Safety Training in The Oil and Gas Industry

The role of safety raining is becoming increasingly important these days.The target is to train all the workforce of the offshore in UK by the MIST program by the end of 2010.

The MIST program features nine important safety features:

1. Introducing to hazardous offshore environment
2. To work safely following safety regulatory measures
3. Assessing the risks involved
4. Availing the permit to work
5. Platform Integrity
6. Manual handling
7. Control of Substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
8. Working at height
9. Mechanical lifting

The employers in due consultation with the duty holders for a particular installation must determine the different programs suitable to their employees maintaining the relevance of their jobs. Every person in the workforce in Oil and Gas sector has to undergo this MIST training program.

For workers who are new to this industry, a 2 day safety training program approved by OPTIO (Oil and gas Academy) is provided throughout the UK, covering all the basic nine elements of MIST.

A quick OPITO approved e- learning tool is available, to guide the experienced offshore workers, which covers all the basic nine safety features and other unknown areas of concern and at the same time refreshes their skills of training.

This training boosts the confidence that all the co- workers are fully aware and trained in all safety measures, and UK is turning out to be the safest place to work in this oil and gas sector.

Since MIST has become a new industry safety standard, there is a constant demand among the employers for this training and the training providers need proper approvals from the OPITO to cater this demand. The training providers has to apply and demonstrate their abilities to carry out the training effectively.

Basic Offshore Safety Induction And Emergency Training (BOSIET) is another 3 day safety training course one has to undergo in oil and gas sector, which includes features like:

• Providing information about the offshore industry
• Training of escaping by helicopters
• Training of personal survival in emergency
• Training to use Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Crafts or life boats (TEMPSC) and life rafts
• Providing first aid post escape
• To fight firs using fire extinguishers and self rescue breathing apparatus
• Work permit
• Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)

Besides these various classroom trainings related to safe work, rules and regulations are provided. Various sea survival training, confidence in the water training forms this part of safety training through swimming pool sessions. With helicopter simulator training session workers are trained to escape by helicopters, evacuating the place and the use of the correct safety equipments in case of emergency. All safety trainings are provided to the workers to secure their lives and to make the offshore job hazard free as far as possible. Untoward incidents or casualties due to lack of training is a setback to the organization as Oil and Gas sector is one of the leading revenue earner of the UK government and scaling the growth of economy.