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Offshore Survival Course

Just about every operator worldwide insists that everyone travelling to one of their offshore assets (production platform, drill rig, FPSO etc) must complete an offshore survival course before being allowed to travel. This offshore survival training applies to employees and visitors alike, irrespective of the length of the visit, whether it be for a 3 week rotation or one afternoon's survey.


The BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) course is designed for personnel intending to work on an offshore installation in the UK sector and forms part of a Common Offshore Safety Induction process.

The course provides an awareness of the hazards encountered when travelling to and from offshore installations, offshore safety regime and safety management systems. It also includes theoretical and practical training in sea survival, including first aid, basic fire fighting and self rescue, helicopter safety and escape.

The course provides attendees with a basic level of understanding and awareness of safety and emergency response on offshore installations.

The course focuses on the following elements:
  • Safety Induction: Offshore hazards, their control and consequences. Waste disposal/environmental awareness. How offshore safety is regulated. How offshore safety is managed. Procedures for prescribed medicines. Alcohol and substance abuse policy. PPE requirements. Procedures for reporting incidents, accidents and near misses. Role of the Medic.
  • Helicopter Safety & Escape: Pre boarding. Safe boarding. In flight safety. Safe disembarkation. In flight emergency actions. Use of emergency breathing system equipment. Practical emergency escape breathing system training. Practical emergency ditching and escape training.
  • Sea Survival: Abandonment theory and practical sea survival training. Actions for mustering and boarding of a survival craft, and actions as a passenger during launching operations. Use of helicopter rescue strops, and winching procedures. Emergency first aid including CPR.
  • Firefighting and Self Rescue: Nature and causes of fire. Fixed systems and response. Use of hand held extinguishers. Operation of fixed hose reels. Self rescue techniques in reduced visibility and completely obscured visibility. Use of escape hoods.
The OPITO BOSIET course is 3 days in duration and the cost of a basic course is around £600, plus any accommodation costs.

Certification is valid for 4 years, and a refresher Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET - 1 day) must be completed before your basic certificate expires otherwise the whole 3 day course must be repeated. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Additional Training

Additional training can be provided to candidates who hold a valid OPITO BOSIET or FOET certificate. This will allow them to satisfy the requirements of the North Sea Mutual Acceptance of Basic Safety and Emergency Preparedness Training Agreement dated 1st November 2007, to provide additional training in compliance with OLF requirements, for personnel who are not in possession of OLF Basic Safety training (02) certification.

The programme focuses on the additional requirements for:

Norwegian Survival Suit & Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS Revision)
  • Able to don and use the survival suit and emergency breathing system
Escape Chute
  • Correct entering of chute
  • Evacuation through the escape chute
  • Correctly exiting the chute
Lifesaving First Aid
  • Free air way, stabilise and recovery position
  • Stop bleeding, prevent circulation failure
  • Carry out CPR

Minimum Industry Safety Training Standard (MIST)

Minimum Industry Safety Training Standard (MIST) was introduced on 1st April 2009. 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
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