Steam systems expert and trainer at Spirax Sarco’s UK Steam Technology Centre (UKSTC) Mike Maslanka has become one of only 20 people in the UK to be awarded the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) Trainer Certification.
Awarded by the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA). BOAS certification enables firms to prove they have provided suitable and appropriate training to operators and boiler house managers in line with BG01 (Guidance on Safe Operation of Steam Boilers) requirements .
Spirax Sarco is one of the few organisations in the UK to have been delivering the BOAS courses since the scheme’s inception in 2005.
The accreditation process for the BOAS Trainer Certification is notoriously tough due to the critical nature of boiler operations and therefore involves a number of intensive interview processes.
However, it can save companies thousands of pounds through lower fuel costs and a reduced need for both repair work and water treatment chemicals.
Speaking afterwards, Maslanka said: “I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was tough but I took the training really seriously and made sure I knew the systems inside out. I suppose I’ve always had a natural willingness to learn which has also meant I’ve also really enjoyed the process.”
With 4750 professionals BOAS-accredited in the UK, and a requirement to be renewed every five years, there is a consistently high demand for BOAS-certified trainers to carry out the scheme’s courses. Spirax Sarco is one of the few organisations in the UK to have been delivering the BOAS courses since the scheme’s inception in 2005.
Prior to joining the steam solutions provider in 2017, he spent 30 years in the Royal Air Force with his final 10 years spent working on delivering technical content to leadership teams.
CEA’s director David Kilpatrick commented: “Through the formal accreditation process, Mike demonstrated the level of boiler house knowledge that will ensure high standards of best practice across the industry, true to the standards of the CEA and its accredited schemes.”
Photo: Spirax Sarco's Mike Maslanka with engineering & projects manager Andy Graves