UK-based oilfield services provider Petrofac has launched a new Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) approved online training course to address oil spill preparations.
The DECC Level 1 course has been designed for personnel ready to undertake the role of offshore on-scene commander (OSC) during an oil spill incident. It was created in consultation with industry offshore installation managers (OIM).
Under the new course, training would be offered with regard to the UK’s regulatory requirements during an oil spill.
Split into modules, the course provides an overview of an offshore incident from the initial sighting of oil to response completion.
The modules feature digital animation, video, and interactive activities created by Petrofac’s e-learning specialists, Oilennium.
Upon completion of the course, which needs to be renewed every three years, users can refer to the e-learning content for one year from the activation of their licence to strengthen their knowledge.
Petrofac Training Services environmental response manager Andy Lang said: "Our new offering now complements Petrofac’s existing suite of accredited oil spill training courses including DECC Level 2 and 3.
"We worked in partnership with Oilennium and OIMs to develop this comprehensive new course.
"A key feature is the state-of-the-art animation and highly visual approach, which ensures the information is engaging for those who may one day find themselves in an oil spill situation."
The company obtained approval for its new OPITO-approved major emergency management initial response course in November 2010 through its training services business.
The four-day course was designed to provide the first stages of knowledge and experience in emergency management.