From 1 November 2020 new regulations are in place to ensure that work on medical gas systems at medical facilities is carried out by people who have the appropriate skills, experience and qualifications.
There will be a 6-month transition period to allow tradespeople to gain the relevant qualification and update their licence.
This means that from 1 May 2021, if you install and maintain medical gas systems in medical facilities, you must:
- hold a medical gas qualification
- have 2 years relevant industry experience
- have a medical gas work class on your:
- tradesperson certificate
- qualified supervisor certificate
- individual contractor licence
- company contractor licence.
Between 1 November and 30 April 2021, you need to:
- complete the relevant medical gas qualification
- lodge a change class application to your existing certificate or licence with evidence of your medical gas qualification.
If you do not currently have a tradesperson certificate, qualified supervisor certificate, individual contractor licence or company contractor licence, you'll need to apply for one.
There are 2 categories for medical gas work:
- medical gas fitting work
- medical gas technician work.
Medical facilities include:
- private and public hospitals
- dental surgeries
- day surgeries
- other places where medical gas is supplied or removed.
Medical gases are:
- nitrous oxide
- carbon dioxide
- medical air
- surgical tool gas
- common mixtures of the gases above
- air at a negative pressure (commonly known as suctioning)
- waste anaesthetic gas.