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Special requirements for offshore work

The training objectives for offshore medics and first-aiders are set out in Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works L123. This also provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities of offshore medics and first-aiders and the types of secondary roles that are suitable.

An offshore employer can check if a training provider is approved by HSE for the purposes of the Offshore Installations and Pipeline works (First-aid) Regulations 1989

Offshore employers should use the lists above to check a training provider’s approval status. Each entry contains an organisation’s contact details as well as the expiry date of its Certificate of Approval. This certificate is issued by HSE and contains the organisation’s HSE approval number. Off shore employers may ask to see this certificate as additional confirmation of approval.

From April 2016 HSE no longer issue letters of dispensation to attend offshore first aid or offshore medic requalification courses after a certificate has expired.  Where the certificate has expired then  it is the responsibility of the individual, training provider and duty holder to decide if they should attend a requalification or full course.  Duty holders, offshore first aiders and offshore medics need to remember that until they requalify they are not considered to be competent to act in these roles. L123 is available for further guidance. 

Information for training providers

Training providers that wish to deliver offshore first aid and/or offshore medic courses still require HSE approval and should to apply for approval to HSE's Corporate Medical Unit. Applicants need to complete an original approval questionnaire and also need to read and fulfil the requirements of the associated guidance:

Offshore first aid and offshore medic approval fees

Under the Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations, HSE charges fees for the approval of offshore first aid /medic training organisations. These fees are reviewed annually and for 2016/17 are: