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Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER)

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 5702

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for personnel in the onshore oil and gas industry.

What does this Product cover?

This Product introduces learners 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 learners will be able to:

(a) Identify the hazards which are specific to the onshore oil and gas industry that can lead to cause or increase the likelihood of fire.
(b) demonstrate, in a simulated environment, the emergency response actions during an onshore emergency.
(c) demonstrate that they can effectively use basic firefighting equipment, and practice self-rescue techniques in low visibility situations e.g. smoke-filled areas.

(d) demonstrate first aid techniques.

Entry Requirements

Medical Entry Requirements

Training activities contained within this Product may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.

OPITO-approved Centres are therefore required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learners must either:

a) Possess an operator-approved medical certificate, or
b) Undergoes medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved centre

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learner’s declaration of fitness in accordance with their document control policy(s) or procedures.

This information, along with summary details of the type of physical activities the learner will be asked to perform, will be given to learners by the OPITO-approved Centre and, if applicable, to their sponsoring company as part of the joining instructions. The responsibility for declaring any known current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner.

Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises must be designed and delivered solely to meet this Product, and must not place on the learner any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the Basic Onshore Emergency Response Standard the learner will need to complete the 3 mandatory units.

Guided Learning Hours

8 hours
A ratio of 40% theory to 60% practical is appropriate for this training.

What could this Product lead to?

 Further Onshore Emergency Response Training 


4 years

Please note: If the expiry date on the learners previous certificate is within 3 months prior of the course enrolment date then the date of the new certificate should correspond with the expiry date of the existing/previous certificate unless stated otherwise by the Duty Holder or Asset Owner or Operator.

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