It is essential to the long term interests of health and safety in the Offshore industry that new talent is recognised and sufficiently developed. Entry into offshore health and safety can be an expensive and time consuming process and relies heavily on the individuals situation and tenacity.
There is no specific experience that leads to a career in offshore health and safety, however a large proportion of Offshore Safety Professionals tend to originate from backgrounds such as the Emergency Services, Technical/Mechanical trades, Military Veterans and transfers from health and safety within other industries such as Construction, Rail etc.
The NEBOSH general certificate is widely accepted as the first step in recording a recognised health and safety certificate and is certainly desirable when approaching Oil and Energy related firms seeking employment. This course alone, whilst beneficial, will not equip you with the industry specific knowledge and certification that will appeal to employers.
The OSPR seeks to engage ‘Affiliate’ members beginning the journey to become an Offshore Safety Professional and will work with that member to decide the best path for them to follow.