Safety Offshore

Safety Training Courses
Please use the links below to learn more about safety in the oil and gas industry and the training course you will need to undertake before working offshore:

Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET)
Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) Programme

The oil and gas industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world when it comes to safety.

Certainly, in the North Sea – and in most other parts of the world – the focus on safety is massive. It is not at all unusual now for installations to operate for several months, or even one or two years without a single recordable case, let alone an incident where people lose time at work because of injury (these are known as lost time incidents or LTI’s). This is not because the recording of incidents is being discouraged; it is, in fact, the opposite. Even the most minor graze or cut finger will be recorded and the causes investigated. Statistically, you’re much safer working offshore than in many onshore industries, e.g. construction or agriculture.

Everyone working offshore in the UK sector of the North Sea must follow the same induction process – called the Common Induction Process. In addition, everyone must have a valid offshore medical certificate – this is usually obtained at the same time as completing the Basic Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET). For more information regarding the locations of training providers click here and for registered medical centre’s click here.

A large percentage of the offshore workforce gained employment by self sponsorship on the BOSIET course and in some cases following up with a Greenhand course. Individuals seeking employment offshore should be aware that achievement of any course does not guarantee finding work in the offshore industry unless with prior agreement with an employer.

Basic Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)

Content of the Basic Offshore Safety and Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) Certificate, which requires attendance at a course, normally three days duration, includes:

A briefing about the offshore industry
Helicopter escape training
Personal survival training
The use of Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft or lifeboats (TEMPSCs) and liferafts
Post escape first aid
Fire fighting (the use of basic extinguishers and self-rescue breathing apparatus)
Permit to work system
Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)

An introduction to the training required for working offshore. Discussing the training facilities, training instructors, training standards and the three-day intensive training program (BOSIET, Emergency Response, and Induction)

In the classroom
An introduction to the classroom learning environment, covering the rules, regulations, procedures and safe systems of work.

Swimming Pool Session
A brief look at various training sessions, including the ‘sea survival’ training, ‘confidence in the water’ training and an introduction to the ‘helicopter’ training showing trainees getting familiar with the equipment before entering the helicopter simulator.

Exit helicopter and use of life raft
A look at the helicopter simulator training session, including travel, evacuation and entering the life raft. Also includes footage of instructors showing trainees the correct safety equipment and procedure to protect against the elements in the event of an emergency situation.

Submerged helicopter
A look at trainees being put through a partially submerged helicopter training session. (Four instructors to two trainees)

An interview with an instructor with 16 years experience, discussing the highly qualified staff, development in training standards, assessment processes and staff/trainee ratios at the training providers.

Fire Safety
An introduction to the fire fighting, self-rescue and escape training. Looking at the high quality, realistic training experienced in the safe environment of the training provider.

There is one clear message: “The individual makes the difference”. Consider the oil and gas industry as a place of work, it will offer you a tremendous career path and rewarding lifestyle.

Company Induction
Carried out by your employer as soon as you start work.

Pre-flight briefing
Completed at the Heliport prior to travel

Installation specific induction
Completed as soon as you arrive on the installation or rig.

Team and on-the job induction
Completed before you start work and at the start of every job.

Specialised Training
You may be able to take further specialised training in emergency response (ER) in addition to any continuous development training that your actual job role demands.

Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST):

The Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) programme is relevant to every member of the offshore UK oil and gas industry workforce.