So, you want to work offshore?
If you have never been offshore before and are considering moving into the offshore industry, do you really know if it’s the job for you?
Offshore employment can be demanding; as a rule, work patterns are organised into 12-hour shift patterns and employees usually live on the platform for 2 to 3 weeks at a time(UK North Sea).
All offshore employees are rigorously trained in safety and environmental regulations and are expected to adhere to them at all times, to ensure the safety and protection of the people and the surrounding environment.
Whilst each operating company works to minimise the risks present on their installations, residual risks will always remain for as long as there is a human factor involved.
If you are the kind of person who does not take well to regulations, rules and authority, then offshore work is not for you.
Before you can even set foot on an offshore installation, you will need the following:
- BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training)
- UKOOA Medical (Medical approved by the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association)
You may also be required to prove competency in certain areas pertinent to your role offshore and this usually is achieved through the completion of role-specific onshore training/certification prior to heading offshore.