There are many avenues to combustion system training. They include:
- Attendance at professional programs like open courses or combustion workshops. These sessions can start you on the path toward compliance and provide you and your staff with the documentation needed to supply proof of completion. Many organizations conduct equipment-specific operator training. Others can come to a site to provide customized training for a facility and its fuel-fired equipment.
- Online programs are accessible 24/7, and all personnel can engage at their convenience from any computer with an internet connection.
- Onsite training on new equipment brings staff up to speed on new equipment. Ensure that OEMs provide the required training upon installation of new ovens, furnaces and boilers. The key is to find a credible vendor that has in depth knowledge on the codes, standards, combustion equipment and its operation.
- In-house training can be performed on a routine basis if you develop your own program. Consult the experts before assuming it meets NFPA 86 or EN 746 requirements and be certain that the curriculum encompasses general safety knowledge, equipment operation and code protocols, and that all personnel are on a schedule to participate on a yearly basis.
Along with that, reinforcement is necessary and should be incorporated into preventive maintenance programs, within startup systems or through shorter refresher courses that are carried out annually.