478. Any comments should be forwarded directly to BSi by 31 Aug 12 in the format required on the website.

NEW HANDBOOKS - JULY 2012

Dive Industry Technicians Handbook - £55.00 + p/p

Over the last year Stewart has been working on a complete up date and revision of the Dive Industry Technicians Handbook.

For those who have not already purchased a copy, the new version is completely up to date with all standards, recommendations, new diagrams and in full colour.

This is available to all those Asset Members who have completed the DITC prior to November 2011.

NEW – ASSET Cylinder Testing Pt 1 Handbook - £35.00 + p/p

The new version is completely up to date with all standards, recommendations, new diagrams and in full colour.

This is available to all those Asset Members who have completed the full 4 day ASSET Cylinder Testing Course prior to June 2012 or anyone who has completed the DITC and would like a separate copy of the Cylinder Testing pt 1 Handbook.

NEW - Compressed Air Systems Management Handbook - £35.00 + p/p

Available to anyone who has completed the Compressed Air Systems Management Course prior to July 2012 or anyone who has completed the DITC and would like a separate copy of the Compressed Air Systems Management Handbook.

Click here for order form

12th June 2012

ASSET & Analox Sensor Technology

Working together to promote training and safety.

Analox Sensor Technology is working alongside the Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians (ASSET) to promote better training for technicians and increased awareness of the value of analysing diving gas.
Analox and ASSET both have a similar approach to the promotion of safety in scuba diving.  The two organisations have agreed to work together on a number of objectives:

ASSET is the world leading association in technician training and standards for the diving industry.  Its training arm STATS 2000 runs regular dive industry technician courses.  Attendees of the courses will use a number of Analox’s products, whilst other products feature in the Dive Industry Technician’s Handbook which accompanies the course. 
Simon Lunt, Sales Manager for Analox Sensor Technology, said: “ASSET is respected in sport diving throughout the world, and its training in the maintenance of diving equipment is highly valued.  We are both committed to promoting the highest standards of safety for scuba divers.  We are now working together to ensure that the risks of contamination of diving gas are understood and that technicians are fully aware of the options available for gas analysis.”
Stewart Meinert, Technical Coordinator for ASSET, commented: “Scuba technicians need to be trained to the highest level, and it is vital that they are fully aware of the risks from contaminants such as carbon monoxide in diving gas.  In our courses, we teach the importance of gas analysis, and we recognise that Analox’s products have been designed to provide the required monitoring.”

January 2012


NEW! ASSET Technician Polo Shirts

Due to popular demand, we have designed ASSET Technician’s and Cylinder Testing Technician’s Polo Shirts. They are smart and of good quality. See Resources – Clothing, for further information and order form.

January 2012


The Carbon Trust is offering small and medium-sized businesses (up to 250 employees) unsecured, interest-free loans from £3000 to £400,000 to pay for new energy-efficient equipment - you may have seen the ads in the national press.  Any compressor which will enable you to save energy is likely to be eligible.  In more than 70% of cases, the energy savings exceed the monthly repayments.  Find out more at carbontrust.co.uk/energy/takingaction/about-loans.htm

Tax relief through the ECA Energy Scheme  


The new ECA (Enhanced Capital Allowance) scheme is a key part of the Government’s programme to manage climate change.   It allows businesses to claim back a large part of the cost of replacing old, inefficient equipment - such as compressors - through tax relief, provided it meets published energy-saving criteria.  The savings amount to around 50-70% of the first-year cost. Visit eca.gov.uk/etl/default.htm to find out more.

These new Government schemes present an ideal opportunity to replace old compressors that don’t meet today’s standards for energy efficiency and carbon emissions.  Not only will you get new equipment for a fraction of the normal cost - you can expect to get your money back in full within a very short time and profit from lower costs and reduced downtime over the life of the equipment. 

November 2011


NEW! Dive Industry Technician’s Handbook Fourth Edition


Over the last year Stewart has been working on a complete update and revision of the Dive Industry Technicians Handbook. The new version is 277 pages and in full colour with updated standards, recommendations and procedures and with numerous new diagrams and photographs.
If you have completed the DITC Course and would like to order a copy, please email us for an order form, quoting your ASSET Technician Membership Number.

November 2011


NEW! ASSET Composite Cylinder Inspection & Testing Course

Due to demand from members and the industry, ASSET is pleased to announce the launch of its Composite Cylinder Inspection & Testing Course

Prerequisites – hold either:

For course dates and fees, click on courses.

November 2011


ASSET Composite Cylinder Inspection & Testing Course


Congratulations to ASSET Members Malcolm Goodchild, Zander McGivern and Andy Rose who completed the first ASSET Composite Cylinder Inspection & Testing Course on 11th November.

October 2011


ASSET Certifies 1000th Dive Industry Technician.


 The Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians (ASSET) are proud to announce that they have certified Technician number 1000.

Mark Brewis, a native of South Africa, was presented with a special membership certificate and commemorative digital calliper, on completion of a recent ASSET Dive Industry Technician’s Course (DITC).
Mark who is setting up a diving operation in northern Cyprus said “I’m very proud to be the 1000th ASSET member. The knowledge and skills I learned on the course will be of immense use in our dive centre”.

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Also attending the DITC with Mark were George Croft and Peter Millar from Hughes Sub Surface Engineering and Steve Harriss, a commercial diving contractor.
Stewart Meinert Technical Co-ordinator for ASSET said “This is a proud moment for the Association. Together with our Cylinder Testing Technicians, this brings ASSET membership to over 1500; bearing in mind that although there are possibly one million divers World-wide, there is usually no more than one technician in each dive centre, making this a significant number.
Diving technicians are the unglamorous, unsung backroom boys and girls who keep diving equipment in safe working order. Since 1995, we have been working to improve the standard and quality of equipment maintenance in the diving industry. Our reputation for quality and comprehensive training attracts students, from both commercial and recreational diving, from all over the World, to our training centres in the UK and Thailand.

October 2011


BS 8478: 2011 – Breathing Gases for Diving and Hyperbaric Applications


This latest version of the standard resolves the problems of compliance found in the 2006 edition. Previously it would have been impossible to comply, for any mixed breathing gas, using colourimetric stain tubes (e.g. Draeger, Gastec, Kitaghawa). Only a laboratory test could have produced acceptable results.
However, after representation by ASSET, HSE and other organisation, the standard has been revised. The new standard allows the use of colourimetric stain tubes to be used to check for contaminant s in “Oxygen compatible air”.
The reader should refer to the full wording of BS8478:2011. However, in brief, the variation in accuracy associated with colourimetric stain tubes must be added to the test results; if the sample is then within the limits stated in Table 2 it is deemed to conform to the Standard.
Our other recommendations remain:

 

BS 8478 is currently being considered as a basis for a new European standard. When this European standard is finalised it will supersede BS 8478 which will then be withdrawn. The process for developing the new standard is now underway within Europe and the resulting standard will almost certainly be different in some respects from this one.

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