Authorised Gas Tester (AGT)

Scope and Responsibilities

What is Authorised Gas Tester (AGT)?:

An Authorised Gas Tester (AGT) carries out atmosphere tests. AGT plays a pivotal role in maintaining workplace safety, particularly in industries where hazardous gases are present.

In Malaysia, AGTs are professionals certified by NIOSH and DOSH. They are entrusted with the responsibility of gas testing, hazard
identification, and the implementation of safety measures. Their expertise is essential for creating a secure work
environment and safeguarding workers from potential gas-related risks.

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 2. Why Do You Need AGT in the Workplace?


2.1 Safety:

An Authorised Gas Tester (AGT) plays a critical role in ensuring the safety of the workplace, particularly in environments where hazardous gases are present. AGTs are trained and certified professionals with specialized knowledge in gas testing, hazard identification, and safety protocols.

Here’s how AGTs ensure the safety of the workplace:

a. Routine Gas Testing:

Routine gas testing is a fundamental aspect of ensuring a safe work environment. AGTs utilize specialized equipment to regularly monitor gas concentrations. This proactive approach allows them to detect any deviations from acceptable gas levels, preventing potential gas leaks or hazardous situations. 

By continuously monitoring the atmosphere, AGTs provide early warnings, enabling prompt intervention and immediate action to mitigate risks.

b. Emergency Response and Crisis Management:

In emergency situations, such as gas leaks or hazardous gas incidents, AGTs are at the forefront of crisis management.

Their comprehensive training equips them to handle such critical scenarios promptly and effectively. AGTs execute well-prepared emergency response plans, coordinate evacuations, and provide guidance to workers, ensuring their safety and minimizing potential injuries.

c. Expert Analysis and Risk Mitigation:

Beyond routine gas testing, AGTs possess the expertise to analyze gas concentration data and assess potential risks.

Their ability to interpret complex gas data allows for informed decision-making and targeted risk mitigation strategies. This comprehensive analysis enhances workplace safety and reduces the likelihood of gas-related accidents.

d. Continuous Monitoring and Adherence to Safety Protocols:

AGTs continuously monitor the work environment for any changes in gas concentrations, ensuring a consistently safe atmosphere. They diligently adhere to stringent safety protocols and guidelines to uphold a secure working environment at all times.


2.2 Regulations:

Compliance with Malaysian safety regulations is of utmost importance for AGTs. To become an AGT, individuals must meet specific requirements and obtain certifications from recognized authorities. Key regulatory bodies include the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). Furthermore, the Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) 2010 acts as the comprehensive guideline for employers to ensure safety of workplaces.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

NIOSH is a prominent organization responsible for setting and maintaining occupational safety and health standards in Malaysia. AGTs must undergo training and certification programs approved by NIOSH to ensure their competency in gas testing procedures and safety protocols. The NIOSH certification validates the AGTs’ qualifications and their ability to handle gas testing equipment, interpret gas concentration data, identify hazards, and implement appropriate safety measures.

Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH):

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is a governmental agency responsible for enforcing occupational safety and health regulations in Malaysia. DOSH collaborates with NIOSH in setting standards and ensuring compliance with safety protocols, including those related to AGTs. AGTs must align their practices with DOSH guidelines to meet regulatory requirements and contribute to workplace safety.

Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) 2010:

The Industrial Code of Practice (ICOP) 2010 is the regulation published  comprehensive document that outlines specific safety standards and practices in various industrial settings, including those where hazardous gases may be present. AGTs must familiarize themselves with ICOP guidelines relevant to their specific industries to effectively carry out gas testing and safety duties.


3. Advantages of Outsourcing AGT Services:

Outsourcing AGT services to reputable companies like Myda Risk & Safety Sdn Bhd offers several valuable benefits to businesses:

  • Cost-effectiveness and Efficient Resource Utilization: By entrusting AGT services to external experts, businesses save on the costs associated with maintaining an in-house AGT team, optimizing resource allocation for core operations.
  • Access to Specialized Knowledge and Expertise: Professional AGT service providers boast extensive experience in gas testing and safety measures. Their specialized knowledge ensures accurate and reliable results, empowering businesses to make informed decisions and implement effective safety protocols.
  • Avoiding the Burden of Training and Certification: Outsourcing AGT services spares businesses the burden of training and certifying AGTs internally. Instead, they can rely on certified professionals without investing additional efforts.
  • Ensuring Compliance with Malaysian Safety Regulations: Reputable AGT service providers strictly adhere to NIOSH, DOSH, and ICOP 2010 regulations, ensuring businesses remain compliant with essential safety standards and guidelines.

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