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Course Overview:
The course provides an awareness of the hazards encountered when travelling to and from offshore installations, offshore safety regime and safety management systems. Theoretical and practical training including Sea Survival techniques, First Aid, basic Firefighting and self-rescue, Helicopter safety and escape. The course is in Italian or in English, on request.


Aim and Structure:
To provide delegates with a basic level of understanding and awareness of safety and emergency response on offshore installations.
Delegates will be required to demonstrate their skills and a level of knowledge and understanding of key areas, as defined in the OPITO Standard for Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training.


Theoretical aspects:

  • Activities and installations:
    • Offshore activities: oil and gas extraction
    • Research and exploration of oil and gas deposits: how hydrocarbons are constituted, found and produced
    • Installation types, special boats: functions and characteristics:
    • Drilling – jack-up, semi-submersibles, drill ships
    • Production – oil and gas
    • Construction – heavy lifting, laying pipes
    • Module – accommodations
    • Special vessel – standby, support vessel
  • Offshore environment (distance, extreme conditions, work areas, accommodations)
  • Offshore dangers
    • Definition of danger, risk, control measures
    • Accident statistics: comparison with other types of industry;
    • Environmental impacts statistics
  • Risk levels: pressures, movements, chemical substances, electricity, gravity, noise, dangerous atmospheres, confined spaces
  • Offshore safety management
  • Multiple barriers model and systems to prevent dangers: Safe System of Work, Personal Responsibility for Safety, safety observation programs
  • Hazards control:
    • Control hierarchy and how safety measures get implemented
    • Risks evaluation and measures implementation: deposits isolation, eruption prevention systems, pipes lifting training, machinery protection, chemical and powder protection, electrical isolation, fall protection devices
    • Consequences of missed risks control
  • Legislation concerning offshore safety
    • How Offshore legislation is regulated: legislative requirements, legal liabilities, organisations’ role in oil industry, safety management system documentation
    • Legislation hierarchy
    • Directives
    • Health and safety document: greatest dangers, risks and control measures, how safety is guaranteed, health and safety body approbation, safety systems evaluation and standards to be reached
    • Employer and employees’ duties and concept of ALARP
    • How prevention and protection objectives and standards are established and how emergency response is planned and what standards must be reached
    • Authorities roles in terms of health and safety- purposes, activities of inspection authorities
    • ISO Standard use (ISO 14001 included)
    • Industry expectations towards personnel’s behaviour: safety standards and safety means
  • Offshore life and work
  • Good health requirements and medical standards
  • Procedures for prescribed medicines assumption
  • Policies on substances abuse
  • Wellbeing requirements: administrative dispositions and requirements once arrived on offshore installations, prohibited and allowed objects, safety electorate, safety representative and safety commission representative, instructions on installations dangers, workers responsibilities, workers communication line, cabin, laundry, recreational area, indications on smoke, relationships with others
  • Work routines: work authorization, PPE, keeping the workplace safe, garbage management, right to stop unsafe activities
  • Involvement in safety: observation system, work authorizations, toolbox talks, meetings on safety, trainings, supplementary emergency tasks, involvement
  • Communications on safety, communication lines included
  • What to do if not satisfied with the answer to a safety communication: contacting the supervisor, the platform manager, the safety representatives and the health and safety regulator
  • Accidents and illnesses: Accidents, near-miss accidents and illnesses. The role of the doctor, first-aid organisation, incident investigation, how to avoid them, how to support relatives in case of illnesses, accidents, serious accidents and evacuation



Theoretical aspects:

Helicopter flight

  • Pre-flight briefing
  • Pre-boarding: Arrival at the airport, suitable clothing, necessary documentation, prohibited articles on board, check-in operations, helicopter suits, life jackets
  • Safe boarding
  • Safety belts
  • Pre-flight video
  • Operations to be undertaken during the flight
  • Safe disembarkation
  • Emergencies
  • Operations in case of emergency (during the flight)
  • Impact positions
  • Shock mitigating seats
  • Operations in case of an emergency landing or ditching
  • Helicopters characteristics: flotation systems, escape routes, emergency exits, life raft
  • Independent actions in case of emergency
  • Survival operations: on rafts, in water (after evacuation due to ditching) and in case of an emergency landing
  • EBS : versions, checks, use, duration, flotation
  • Personal locator beacon


Practical sessions:

  • Wet suit wearing, life jackets, auxiliary emergency breathing system (EBS) and verification of its integrity
  • Opening, operations and breathing using EBS in different weather conditions
  • Operations to be executed before ditching or emergency landings
  • Operations following a controlled landing, evacuation through a designated point of exit
  • Opening, operations and breathing through EBS in the pool by using the own air before HUET exercises (the delegate must breathe in both negative and positive buoyancies which are created by different body inclinations in water)
  • Operations after a controlled water landing (including EBS opening and window opening after following flight crew’s instructions) and evacuation through a designated point of exit (use of a life raft)
  • Assistance in performing actions relating to a safe boarding on a life raft, including bow cables use, floating anchor use, boat awning installation and raft maintenance
  • Underwater escape through windows after a partial sinking of the helicopter
  • Without opening the EBS and without removing the window
  • By opening the EBS and breathing through it, without removing the window
  • By opening the EBS and breathing through it, by removing the window
  • Capsize helicopter underwater evacuation
  • Without opening the EBS and without removing the window
  • by opening and using the EBS before the capsizing, without removing the window
  • by opening and using the EBS before the capsizing and by removing the window
  • lifejackets inflation and visor opening in the water
  • Boarding on a life raft



Theoretical aspects:

  • Typical emergencies on offshore installations
  • Station bills
  • Escape means
  • Actions to be performed before, during and after an installation evacuation
  • Personnel’s knowledge of the type of installation required
    • Typical installation layout (escape routes, temporary shelters, assembly stations, access routes, helicopter decks, landing points, alternative escape points)
    • Installation alarms and communication methods (position, use and appropriate answer)
    • Possibility of delegating functions within the organisational structure, adequate procedures and required actions
    • Necessity and use of PPE (gloves, torches, smoke masks, survival suits, life jackets)
  • SAR (search and rescue) organisation, rescue means and life rafts, actions during the rescue intervention
  • Rescue from helicopter – winch operator’s tasks, guide cable, single and double
  • The importance of suitable clothing
  • Rescue methods: standby vessel, Fast rescue craft, Mechanical Rescue and Recovery Device, rete, basket e boarding ladder
  • Different types of rescue means and boats: freefall, single fall, twin fall
  • Their functions and characteristics
  • Assembly procedures, boarding, safety belt, safety precautions during descent and release, emergency equipment and provisions
  • Tertiary escape means: knotty rope, Japanese net, davit-launched rafts, boarding ladder, descender
  • First aid management
  • Accidents: haemorrhage, burns, chemical substances contact, heat and cold exposure
  • Priorities
  • Immediate first aid actions, before the doctor’s arrival: situation evaluation, area securing, injured people evaluation, taking care of the unconscious ones.


Practical session:

  • Assembly procedure, TEMPSC boarding, safety belt fastening
  • Entry into water (precautions if the entry is from a height)
  • How to wear a helicopter lifting harness, lifting and simulated entry in a rescue helicopter or aircraft
  • Survival procedures (in water): individual survival techniques (swimming, help position, airway protection) and group techniques (chain, huddle and circle positions)
  • Rescue with one of offshore methods recognized as valid
  • Boarding on a life raft, use of ropes, floating anchor, raft maintenance, lookout positioning, radio beacon activation, first aid kit
  • First aid interventions: alarm activation, situation and area safety evaluation, airway control, breathing, blood circulation, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, safety lateral position



Theoretical aspects:


  • Common causes of fires on petroleum plants and offshore gas plants, in particular fire due to electricity, welds or of domestic nature
  • Fire triangle: conduction, convection, irradiation
  • Extinguishing means: water, powder, foam, CO2
  • Fire and gas detection systems
  • Actions and precautions where these systems are active, safety and effects on health (halon and Co2 and the necessity to leave the area if the agent has been released)
  • Actions to be undertaken when a fire is discovered: alarm activation, firefighting portable equipment locations, area evacuation


Practical training:

  • Actions to be undertaken when a fire is discovered: alarm activation, firefighting portable equipment locations
  • How to activate the alarm
  • Use of different fire extinguishers: water, foam, powder, CO2
  • Use of hoses and fire blanket on A/B-class fires
  • Smoke-hood selection, wearing, use
  • Self-rescue techniques with smoke-hood to evacuate from areas subjected to smoke, heat, limited or absent visibility

– A valid, current offshore medical certificate; or
– An operator approved medical certificate


Next sessions:

MARCH 2022

  • Monday 28 (February) – Tuesday 01 (March) – Wednesday 02
  • Monday 07 – Tuesday 08 – Tuesday 09
  • Monday 14 – Tuesday 15 – Wednesday 16
  • Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 23
  • Monday 28 – Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30

APRIL 2022

  • Monday 04 – Tuesday 05 – Wednesday 06
  • Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 – Wednesday 13
  • Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 – Friday 22
  • Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28

MAY 2022

  • Monday 02 – Tuesday 03 – Wednesday 04
  • Monday 09 – Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11
  • Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18
  • Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25
  • Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 – Wednesday 01 (June)


JUNE 2022

  • Monday 06 – Tuesday 07 – Wednesday 08
  • Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 – Wednesday 15
  • Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22
  • Thursday 27 – Friday 28 – Saturday 29

On successful getting through the training programme, it’s issued the certificate Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training including HUET and EBS (BOSIET), OPITO approved.


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Additional notes

Duration: 24 hours

Category: Offshore

Code: O01

Target Audience: Personnel operating on offshore platforms

Validity: 4 years

Course Location: Apt Safety Group - Via delle Azalee, 21 - 27016 Sant'Alessio con Vialone (PV)

Participants: Max 16

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+39 0382.538026
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 17:30

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