Contractors Unlimited

Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)

What is the MIST programme and who is it designed for?

The training is designed for all offshore workers, both new to the industry and experienced personnel and includes awareness of the following nine areas:
  • Introduction to the Hazardous Offshore Environment
  • Working Safely including Safety Observations Systems
  • Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
  • Tasks that Require Permit to Work
  • Personal Responsibility in Maintaining Asset Integrity
  • Using Manual Handling Techniques Every Day
  • Controlling the Use of Hazardous Substances Offshore
  • Knowledge and Practices of Working at Height
  • Being Aware of Mechanical Lifting Activities
New starts should, in accordance with this Step Change in Safety initiative, attend a comprehensive approved 2 day introduction course or inhouse approved equivalent

Experienced personnel should, in accordance with this Step Change in Safety initiative, undertake an approved online training tool that provides training only in the areas that they specifically require, reducing unnecessary duplication and repetition. This will need to be refreshed every 4 years to maintain the current vantage accreditation

Both methods provide access to the MIST vantage accreditation for straightforward verification by employers and operators

What are the benefits of the MIST programme to employers?

  • A safer workforce
  • Consistent and cost effective introductory safety training
  • Reduced costs for new starts and existing workforce this programme is designed to avoid duplication of minimum safety training between operators
  • A single, central, quality assured verification that personnel have been trained to the standard via the Vantage system

What are the benefits of the MIST programme to industry?

  • Reduced waste and duplication
  • Tangible evidence of the industry commitment to making the UK the safest Oil and Gas Exploration and Production province in the world
  • A quality assured, industry wide standard of introductory safety training delivery for new starts
  • Valuable information regarding knowledge gaps in workforce knowledge so that ongoing training can be better targeted and focussed

What are the benefits of the MIST programme to the workforce?

  • Knowledge that co-workers share a standardised level of safety training and awareness
  • Evidence that industry is committed to making the UK the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry
  • A reduction in duplicate and repetitive safety training when changing locations


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