The British Safety Council now offers the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety, a new, globally-recognised training course and qualification for those with health and safety responsibilities in the international oil and gas industry.

Aimed at workers in both the onshore and offshore oil and gas sectors, the five-day course provides managers, supervisors, newly appointed safety advisers and rank-and-file workers with the knowledge and skills to help manage health and safety during all aspects of hydrocarbon extraction, processing and storage. Based on international standards and management systems, the course covers topics such as safety and environmental management, fire protection and emergency response, and logistics and transport operations.

Delivered face-to-face in a classroom setting, the course is available both on an ‘in-company’ basis and as a public course, open to all. The first public course is due to be held at the British Safety Council’s London Learning Zone in the first quarter of 2013, and the first organisation to receive the course ‘in-company’ is RasGas, Qatar’s liquefied natural gas giant. RasGas is training a mix of safety officers and industrial hygiene staff from its LNG processing plants.

Commenting on the new course and qualification, David Parr, head of product development and delivery at the British Safety Council, said, “The oil and gas industry is potentially one of the most hazardous, making it essential that international oil and gas producers and processors achieve the highest standards of health and safety in all aspects of their operations.”

“This new training course is based on the latest global best practice for hydrocarbon process safety, making it suitable for workers in all oil and gas sectors, from extraction to processing and storage.”