NEBOSH accredited course providers offer a variety of course formats enabling candidates and employers to arrange training around the needs of the business. Many NEBOSH training providers will offer in-company courses, to allow the inclusion of material specifically relevant to the organisation’s workplace.

The NEBOSH Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety covers the principles of process safety management in the oil and gas industries. The syllabus takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international industry standards.

Key topics covered

• Health, safety and environmental management in context
• Hydrocarbon process safety
• Fire protection and emergency response
• Logistics, transport operations.

This qualification is designed specifically for those with safety responsibilities in the oil and gas industry. It is one of the most recent additions to our portfolio of globally-recognised health, safety, environmental and risk management qualifications. Candidates are assessed by a written examination.

It’s a specialist qualification for people in the oil and gas industry who are responsible for ensuring safety as part of their day to day duties. It is aimed at people such as managers, supervisors, employee representatives and newly appointed health and safety advisers.

The qualification focuses on international standards and management systems, enabling students to effectively discharge workplace safety responsibilities both onshore and offshore. The Certificate also highlights the importance of process safety management in the oil and gas industry.

Students should already have an underpinning knowledge of safety issues and may already have studied one of NEBOSH’s Certificate-level qualifications.

 

Entry Requirements

The standard of English required by candidates studying the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. It is important to stress that the onus is on accredited course providers to determine their candidates’ standards of proficiency in English.
NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto an International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety programme.
NEBOSH does not set specific formal entry requirements for this qualification. However it should be noted that the achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) or equivalent prior to undertaking the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety course is highly recommended. This qualification is designed as a specialist sector-specific supplement to the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) rather than to replace knowledge and understanding of general health and safety gained as part of the IGC.

Further information regarding the NEBOSH International General Certificate can be found via: www.nebosh.org.uk
Previous experience in the oil and gas industry and an understanding of related processes is desirable.

Content

The International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety (May 2010 specification) consists of one unit:
Unit IOG1: Management of international oil and gas operational safety

Unit IOG1 is a taught unit, assessed by one two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (8 marks each) and one ‘long answer’ question (20 marks). The examination paper covers the whole unit syllabus with at least one
question per unit element and all questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by
external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
The pass standard for the unit may vary according to pre-determined criteria but is normalised to
45%.
When candidates have passed the unit a final grade is awarded as follows:
Pass 45 – 54 marks

Credit 55 – 65 marks

Distinction 65 or more

Once a candidate has achieved a Pass and the overall qualification grade awarded they are normally considered to have completed the qualification and an overall qualification parchment will be issued, within three months of the result declaration date.

Unit IOG1: Management of international oil and gas operational safety.

  • Health, safety and environmental management in context
  • Hydrocarbon process safety
  • Hydrocarbon process safety
  • Fire protection and emergency response
  • Logistics and transport operations

Minimum unit tuition time:  34 hours
Recommended private study time: 20 hours

Topics covered in each element

Health, safety and environmental management in context

Learning from incidents; Hazards inherent in oil and gas; Risk management techniques used in the oil
and gas industries; An organisation’s documented evidence to provide a convincing and valid
argument that a system is adequately safe.

Hydrocarbon process safety 1.

Contractor management; Process Safety Management (PSM); Role and purpose of a permit-to-work
system; Key principles of safe shift handover; Plant operations and maintenance; Start up and shut
down.

Hydrocarbon process safety 2.

Failure modes; Other types of failures; Safety critical equipment controls; Safe containment of
hydrocarbons; Fire hazards, risks and controls; Furnace and boiler operations.

Fire protection and emergency response.

Fire and explosion in the oil and gas industries; Emergency response.

Logistics and transport operations.

Marine transport; Land transport.