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May 2010Guide to the NEBOSHInternational TechnicalCertificate in Oil andGas Operational Safety

Qualification title: NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational SafetyVersion: 6Specification date: May 2010Guide publication date: January 2015The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH),Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1QW.Registered Charity Number: 1010444Telephone:Fax:Email:Website: 44 (0) 116 263 4700 44 (0) 116 282 [email protected] NEBOSHAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system ortransmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, electrostatic, mechanical, photocopied orotherwise, without the express permission in writing from NEBOSH. NEBOSH 2015IOG 090115 v6

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate inOil and Gas Operational Safety (May 2010 assessmentUnit pass standardQualification gradesQualification parchmentRe-sitting 55555Qualification structure2. for employersQualification level and UK accreditationKey topics coveredCourse tuition and private study time requirementsEntry requirementsMinimum standard of English required for candidatesLegislationLegislative updatesQualification typeQualification progressionProgrammes offered by NEBOSH-accredited course providersExamination datesSpecification dateSyllabus development and reviewFurther information for candidatesFurther information for accredited course providersRequests for access arrangements/reasonable adjustmentsRequests for special considerationEnquiries about results and appealsMalpractice8889Syllabus - NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)104.1 Unit IOG1: Management of international oil and gas operational safetyElement 1: Health, safety and environmental management in contextElement 2: Hydrocarbon process safety 1Element 3: Hydrocarbon process safety 2Element 4: Fire protection and emergency responseElement 5: Logistics and transport operations111114172022Sample question paper23 NEBOSH 2015

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)1.IntroductionThe NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety issuitable for supervisors, managers, safety representatives and newly qualified health andsafety advisors within the oil and gas industries, both within and outside the UK and isdesigned to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge that enables them tomanage oil and gas operational risks effectively.This qualification builds on theunderstanding already gained by studying the NEBOSH National or International GeneralCertificate.1.1Benefits for employersThe importance of effective health and safety training in the oil and gas industry ishighlighted by extensively reported examples of major process safety incidents including the2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the Buncefield oil storagedepot explosion (2005), the 1988 Piper Alpha oil platform explosion (both occurring in theUK) and the Gas Plant explosion at Longford, Australia in 1998.However, even relatively minor occurrences can have serious consequences. The UKHealth and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that in 2008/9 there were over 450 dangerousoccurrences in the UK offshore oil and gas industry resulting in 30 major injuries and 140‘over 3 day’ injuries. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation andEnforcement reported 522 oil and gas industry incidents in the US in 2009 resulting in 4fatalities and over 300 injuries.The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) reported 99 fatalities in 2009and over 1,500 reported injuries resulting in at least one day off work or an average of 28such injuries every week of the year. Approximately 260 person-years were lost by reportingcompanies and their contractors as a result of injuries.In addition to the direct costs of sick pay and absence, employers can find themselvesdealing with environmental costs, criminal prosecution, claims for compensation, adversepublicity and harm to both business reputation and profitability. The annual worldwide costof occupational injury and illness is estimated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)to be twenty times greater than the total amount of official development assistance providedto developing countries (approximately 50 billion).The vast majority of occupational injuries, incidents and ill-health are avoidable by goodhealth and safety management. By saving money, improving productivity and raisingworkforce morale, effective health and safety management should be recognised as anessential element of a successful management strategy.The NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety isdesigned specifically for industry specialists with day-to-day safety responsibilities includingmanagers, supervisors and health and safety advisers. It focuses on operational processsafety and is intended to enable candidates to apply and implement effective process safetymanagement across all areas of their operation and throughout the world.This course can be delivered within an organisation, or employees can attend accreditedtraining courses run throughout the UK by our network of accredited course providers.NEBOSH accredited course providers offer a variety of flexible course formats, so trainingcan be arranged according to employer needs. NEBOSH 20151

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)1.2Qualification level and UK accreditationThis qualification is intended to be accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA – for delivery across the UK and internationally. It is intended to be rated atLevel 7 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), higher than NEBOSHNational General Certificate standard.For users in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is broadly comparable to aVocationally-Related Qualification (VRQ) at Level 4 in the Qualifications and CreditFramework (QCF), comparable to Higher National Certificate (HNC) standard.This means that the estimated level of the International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety is around SCQF Level 7. This qualification/learning programme has notbeen subject to quality assured processes of credit rating which would establish a definiteSCQF level. This qualification/learning programme is therefore not on the SCQF, does nothave any awarded SCQF credit points and this estimated level is an approximation only andnot the actual level.For further information on level comparisons please see the qualification regulator’s“Qualifications can cross boundaries” document available from the SQA website( topics coveredxHealth, safety and environmental management in contextxHydrocarbon process safetyxFire protection and emergency responsexLogistics, transport operations.1.4Course tuition and private study time requirementsUnit IOG1: 34 hours tuition and 20 hours private studyTotal: 54 hoursA programme of study therefore needs to be based around a minimum of 34 taught hoursand approximately 20 hours of private study for an overall total of 54 hours.A full-time block release course would be expected to last for a minimum of one week (fiveworking days) and a part-time day release course would be spread over at least five weeks.For candidates studying by open or distance learning, the tuition hours should be added tothe recommended private study hours to give the minimum number of hours that this modeof study will require.Quoted hours do not include assessment time, ie, sitting the written examination (see 1.5). NEBOSH 20152

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)1.5Entry requirementsNEBOSH does not set specific formal entry requirements for this qualification. However itshould be noted that:The achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate in OccupationalHealth and Safety (IGC) or equivalent prior to undertaking the International TechnicalCertificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety course is highly recommended. Thisqualification is designed as a specialist sector-specific supplement to the NEBOSHInternational General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) rather thanto replace knowledge and understanding of general health and safety gained as partof the IGC. Further information regarding the NEBOSH International General Certificate canbe found via our website: must satisfy any entry requirements specified by the course provider. Acceptanceon to the programme may be based on the admission tutor’s judgement on the student’sability to benefit from the programme. For example, previous experience in the oil and gasindustry and an understanding of related processes is desirable.1.6Minimum standard of English required for candidatesThe standard of English required by candidates studying for the NEBOSH InternationalTechnical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety must be such that they can bothunderstand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. It is important to stressthat the onus is on accredited course providers to determine their candidates’ standards ofproficiency in English.NEBOSH recommends to accredited course providers that candidates undertaking thisqualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an InternationalEnglish Language Testing System score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to beaccepted onto a NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas OperationalSafety programme.For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult theIELTS website: format and results.aspx.Candidates wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS websitefor information on taking the test: islationThe syllabus refers to international conventions and recommendations. Where thisqualification is delivered overseas, accredited course providers may refer to examples oflocal legislation as part of the course programme but examination questions will not refer tospecific legislation, but will refer to international conventions, recommendations and goodpractice as indicated in the syllabus. NEBOSH 20153

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)1.8Legislative updatesRelevant new international conventions and recommendations will become examinable indetail six months after their date of introduction. However, candidates will be expected to beessentially up-to-date at the time of the examination and, whilst a detailed knowledge will notbe expected, reference to new or impending international conventions andrecommendations, where relevant to an examination question, will be given credit.Please note, NEBOSH will not ask questions related to international conventions andrecommendations that have been repealed, revoked or otherwise superseded.NB: Accredited course providers are expected to ensure their course notes remain currentwith regard to new international conventions and recommendations.1.9Qualification typeNEBOSH qualifications are categorised as 'Other’ qualifications by SQA Accreditation inScotland. These are categorised as Vocationally-Related Qualifications (VRQs) in England,Wales and Northern Ireland.VRQs provide the knowledge and practical skills required for particular job roles through astructured study-based training programme, that combine the testing of knowledge andunderstanding in written examinations with practical application of learning in the workplace.VRQs are a popular type of qualification because they are nationally recognised, flexible andoffer routes for progression to employment or further study.1.10 Qualification progressionCandidates wishing to further develop their health and safety expertise may considerstudying:xNEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and SafetyThis is designed to provide students with the expertise required to undertake a career as ahealth and safety practitioner and also provides a sound basis for progression topostgraduate study.Candidates looking to use their expertise overseas may consider:xNEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and SafetyThis qualification focuses on international standards and management systems rather thanUK legislation.Further information regarding our qualification portfolio can be found on our Programmes offered by NEBOSH-accredited course providersAccredited course providers can be located using the ‘Where to study’ tab on our NEBOSH 20154

The Guide to the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and GasOperational Safety (May 2010 specification)NB: Candidates are advised to check up-to-date information on course dates with accreditedcourse providers directly.1.12 Examination dates‘Standard’ examination dates for this qualification are available in March, June, September andDecember annually. Accredited course providers may also request ‘on-demand’ examinationson a date of their choosing for this qualification.1.13 Specification dateThe May 2010 specification for this qualification replaces the previous August 2009specification for all examinations from (a