IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector

IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector

Blended Learning Course – IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector

This course has been developed to deliver baseline HSE knowledge and skills to all personnel working on vessels in the marine and subsea sectors (and onshore personnel wishing to gain an appreciation of the offshore environment).

The IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector course has been created in collaboration and with input from – Bibby Offshore, Subsea 7, Technip, and Subsea UK and is certified by IOSH.

Delegates are awarded an IOSH passport card and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points following successful completion of the end of course assessments and the practical exercises in their workplace.

  • Internationally recognised HSE qualification
  • Web-based training optimised for delivery on vessels
  • eLearning course for flexible delivery of theoretical knowledge
  • Assessment including interactive 3D hazard, risk and control measure identification scenarios
  • Practical training and assessment on the vessel and in the workplace to ensure baseline HSE skill


IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector

Blended Learning

The blended learning course comprises of 4-5* hours of online training and assessment that can be undertaken anywhere with an internet connection. Once the e-Learning has been successfully completed, the delegates perform a number of practical exercises in the workplace to reinforce the learning.

*Completion time dependent upon the learner’s prior knowledge


Following completion of the IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector e-Learning course, the learners are required to complete a workbook on their vessel – or in their workplace – comprising practical exercises that make use of their specific company’s forms and procedures, covering:

  • Completing a Task Risk Assessment (TRA/JSA)
  • Performing a Hazard Identification Exercise
  • Completing a Permit to Work (PTW)*
  • Completing a Safety Observation Card
  • Performing Manual Handling Tasks
  • Demonstrating knowledge of how to dispose of different categories of waste materials in compliance with the correct Environmental Standards

*Ergonomics exercise is used for office-based staff.


The eLearning element of the IOSH Working Safely in the Subsea Sector course provides instruction and assessment on the hazards, risks and control measures that impact workers in the marine and subsea sectors. The course uses a rich media mix of 3D animation, 2D graphics, photographs, video, voiceover and case studies (based upon IMCA and MCA information), followed by assessment.

Some of the key subject areas covered include:

  • Definitions of all the types of vessels that operate in the sector, and the legislative bodies that operate globally
  • Roles and responsibilities of individuals, HSE organisations and governments
  • Understanding hazards, including areas such as: Mechanical, Non Mechanical, Chemical, Biological, Ergonomic, and Psychological
  • Understanding risks, such as Access and Egress, Transport, Electricity, Lighting, Temperature, Slips and Trips, COSHH, Working at Height, Dropped Objects, Confined Space Entry, Manual Handling, Hand and Finger Injuries, Fire, Weather and Atmospheric Conditions, Ropes, Chains and Hoses, Lifting Operations, Watertight Doors, The Galley, Quayside Operations, Dry Dock, Asset Integrity
  • An analysis of control measures, including Safety Management Systems, Toolbox Talks, Task Risk Assessments (TRA/JSA), Permit to Work, Barriers and Isolations, Lock-out Tag-out, PPE
  • Measuring safety performance, including Leading and Lagging Indicators, the importance of reporting, and the most common incidents in the Subsea sector
  • Environmental issues, including Atmospheric Impacts, Aquatic Impacts, Terrestrial Waste, Recycling, Reporting Environmental Incidents, Emergency Response
  • How to maintain a safe working environment, including Life Saving Rules, how to stop a job if it is not deemed to be safe, Competence, Reporting Accidents and Incidents, Attitudes and Behaviour

Course certified by IOSH.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals in the world.

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