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Leading oil and gas operators accept SafeLand USATM 2021 Basic with Offshore (commonly called SafeGulf) as training that meets and/or exceeds their minimum orientation requirements for employees and contractor-workers. SafeGulf has become the standard orientation program for the offshore oil and gas industry.
SafeGulf deserves such wide acceptance because it meets rigorous industry safe work recommendations including those established in API RP 75, API RP T-1 (Orientation for First Time Offshore Personnel), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement requirements, and many OSHA awareness training regulations.
The SafeGulf-accredited 9-hour course satisfies most major/mid-major operators’ contractor-safety training requirements. The curriculum reviews hazards, controls, requirements, and recommendations with workers at an awareness level. The course introduces general safety information that any worker should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties. It intends to give each student a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry: upstream, downstream, onshore, or offshore.
Omega Safety Training, Inc. (OSTI) conducts this instructor-led general awareness-level course virtually most days or in-person at your location (5-student minimum required, may include additional costs).
The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Life-Saving Rules create the foundation of this program. The Life-Saving Rules identify activities most likely to expose industry workers to hazards and identifies actions workers can take to protect themselves and their colleagues from serious injuries and fatalities.
Students must successfully complete digital exams to verify awareness-level understanding of the course content before earning the SafeGulf credential.
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a completion certificate and a Veriforce ID card which lists the student’s completed Veriforce courses. Employers may verify student training on the Veriforce ID Card or online at PECCard.com.
Course content includes:
- An introduction to the IOGP Life Saving Rules
- Approaches to workplace safety including Behavior-based Safety, Human Performance, and Safety Culture
- General safety, hazard control and industrial hygiene discussions
- Overviews of hazard communication and HAZWOPER regulations
- Reviews of specific workplace hazards including
- Excavation and trenching
- Hot work
- Energy Isolation (LOTO)
- Confined Spaces
- Electrical Safety
- Working at Heights
- Safe Mechanical Lifting
- Line of Fire
- Appropriate items to pack
- Transportation and transfer hazards
- On-facility safety awareness
- Offshore emergency preparation
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Frequently Asked Questions
Veriforce SafeGulf Training is an accredited safety orientation and training program designed for workers in the offshore operations of the oil and gas industry. This one-day course involves virtual SafeGulf training online and on-site.
SafeGulf training falls under the program developed by Veriforce, a supply chain risk management company, and the Petroleum Education Council (PEC). This offshore training program gives students an idea of the safety hazards of working in the oil and gas industry, especially in offshore operations. Some of the key topics covered in this program include:
- Offshore Safety: A general overview of life and work operations on offshore sites and the best safety practices to reduce the risk of injuries or fatalities.
- Regulatory Compliance: Practices and parts of offshore operations that are regulated by organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and other governing bodies.
- Industry Best Practices: This oilfield safety certification course covers the industry’s best safety practices, including the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers Life-Saving Rules to protect workers and their colleagues when on-site.
- Certification: At the end of the course, students must pass their exams to be certified. After passing the program, they will receive their PEC ID card to prove they have met the course requirements.
- Refresher Training: Those who have already passed SafeGulf training previously may retake the training program annually to stay up-to-date and compliant with the industry’s best practices.
- Offshore Rig Workers: Depending on their company, offshore rig workers can stay on the rig for as little as several weeks up to one year. This means practicing the necessary safety measures around the clock.
- Production and Platform Workers: SafeGulf training covers topics such as offshore transportation and offshore safety. This also applies to those handling fixed locations rather than movable oil rigs.
- Marine and Maritime Workers: Some of the topics of SafeGulf training, such as offshore transportation and the Terrorism Response Awareness Program, apply to marine and maritime workers working offshore.
- Construction and Installation Crews: Knowing the best safety practices during construction can minimize the risk of injuries.
- Offshore Safety Personnel: Staying up-to-date on the best industry safety practices ensures that personnel maintain safety regulations on-site.
- Offshore Support Staff: Even those performing auxiliary duties on rigs or platforms should be up to date with the best safety practices while working offshore.
- Inspection and Maintenance Workers: Workers can spot areas of concern where safety practices could be compromised.
After passing the course, you will receive your PEC ID card. This photo ID card will reflect the PEC course requirements you covered during your training. Your current or prospective employers can verify your card online. Students can also purchase the digital ID card on the PEC mobile app.
Those that want to work on upstream, downstream, onshore, or offshore sites in the oil and gas industry must be certified by an accredited program such as SafeGulf training. Over 25 of the top oil and gas organizations in the United States and abroad accept PEC SafeGulf training certification as it meets or exceeds their requirements.
Jobs that involve exploration and production, extraction, and handling equipment and raw materials for oil and gas come with many working hazards. Accidents can lead to injuries and loss of life. Additionally, improper handling can lead to severe environmental damage that can have long-term effects on the area.
This is why organizations like the BSEE establish federal regulations that ensure best safety practices are used in offshore worksites. One of these regulations is having workers on offshore sites undergo comprehensive safety training to ensure they understand the risks and how to mitigate them.
Omega Safety Training, Inc. is proud to be in good standings with Veriforce PEC and authorized to provide SafeGulf and SafeLandUSA training to our Offshore Industry. We provide training at your location and ours.
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