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OPITO Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER) Training Programs for Personnel in the Onshore Oil and Gas Industry

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The onshore oil and gas industry is required to ensure that the workforce is prepared for an emergency in terms of escaping and evacuating from a particular worksite or location if required. This Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER) course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of an onshore emergency covering evacuation procedures, firefighting and self-rescue as well as emergency first aid. This course is based upon the syllabus of the globally recognized BOSIET / FOET.

The aims of this training are to introduce delegates to the specific emergency response issues and regimes relevant to onshore oil and gas operations, in relation to the proactive and reactive responses for personnel in the event of an onshore emergency.


The objectives of this training are that delegates will be able to - Identify the hazards which are specific to the onshore oil and gas industry that can lead to cause or increase the likelihood of fire; demonstrate, in a simulated environment, the emergency response actions during an onshore emergency; Demonstrate that they can effectively use basic firefighting equipment, and practice self-rescue techniques in low visibility situations; and demonstrate first aid techniques.

  • Duration: Approx. 8 hours (1 day)
  • Validity: 4 years
  • Medical Requirement: Offshore medical certificate or medical certificate from the company
  • Pre-requisites: Nil

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Emergency Response Actions

  • Identify the typical types of emergencies on an onshore oil and gas facility
  • Explain the emergency response knowledge required for all personnel on an onshore oil and gas facility.
  • Explain the actions to be taken in the event of a site alarm
  • Mustering procedures upon hearing a site alarm

Firefighting and Self-Rescue

  • Identify the common causes and nature of fires on an onshore oil and gas facility
  • Explain the “triangle of combustion” and how fire can spread
  • Explain the uses and limitations of various firefighting methods
  • Identify the dangers associated with fighting a small fire
  • Know how to assess the fire and make a decision on whether or not to fight the fire
  • Raising the alarm on discovery of a fire
  • Use of appropriate hand-held portable fire extinguishers
  • Use of a fire hose reel
  • Use of a fire blanket
  • Self-rescue techniques with no respiratory protection from areas where visibility is reduced due to smoke
  • Self-rescue techniques with a smoke hood from areas where visibility is reduced due to smoke
  • Small group escape techniques with an escape set (hood) from areas where visibility is completely obscured due to smoke

Emergency First Aid

  • Raising the alarm
  • Immediate first aid actions including Airway Breathing & CPR

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Last Updated: March 17, 2021