Media Release: New EBS training course ready for action

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A LEADING offshore safety training provider has initiated a new training course to correspond with legislation from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with regards to new breathing apparatus regulations for offshore workers.

Falck Safety Services (Falck), which has 32 training centres across the world, has launched the OPITO approved training courses at its UK facilities in Aberdeen and Teesside, ahead of new CAA deadlines introducing Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS) on helicopters.

Says a spokesperson: “The new course and equipment are now an industry requirement due to the updated guidelines which come into force on 1 September 2014, and stipulate passengers will not be allowed to sit on the inside seats of a helicopter travelling to and from offshore installations without EBS. From 1 January next year, all passengers will be required to wear the device.”

Managing director of Falck, Colin Leyden, said: “Falck Safety Services has been closely involved with the process surrounding the EBS system development, with rigorous training and testing carried out ahead of launching the course. We now have planned capacity in Aberdeen to deliver training to 480 delegates per day, five days a week on scheduled courses, with weekend times also available, which could extend total capacity beyond 2,400 delegates per week.”

Falck, which globally delivers more than 200 health and safety and survival courses to more than 340,000 people each year, will be able to accommodate course schedules to suit client specific requirements, with flexible training times to match helicopter/ mobilisation schedules or an ad hoc offshore working rotation. Falck can also deliver training to clients at their sites remotely, locally and across the UK, offshore and also at the heliports as clients mobilise offshore.

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