Medical & Health Requirements

Training and/or assessment activities contained within this course may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be physically and mentally capable of participating fully. Therefore OPITO approved training centres are required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating practical exercises, the delegate must either:

a)Possess a valid, current offshore medical certificate, or

b)Possess an operator approved medical certificate, or

c)Undergo medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO approved centre.

Learning Outcomes

MODULE 1: Safety Induction

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to:

(1) Identify the main offshore hazards and hazard effects/consequences; explain their associated risks, and how they are controlled.

(2) Explain the potential environmental impact of offshore installation operations.

(3) Identify key offshore installation safety regulations and explain the basic concept of these regulations.

(4) Explain the principles of managing safety on offshore installations.

(5) State the procedure for prescribed medicines offshore.

(6) Explain the concept of alcohol and substance abuse policy.

(7) Explain PPE requirements of working on an offshore installation.

(8) Explain how to report incidents, accidents and near misses on an offshore installation.

(9) Explain the role of the Offshore Medic.

MODULE 2 – Helicopter Safety and Escape

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to demonstrate:

(1)Donning of an aviation transit suit, an aviation life jacket, compressed air emergency breathing system (CA-EBS) equipment and conducting integrity checks of the CA-EBS equipment, including buddy checks.

(2)Deploying (left and right hand) and breathing from CA-EBS equipment at atmospheric pressure in dry conditions

(3) Actions to take in preparing for a helicopter emergency landing

(4) Following instruction from the crew, location of CA-EBS equipment and evacuation from a helicopter using a nominated exit, following a controlled emergency descent to a dry landing (conducted in helicopter simulator at poolside on dry land)

(5) Actions to be taken in preparing for an in-water ditching including location of exit, deploying and breathing from CA-EBS equipment at atmospheric pressure in dry conditions (conducted in helicopter simulator at poolside on dry land)

(6) Dry evacuation, using a nominated exit, to an aviation life raft from a helicopter ditched on water (and, on instructions from the aircrew, operation of a push out window), assisting others where possible and carrying out initial actions on boarding the aviation life raft, to include: mooring lines, deploying the sea anchor, raising the    canopy and raft maintenance*

(7) Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a  partially submerged helicopter (without operation of a push out window)*

(8) Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a partially submerged helicopter (with operation of a push out window)*

(9) Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a capsized helicopter (without operation of a push out window)*

(10) Inflation of an aviation life jacket, deployment of a spray visor and boarding of an aviation life raft from the water*

MODULE 3 – Sea Survival

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to demonstrate:

(1) Donning of a permanent buoyancy life jacket prior to use in an emergency.

(2) The correct actions when mustering and boarding a survival craft (TEMPSC) as   a passenger during launching operations.

(3) Fitting of a helicopter strop and correct body posture during winching.

(4) Water entry (stepping off poolside, maximum height 1 metre) and the precautions to be taken when entering the water.

(5) Individual and group sea survival techniques, to include: swimming, getting   into Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP), wave-slap protection, towing,   chain, huddle and circle.

(6) Boarding a marine life raft from the water.

(7) Immediate first aid actions, to include: ABC.

 MODULE 4 – Firefighting and Self Rescue

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to demonstrate:

(1) Correct use of hand held portable fire extinguishers and which ones to use for different classes of fires.

(2) Self-rescue techniques with a smoke hood from areas where visibility is reduced due to smoke.

(3) Self-rescue techniques with a smoke hood from areas where visibility is completely obscured.

(4) Small group escape techniques with a smoke hood from areas where visibility is completely obscured.

Delegate Performance Assessment:

Delegates will be assessed against the learning outcomes specified in the OPITO standard using direct observation and oral and/or written questions as appropriate.

Formal evaluation of knowledge:

Delegates will be required to undertake a written test at the end of Module 1 (duration: 30 minutes) as a method of checking that they have met all the Module 1 learning outcomes. The test will be ‘open-book’ and questions must be clearly referenced against specific Module 1 learning outcomes. There must be a minimum of two questions per learning outcome. The test pass mark is 80%.