Safety first

The UK wants to be the safest place in the world to work in the oil and gas industry. To ensure that individuals can do their specific job correctly, effectively and safely, a set of standards and behaviours that have been set. Every company and every individual in the industry should trained in the same way. Every single individual working in the offshore oil and gas industry must complete a Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training course, this is known in the industry as the BOSIET. It doesn’t matter what job you undertake or what level your job is at, everyone is required to complete a BOSIET to work offshore.


Petrofac Training Services

Petrofac has over 30 years experience in delivering safety, survival and emergency response training to the offshore energy industry. They operate in Europe, America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and deliver over 300 courses in the UK. Courses have a combination of classroom based learning as well as practical hands on training, in environments and facilities that are as close to the real environment as possible. Petrofac also design some courses to be specific to an organisation in order to help them train their staff.

More about Petrofac

  • Two, three metre deep swimming pools which allow them to train people in certain survival techniques
  • A large fire ground in Montrose which contains 8 different modules where they can realistically start fires for training purposes
  • Facility at Aberdeen Harbour which trains people in operating lifeboats, fast rescue crafts and freefall lifeboats
  • Four major emergency management simulators which they use to train offshore installation managers and other roles. These simulators are set up with radio communication, computer systems, and alarm warnings.
Petrofac is a leading provider of training and consultancy solutions to the global oil & gas industry Training Services employs more than 450 highly experienced and competent personnel worldwide.Many of Petrofac Training instructors are multi-skilled in two or more training disciplines and are drawn from a multitude of backgrounds including; the military and domestic fire services, marine industry, fishing, army and navy, exploration and production, chemical, and the aviation industry.In addition to being Emergency Response and Crisis Management practitioners, all are experienced trainers and excellent communicators.

Training Courses

Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) – 3 days

This course is designed to provide delegates with a basic knowledge of safety and emergency response procedures for working in the UK sector of the North Sea. Delegates will gain a basic level of understanding and awareness of the hazards encountered when working on offshore installations, and of the safety regime and safety management systems in place to control and mitigate those hazards. The course isa mix of theoretical and practical sessions, during which delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.

Course content

  • Basic safety induction
  • Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)
  • Fire fighting and self rescue
  • Helicopter safety and escape
  • Sea survival
  • Survival first aid

Course details

Prerequisites Delegates must be at least 16 years of age
Target Audience All personnel employed on an offshore installation or seeking employment in the UKCS.
Certification An OPITO-approved Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.
Revalidation Every four years.
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Altens, Aberdeen.
Items to bring All delegates must bring swimwear, a towel and a change of casual clothing to wear underneath the fire training equipment. Photographic ID.
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.
Dates Courses run weekly.

Universal Basic Survival – 3 days

This course is designed to provide delegates with a basic knowledge of safety and emergency response procedures for working in the UK and other European sectors. Delegates will gain a basic level of understanding and awareness of the hazards encountered when working on offshore installations, and of the safety regime and safety management systems in place to control and mitigate those hazards. The course is a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, and delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.

Course content

  • Basic safety induction
  • Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)
  • Fire fighting and self rescue
  • Helicopter safety and escape
  • Sea survival
  • First aid
  • Escape systems

Course details

Prerequisites Delegates must be at least 16 years of age
Target Audience Personnel requiring certification to allow them to work in the UK and other European sectors
Certification An OPITO-approved Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training certificate and an Escape Systems Training certificate, will be issued on successful completion of the course
Revalidation Every four years.
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Altens, Aberdeen.
Items to bring All delegates must bring swimwear, a towel and a change of casual clothing to wear underneath the fire training equipment. Photographic ID.
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.
Dates Courses run weekly.

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) – 4 hours

This course is designed to provide personnel who travel by helicopter with an understanding of helicopter escape procedures and, in particular, action to be taken to evacuate or escape from a ditched/capsized helicopter. Delegates are introduced to HUET training in a theoretical manner which is supplemented by demonstration and delegate participation.

Course Content

  • Action prior to ditching
  • Actions following simulated ditching including submersion and inversion of helicopter
  • Deployment and operation of Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)
  • Helicopter emergency procedures

Course details

Prerequisites Delegates must be at least 16 years of age
Target Audience Personnel who travel by helicopter over water. It is also suitable for personnel who have undertaken survival training which did not include helicopter underwater escape training
Certification An OPITO-approved Helicopter Underwater Escape Training certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course
Revalidation Every four years.
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Altens, Aberdeen.
Items to bring All delegates must bring swimwear, a towel and a change of casual clothing to wear underneath the fire training equipment. Photographic ID.
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.
Dates Courses run weekly.

Renewables UK Marine Survival Training – 1 day

This course is designed to provide all persons working on wind turbines offshore with a basic knowledge of safety and emergency response procedures. Delegates will gain a level of understanding and awareness of the hazards encountered when working on a wind turbine offshore. Included within the course is vessel abandonment, sea survival and first aid, all of which are tailored specifically for the wind turbine industry. The course is a mix of both theoretical and practical sessions. During the training the delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.

Course content

  • First aid equipment
  • Helicopter winching techniques(demonstration and practical)
  • Life-saving appliances
  • Location aids and rescue
  • Principles of first aid
  • Safety induction
  • Safe transfer of personnel by vessel
  • Unconscious casualties
  • Vessel abandonment
  • Wet drill (practical)

Course details

Prerequisites None
Target Audience Personnel who are required to work on offshore wind turbines
Certification Renewables UK-approved certification will be issued on completion of the course
Revalidation Every three years
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Altens, Aberdeen
Items to bring All delegates must bring swimwear, a towel and a change of casual clothing to wear underneath the fire training equipment – Photographic ID
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement
Dates Dates on request

Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) – 2 days

This introductory safety training programme is designed to introduce the fundamental safety elements of the offshore oil & gas industry, giving an appreciation of the potential hazards and controls that might be encountered by personnel working offshore. The course consists of lecture and discussion and includes case studies and some practical exercises. Each module also includes a written assessment.

Course Content

The syllabus consists of nine modules:

  1. Introduction to the Hazardous Offshore Environment
  2. Working Safely including Safety Observation Systems
  3. Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
  4. Tasks that require a Permit to Work
  5. Personal Responsibility in Maintaining Asset Integrity
  6. Using Manual Handling Techniques Every Day
  7. Controlling the Use of Hazardous Substances Offshore
  8. Knowledge and Practices of Working at Height
  9. Being Aware of Mechanical Lifting Activities

Course details

Prerequisites It is expected that delegates will have previously attended the BOSIET course, as this course is designed to build on the safety-related topics included within BOSIET
Target Audience The course is intended for new entrants to the offshore oil & gas industry
Certification An OPITO-approved certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course
Revalidation Every four years by on-line assessment
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Altens, Aberdeen or at the customer’s own premises if preferred, subject to suitability
Items to bring Photographic ID
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.
Dates Courses run weekly

Combined Intro to Rigging, Lifting and Banksman Slinger – 5 days

This course combines the three-day banksman slinger and three-day rigging and lifting into one five-day course. It covers lifting operations involving the use of lifting equipment to lift and transfer loads and lifting operations utilising cranes. To ensure these operations can be carried out safely it is vital that operatives of lifting equipment and accessories for lifting are aware of the safe and correct use of equipment and the probable consequences if safe and best practice is not followed. The course is a mix of theory and practical with a bias towards practical exercises. Delegates are evaluated by means of an examination.

Course content

On completion of training the delegate will be able to:

  • Carry out basic calculation of angles and tension
  • Define lifting operation and equipment terminology
  • Direct crane by hand and radio signals l Identify common unsafe practices and probable consequences
  • Identify safe and correct use and pre-use examination of rigging and lifting equipment
  • Plan routine lifting operations and understand requirement for non-routine/complex lift planning
  • Understand relevant legislation applicable to lifting operations
  • Understand basic functions and safe working practices for offshore pedestal cranes and overhead travelling cranes
  • Understand care and storage requirements
  • Understand the requirement of lifting operation risk assessment

Course details

Greenhand training – 5 days

This course is designed for entrants preparing/ aspiring for a career in the offshore industry. The course includes the approved three-day OPITO-approved banksman and slinging operations course. The course is a mix of theory and practical with a bias towards practical exercises and includes written and practical examination.

Course content

  • An overview of the offshore oil industry
  • Helideck safety awareness
  • Manual handling
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety observation
  • Banksman and slinging operations – OPITO-approved
  • Understanding of applicable legislation
  • Basic drilling understanding

Course details

Prerequisites None
Target Audience Personnel with limited or no offshore experience wishing to begin a career in the oil & gas industry
Certification Petrofac Training Services-approved certification and an OPITO-approved banksman and slinging operations certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course
Revalidation Although no revalidation for Greenhand is required, the banksman and slinging operations revalidation is determined by the dutyholder
Venue Held at Petrofac Training Services, Forties Road, Montrose
Items to bring PPE – safety boots, coveralls, gloves, warm/wet weather clothing and hard hat – Photographic ID
Health All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement
Dates Courses run fortnightly