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The Importance of Helideck Safety

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The use of helicopters is essential to the efficiency of an offshore operation. They are needed to carry out the continuous movement of supplies and transportation of personnel among others. 

Ensuring uninterrupted and safe activities for helicopters on offshore platforms demands a compliant helideck platform and well-managed operations. Appointed personnel in helideck management are required to undergo specialized training like OPITO training courses in the Philippines.

Location hazards

The unique offshore environment poses more risks to helicopter movement than any other landing area. Platforms and operations are adversely impacted by severe and shifting weather conditions. Due to offshore’s harsh and restrictive setting, strict safety systems and standards are placed to establish secure and risk-free helideck platforms.

Accident-prone setting

Fire hazard is one of the main issues addressed in an offshore helideck’s safety standards. A helicopter crashing and burning onto a landing platform requires immediate action and intervention to avoid disastrous outcomes on the structure and loss of lives.

All foreseen and possible risks are taken into consideration to improve the changing offshore industry practices. Specialized manpower, capable of handling and maintaining efficient operation at all times, and an above-standard helideck platform are logical safety solutions.

Helideck safety

A helideck’s safety is linked to the condition and construction of the landing platform. Regular maintenance and improvement are necessary measures for keeping its optimal state. Offshore helidecks undergo rigid inspection and certification to align with the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAS) safety standards. Comprehensive checklists are provided to ensure a safe landing area for helicopters.

Highly-trained personnel

Helideck operations and maintenance are performed by trained and certified personnel, namely, the Helideck Landing Officer (HLO) and Helideck Assistant (HDA). These roles require going through specialized training in accredited centers. 

Considered as offshore installation’s lifeline, they undertake various tasks and provide essential services for efficient movement and operations in the helideck. They’re also equipped to act as an emergency response team when the need arises.

The structural condition of helidecks is just half of the equation. The addition of highly skilled and well-equipped manpower completes the requirements when it comes to helideck safety. Accredited centers offering OPITO training courses in the Philippines will provide a steady supply of essential personnel in maintaining safe offshore installations.

OPITO appoints its new CEO

The Offshore Petroleum Industry Organization (OPITO),  which sets the standards for the oil and gas industry since 1991, appoints its new CEO, John McDonald. OPITO has been improving workforce safety and competency through the trainings they conduct. Over 250, 000 people train to OPITO standards across the globe every year.  And here in the Philippines, offshore safety schools also provide opito training to students who aspire to board ships.  

This organizational change seeks to further drive the international agenda on skills applied in the oil and gas industry. Prior to being a part of OPITO, Mr. McDonald was a director at ACTVET, the government body placed in charge with creating vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi.  

As the newly appointed CEO, he plans to ensure that OPITO continues to be the globally industry-led organization that drives not only the skills agenda, but also in helping modernize standards and improve competency by embracing digital technologies.  

Later this year, OPITO is gearing up to launch an initiative to create a step to change  training standards through technology driven innovation.