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Guidelines for Mutual Recognition of Specialised Safety and Emergency Response Training in the North Sea Operations

The petroleum industry in  the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark has signed an agreement on specialised safety and emergency training that is valid across national borders.

A new letter of intent has been entered into by Oil & Gas UK, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, NOGEPA (the Netherlands) and Olie Gas Danmark (Denmark).

The agreement is based on specialised safety and emergency training in one country being recognised in the other North Sea countries (i.e. competence within search and rescue). At the same time, strict safety requirements are complied with and maintained.

The document can be found here.

Since the above document was agreed the UK CAA launched its report CAP1145 on offshore aviation operations. One of the actions from this report was to introduce Cat. A compressed air emergency breathing systems into the UKCS. This became mandatory from 1st September 2014 and requires specific additional training in order to fly offshore in the UK.

Alignment of safety training across North-West Europe

The petroleum industry in  the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark has signed a revised agreement on safety training that is recognised across national borders.

A new Memorandum of Agreement  has been entered into by Oil & Gas UK, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, NOGEPA (the Netherlands) and Olie Gas Danmark (Denmark).

The agreement is a new revision of an existing agreement, which is based on the mutual principle of safety and emergency preparedness training in one country being recognised in the other North Sea countries. At the same time, strict safety requirements are complied with and maintained.

A matrix of mutually recognised safety and emergency preparedness training is available here. Note that this matrix will be amended in light of the introduction of the new emergency breathing system on the UK continental shelf.  Training in the use of this equipment will be obligatory for all personnel flying offshore

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