The oil and gas industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world when it comes to safety.
Certainly, in the North Sea – and increasingly across the globe – the focus on safety is massive. It is not at all unusual now for installations to operate for several months, or even one or two years without a single recordable case, let alone an incident where people lose time at work because of injury (these are known as lost time incidents or LTI’s). This is not because the recording of incidents is being discouraged; it is, in fact, the opposite. Even the most minor graze or cut finger will be recorded and the causes investigated. Statistically, you’re much safer working offshore than in many onshore industries, e.g. construction or agriculture.
Everyone working offshore in the UK sector of the North Sea must follow the same induction process – called the Common Induction Process. In addition, everyone must have a valid offshore medical certificate – this is usually obtained at the same time as completing the Basic Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET).
A large percentage of the offshore workforce gain employment by self-sponsoring completion of the BOSIET course. Individuals seeking employment offshore should be aware that achievement of any course does not guarantee finding work in the offshore industry unless a prior agreement has been made with an employer.