Oil & Gas UK, Step Change in Safety, OPITO, IADC and the trade unions have agreed a joint industry statement on the current status of BOSIET/FOET Category A EBS Training:
“After extensive engagement with industry, regulators, training providers and workforce representatives, agreement has been reached on the new BOSIET/FOET standard to be applied across the UK sector. This new standard, which will be introduced early in 2016, will meet the manufacturer's minimum training requirements specified by the CAA. The standard will involve 'dry' CAT-A EBS training with in-water HUET breath hold exercises using the Survitec Mk50 life jacket. This will remove the Lapp jacket and re-breather from the existing BOSIET/FOET standard for personnel travelling offshore in the UKCS.
In the longer term, all industry stakeholders will work towards providing in-water training exercises using the Survitec Mk50 life jacket and Compressed air CAT-A EBS equipment.”