Considering the nature of working in the oil industry, the number of serious injuries or fatalities amongst oil workers based in the UK is relatively low. The most dangerous UK industries tend to be construction and agriculture, however, safety for workers in the oil industry is a serious issue. Fatalities in the UK’s oil industry are often, though not always, the result of air accidents with the worst single incident claiming 45 lives in 1986 in a Chinook crash. The importance of health and safety in the offshore industry is crucial to the operation of the oil business and it’s not only closely monitored and regulated but is also taken very seriously by oil companies. The NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate is one of the most common qualifications that apply to the industry and is nationally recognised as playing an important part in the safe operation of offshore platforms.
Who are NEBOSH?
NEBOSH was established in the late 1970s and is the awarding body for a large range of Occupational Health and Safety qualifications. The body has charitable status and creates the syllabuses and awards the certificates for those who have successfully completed the courses. However, NEBOSH does not deliver the training itself – this is done by accredited training firms. In some cases educational establishments offer NEBOSH courses and in other cases private training firms deliver them. Some of the courses are offered as distance learning options – as is the case for the Oil and Gas Certificate. When finding a training provider employers should confirm that the provider is accredited by NEBOSH to deliver the courses, and there are well over 400 accredited firms to choose from.
NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate – Comprehensive Cover
The NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate is suited to any employee working in the industry but it is particularly aimed at supervisors or managers as they hold key responsibilities for safety. The NEBOSH Oil and Gas course covers all relevant aspects of safety in the industry and not only equips the candidates with practical knowledge and experience but also helps to instil good working practices and raise awareness of issues facing managers and supervisors within the oil industry. Areas covered include all aspects of health, safety and environmental management. The course will also look at the hydrocarbon safety process, fire protection, emergency response systems, logistics and transport safety issues.
Building on Safety Records
The Oil and Gas industry qualifications are essential for key personnel in the industry and the NEBOSH qualification has the advantage of being recognised not only nationally in the UK but also globally as a leading standard of qualification. Given the nature of work in the industry this makes it a particularly attractive option for both employers and individual workers, opening up opportunities in both the UK industry and further a-field. Despite its risky nature, the British Oil and Gas industry has a good and improving safety record, for employers a key factor in safety issues is ensuring that staff are correctly trained to high standards.