As some of you already know, following the CAA Report (CAP1145) released in February 2014, the UK Oil and Gas Industry has taken safety measures to somewhat the next level by introducing a new CAA approved Category A Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System.
As of the 1st of September all passengers travelling to and from an offshore installation by helicopter will be required to wear this device. All UK OPITO approved BOSIET/FOET training providers are expected to start delivering this OPITO approved training mid-July 2014.
So here’s a few thing we thought you might like to know about this new course and if you have an impending trip offshore, what to expect from it:
1. Course logistics
The Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) is a 90 minute course and is an industry requirement in addition to the existing Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) or Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET). The course can be booked in conjunction with the BOSIET and FOET or separately and it ensures delegates gain knowledge of the hazards and properties of a Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS).
2. Who is the course for?
The course is designed for any person travelling to and from an offshore installation by helicopter. As of the 1st of September 2014 anyone sat in aisle seat on board a helicopter will be required to have this certificate. However, by the 1st of January 2015 CA-EBS training will be mandatory to all personnel travelling to the UK Continental Shelf via helicopter.
3. What is the difference between the CA-EBS and the standard EBS?
The introduction of this advanced apparatus will provide users with the critical advantage of breathing clean air as opposed to existing re-breather systems. In the unfortunate event of an emergency helicopter landing, the CA-EBS will increase the user’s survival time underwater.
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