Archives: October 2010


October 20, 2010 6:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

IMCA has reminded members that the target date for existing personnel working on the UK Continental Shelf to have undergone the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) assessment for experienced workers is 1 January 2011

Main Elements of MIST

As previously advised, the main aim of MIST is to ensure that personnel on offshore installations have a common understanding of the hazards of the offshore working environment, to avoid needless repetition each time personnel go onto a platform. 

Training can be provided by an OPITO approved training establishment or through an OPITO approved in-house training programme.  Existing in-house training can be assessed and approved by OPITO for internal use only, free of charge.

New personnel are required to undergo a two day training course.  However, for existing offshore workers, there will be a short computer-based assessment which will incorporate any necessary refresher training, and personnel will need to undertake a refresher programme every four years. 

The programme is being managed through the Vantage system, and platform personnel will therefore need to have completed the MIST assessment before being permitted to travel offshore. 

Application to vessel personnel

There has been some confusion about how MIST would apply to contractors’ personnel on vessels within the 500 metre zone, and the IMCA secretariat recently met with Step Change and Oil and Gas UK to try to clarify this point. 

Step Change and Oil and Gas UK confirmed that the scheme was never intended for vessel personnel.  However, as MIST is not a legislative requirement, it will be up to the duty holder to decide who should be covered, and members should therefore confirm with their individual clients that vessel personnel will not be expected to comply.  In addition, although MIST will be recorded through the Vantage system, Step Change and Oil and Gas UK do not anticipate that the scheme will result in personnel being stopped from travelling through heliports without MIST, unless MIST is a requirement of the charterer of the transport. 

Members are therefore encouraged to confirm requirements with clients. 

IMCA is now represented at meetings of the Step Change Leadership Team, which is overseeing the MIST initiative, so if there are any difficulties with the roll out for experienced personnel which you would like IMCA to raise, please contact

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