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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). It also provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities of offshore medics and first aiders and the types of secondary roles that are suitable for offshore medics.

An offshore employer can check if a training organisation is approved by HSE for the purposes of the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989:

Offshore first aid courses

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

Where a certificate previously issued to an offshore first aider or offshore medic has expired, it is the responsibility of the individual, training provider and dutyholder to decide if they should attend a requalification or full course. Until offshore first aiders and offshore medics requalify, they are not considered to be competent to act in these roles. You can find more guidance in Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works (L123).

Information for training providers

Training providers wanting to deliver offshore first aid and/or offshore medic courses should apply to HSE for approval. Applicants should complete an application form and read the relevant guidance to ensure they can fully meet the specified requirements:

Offshore first aid and offshore medic approval fees

Under the Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016, HSE charges fees for various elements of the approval process. The fees, which are reviewed annually, are as follows.