For offshore workers, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) legislation contains numerous compulsory training courses dependent on employees’ area of work, which are constantly being updated. New legislation now requires all offshore personnel to complete Emergency Breathing Systems training as standard before they are authorised to travel offshore.
The Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System, also known as CA-EBS, is not the only compulsory training course offshore workers are required to complete – this is alongside and in addition to offshore survival, medical and The Minimum Industry Safety Training course (MIST). The legislation for CA-EBS contains strict and specific rules. According to OPITO
, “As of 1st of September 2014, all UK passengers travelling by helicopter to and from an offshore installation, who are not seated next to an emergency exit will be required to wear this device. From 1st January 2015, ALL UK passengers on all UK helicopter flights to and from an offshore installation will be required to wear this device.”
The CA-EBS training is an OPITO approved course. Each course lasts approximately an hour and a half; it consists of a safety video, demonstrations of the EBS and a practical assessment. The aim of the course is to provide further safety to all offshore personnel; HSSE is essential not only when located offshore but also when travelling to and from offshore sites.
At Fircroft, the safety of our contractors is paramount – health and safety is one of the most vital aspects of the oil and gas industry, and we are committed to providing such information not only to our contractors but to all current and prospective workers in the industry.