OIM Controlling Emergencies Assessment

The oil and gas industry recognises that a major objective is to prevent incidents occurring and, if they do occur, to control them and minimise their effect. It is important, therefore, to set common standards and to ensure that personnel are continuously trained, assessed and re-assessed against these summaries of best practice.

Before employees can be assessed against standards they will require the knowledge and skills to enable them to carry out the tasks involved. This may require basic training, practice, relevant experience or regular drills and exercises to be undertaken before an official assessment can be held.

The Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) Controlling Emergencies Standard introduces and describes the competence statements, safety training and further practice for OIMs controlling emergencies. It also explains how competence shall be assessed and certified for this role.

Target Group
The target group for the OIM Controlling Emergencies Competence Assessment are personnel who have been deemed ready by their employer to be formally assessed in the role of an OIM during an emergency situation.

A formal declaration from the candidate’s employer confirming that the candidate has achieved the performance criteria in Element 1.1 in the workplace, satisfied the core essential knowledge and asset type knowledge requirements and that the candidate has been deemed ready for formal assessment against Elements 1. 2 to 1.6.

Element 1.1 Maintain a State of Readiness
Element 1.2 Assess Situation and Take Effective Action
Element 1.3 Maintain Communications
Element 1.4 Delegate Authority to Act
Element 1.5 Manage Individual and Team Performance
Element 1.6 Deal with Stress in Self and Other

The Assessment

The candidate will be assessed against the performance criteria specified in Elements 1.2 to 1.6 within Section A.8 of this standard under simulated conditions using a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 emergency scenarios based on the type of asset where the candidate is normally required to fulfil the OIM role as agreed and confirmed by the Duty Holder.
Realistic emergency scenarios must cover:
1. Threat to life
2. Threat to environment
3. Threat to plant and equipment

Scenarios must be based on a different major incident from the range specified below:
(a) Well Control Incident
(b) Explosion and fire
(c) Accommodation fire
(d) Helicopter incident
(e) Pipeline incident
(f) Collision or wave damage causing structural collapse
(g) Loss of stability (for mobile assets only)

The candidate must be assessed against all of the following events at least once across the range of incidents, using appropriate combinations for each incident:
I. Evacuation or abandonment of asset by air and/or sea
II. Injured personnel or loss of life
III. Missing personnel or man overboard
IV. Loss of communication
V. Loss of evacuation and muster points
VI. Stressed Personnel (individual ineffectiveness or mass panic)
VII. Extreme weather conditions
VIII. Environmental impact
IX. Loss of essential facilities
X. Loss of key personnel
XI. Rapidly developing situation leading to information overload
XII. Loss of positioning (where appropriate)