OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)
The MIST programme is an essential part of offshore training and development aimed at new workers. The Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) is an OPITO approved course and is relevant to every member of the offshore UK oil and gas industry workforce. In 2007 the industry workforce via the “Boots on for Safety” campaign identified basic safety knowledge and awareness as a key concern throughout the UK offshore oil and gas industry. A Step Change in Safety Leadership Workgroup was formed to improve safety performance by applying best practice training at a consistent level across industry in safety critical areas. The outcome has been the development and implementation of a Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) Standard to be applied by all across the UK offshore oil and gas sector – supporting industry’s target that by the end of 2010 the UK offshore workforce will have completed the MIST programme.
The new MIST Standard covers nine basic safety elements:
- Introduction to the Hazardous Offshore Environment
- Working Safely (including Safety Observations Systems)
- Risk Assessment
- Permit to Work (also called Control of Work)
- Platform Integrity
- Manual Handling
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
- Working at Height
- Mechanical Lifting
During the MIST programme delegates will gain a basic level of understanding and an awareness of the nine basic safety elements. Successful delegates will have demonstrated their skills and the level of knowledge and understanding of the above mentioned 9 units as specified by OPITO.