OPITO Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)

Train personnel currently working or intending to work offshore in the use of the Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS). The Category A Emergency Breathing System is in the form of a new lifejacket with a Compressed Air unit integrated. This mandatory training will become a necessary requirement for personnel travelling offshore by Helicopter to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as of the 1st September 2014.


Upon completion of the course, participants will have obtained knowledge of:

  • The fundamental differences between re-breather and compressed air systems.
  • The rationale and use of compressed air emergency breathing systems in helicopter emergency situations.
  • The hazards associated with compressed air emergency breathing systems.
  • A pre-flight inspection of the lifejacket and CA-EBS.
  • Donning the lifejacket with CA-EBS correctly, including ‘buddy check’.
  • An emergency deployment of the CA-EBS in a dry environment

Ensure personnel working in the Oil & Gas industry, using helicopter as a means of transportation, are fully trained in Category A Emergency Breathing System so they can react safely in an emergency situation onboard a helicopter. The aims and objectives of the training are to ensure that the delegate gains the required knowledge and understanding of the particular hazards and properties of a Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) and appropriate practical emergency response actions to take should the requirement for emergency deployment arise.