It has now been four years since the CAA report CAP1145 was released with a number of actions and recommendations to the offshore oil and gas industry. One of these requirements is that all passengers must be compatible with their nearest emergency exit.
Step Change in Safety worked with industry and experts to establish that the best way to know if you are compatible with an exit is based on the size of your skeleton - measuring your shoulder width is the best way to know the size of your skeleton.
Approximately 10% of all the helicopter seats for offshore travel are suitable for XBR passengers - persons with a shoulder width of 55.9cm or above.
As you are aware, all passengers travelling offshore by helicopter are required to sit in a seat where the nearest emergency exit is compatible with their body size. Helicopter passengers are measured by the width of their shoulders and those whose shoulder width is 55.9cm or greater are classified as Extra-Broad (XBR). Those below 55.9cm will be classified as ‘regular’. From the July 1 2016, all XBR passengers are required to be re-measured at frequent intervals. It is recommended that these re-measurements are aligned with BOSIET expiry. When your measurement is taken, there could be an error margin of up to 1.1cm. Therefore, anyone with a shoulder measurement of 54.8cm or above will need to get re-measured. This will be flagged in Vantage.
You can find a useful presentation about this here
Please note - if you are a trainer or measurer, you must remain active to be able to measure people. You should measure at least 12 persons in a year, and can refresh your training by watching the video below.