Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)

This course aims to ensure every member of the offshore oil and gas industry has a basic level of safety knowledge.

Information for individuals new to the industry:

A 2-day OPITO Approved training course is available at locations throughout the UK, covering nine basic safety elements.

  • Introduction to the Hazardous Offshore Environment
  • Working Safely including Safety Observations Systems
  • Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
  • Tasks that Require a Permit to Work
  • Personal Responsibility in Maintaining Asset Integrity
  • Using Manual Handling Techniques every day
  • Controlling the use of Hazardous Substances Offshore
  • Knowledge and Practices of Working at Height
  • Being Aware of Mechanical Lifting Activities

Many employers require MIST and BOSIET training as well as a medical certificate as a minimum requirement for working offshore.  Click here to find an approved Training Provider near you. Alternatively, your employer may have OPITO approval to offer MIST training 'in house'.

For experienced offshore workers:

A quick and efficient OPITO Approved e-learning tool will guide you through the nine basic safety elements and fill identified knowledge gaps (subject to a refresher every four years). 

Contact Atlas Interactive T:+44 (0) 1224 708430 E: info@atlasinteractive.com for more information.

Benefits to you - be confident that:

  • Your co-workers share a standardised level of safety training and awareness
  • Your industry is committed to making the UK the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry
  • You minimise duplicate and repetitive safety training

 

Information for employers

There are different methods of training available to employers depending upon preferences and requirements.

For workers new to the industry

There are 2 possible routes for training new entrants:

  1. Training at an OPITO Approved Training Provider
    A 2 day course is available from the approved training organisations and the cost of the training will vary according to the provider selected, how many places you wish to book etc. All approved training providers will include the cost of registering the delegate onto the Vantage Central Register database on satisfactory completion of the course and will provide you with course joining instructions and certificates of attendance.
  2. Training your own staff:
    Employers can deliver an approved 2 day dedicated course, or combine the MIST content within their own induction training. Approval must be sought prior to delivery of this training. Employers can also obtain approval to provide MIST to employees as part of an on-going in-house training programme e.g. where you already have an induction course that covers most or all of the nine areas listed. There are free training resources available to help you deliver this training and approval free of charge for employers that do not provide training commercially to third parties (a Vantage registration fee of £21.00 per delegate registration does apply). Employers must have access to suitably trained and qualified staff to deliver the training. For more information please contact Gillian Clark.

Approval must be applied for by completing an application form and submitting details of the training to be delivered prior to a site audit. All the necessary documentation can be downloaded from the OPITO website.

 

Introduced April 2009

The oil and gas industry workforce identified basic safety knowledge and awareness as a key concern throughout the UK offshore oil and gas industry. A Step Change in Safety Leadership Workgroup was formed to improve safety performance by applying best practice training at a consistent level across industry in safety critical areas.

The outcome was the development and implementation of a Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) Standard which has been applied by the majority of Operators across the UK offshore oil and gas sector.

With the aim of creating ‘one industry, one global standard’, OPITO rolled out IMIST (International Minimum Industry Safety Training) to ensure the experience and knowledge in safety gained in the UKCS over the past 40 years is communicated globally.

The training:

The MIST Standard covers nine basic safety elements:

  • Introduction to the Hazardous Offshore Environment
  • Working Safely including Safety Observations Systems
  • Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
  • Tasks that Require a Permit to Work
  • Personal Responsibility in Maintaining Asset Integrity
  • Using Manual Handling Techniques every day
  • Controlling the use of Hazardous Substances Offshore
  • Knowledge and Practices of Working at Height
  • Being Aware of Mechanical Lifting Activities

 

Getting Involved

The Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) programme is relevant to every member of the offshore UK oil and gas industry workforce.

 

For workers new to the industry:

A two day OPITO approved training course is available at locations throughout the UK, covering all nine basic safety elements.

 

For experienced offshore workers:

A quick and efficient OPITO approved e-learning tool will guide you through the nine basic safety elements and fill identified knowledge gaps (Subject to a refresher every four years).

The MIST programme is an essential part of your offshore training with the majority of Operators requiring you to have completed the training before you can travel offshore to their assets.

Speak to your supervisor or HR department to find out more.

Benefits to you – be confident that:

  • Your co-workers share a standardised level of safety training and awareness
  • Your industry is committed to making the UK the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry
  • You minimise duplicate and repetitive safety training

For more information on the MIST programme, including:

  • Content of training course
  • Current approved training providers
  • Accessing the e-learning tool

Contact Graham Gall at OPITO for more information

Graham.Gall@opito.com

For more information regarding MIST and general enquiries contact:

Step Change in Safety
T:+44 (0) 1224 577268
E: info@stepchangeinsafety.net

 

For more information regarding the MIST Online Tool contact:

Atlas Interactive
T:+44 (0) 1224 708430
E: info@atlasinteractive.com

 

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