BOSIET: The Basics

Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training, or BOSIET introduces delegates to the specific safety issues and regimes relevant to offshore installations, and to equip them with the basic emergency response knowledge and skills for travelling to and from offshore installations by helicopter. If you want to try your luck in the oil and gas industry, this is the first training requirement that you have to fulfill.   From the name itself, it gives the students a basic rundown on maintaining safety in offshore operations.

While the course might seem quite technical, its coverage can be easily divided into four different aspects.

Safety Induction

This is where newly-inducted staff are informed of the necessary steps they should follow while working on an oil drill. Students are taught what to do during emergency situations such as fires, waste disposal accidents, and even alcohol and drug abuse.

Helicopter Safety and Escape

One of the most exciting part of the course is the helicopter escape training.  The proper way to board a helicopter and the right way to use breathing equipment are among what is taught during this stage, as they deal with the safety procedures one must do during evacuation of the site. It also covers how to escape a capsized helicopter.

Sea Survival

This stage focuses on teaching students when it’s wise to abandon the offshore drill and how to survive the sea until rescuers arrive. This is where preservation skills are taught and improved so the chances of survival are higher once unfortunate accidents do happen.

Firefighting and Self-rescue

The final aspect of BOSIET takes on a more active approach in fighting any dangers, specifically fire. Students are informed of the possible causes of fire in the offshore drill, as well as the basics of operating hoses and fire extinguishers. This also encompasses how to navigate in smoke due to limited vision.

BOSIET is just the first step in offshore safety training. After a certain point past the completion of the course, students would be required to take a refresher course which is called FOET. Failure to do so after a certain amount of time will require retaking the full BOSIET course.

BOSIET not only equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of an offshore emergency; it also enhances their survivability through proper use of emergency equipment and procedures. Thus, it is very important to train under an experienced OPITO approved training provider.

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