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I'm either brain dead drunk or both. I have work coming up in Canada and have been told I need the OLF safety module.

I've looked and cannot find exactly what the [banned word] this is! Can anyone enlighten me. Thanks
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They mean that your Safety training needs to be approved by the OLF.

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I really appreciate the reply however I'm still in the dark as to what is actually required.

I live in the Philippines and do my safety at IDESS, excellent personnel there by the way. At any rate I phoned there yesterday and the girl I talked to didn't have clue so passed me on to some guy.

This guy gave me some convoluted story which made no sense at all, he was talking about cranes. I recall about 12 years ago doing the course at RISC in Aberdeen, the Noggie aspect was an hour video and lecture on Norwegian offshore law.

At IDESS we were shown video of the new escape chute, we also wore a survival/escape suit during HUET. Then of course you have a full first aid course. We also were winched out of the pool in a simulated heli rescue.

What else I cannot imagine the Noggies require is a mystery. I can not find it in searches, in this case Google is not my friend.

I guess no one here has a clue as to what the particular requirements are? I'm going to Subic this weekend so while my kids are feeding dead chickens to the tigers I'll go to the centre and find out.
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IDESS training is OPITO (UK) approved only.
You need a training that's OLF approved too.
I do my training at Falck Nutec in the Netherlands and this is OPITO, OLF and NOGEPA (dutch) approved.
I don't know difference between the three accept it's for different sector here on the North Sea and Norwegian Sea.

You might try CTSI if their course is OLF approved (not accepted or what so ever).
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Thanks for that, doesn't sound good though in that if I read right I have to do another full safety course?

If that's the case then I suppose I won't be working in Norway or Canada. Considering the taxes that's really not a bad thing.

This really boogles the mind, we used to put out fires, not any more as it's too dangerous.

We used to get dumped in the sea off Den Helder, not any more as it's too dangerous.

We go on jobs were certain things like boat transfers after dark is forbidden as it's too dangerous. The job is down as a major part is needed and will arrive at midnight. Boat transfer no problem.

Boat transfers for crew change forbidden, project running over cost. Crew boat on the way.
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As you know, the 'safety first unless it affects production' rule always applies. It's going to take a few more offshore large scale disasters to finally hammer the point home.
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James,

I don't think it will ever change, I no longer accept the role of safety rep as it's total BS. We could probably start a thread on disasters or breaches in stated company policies but it would never end!

Frankly it's not quite amusing either..

Cheers
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I received the attached from IDESS. I'll see how this one flies, the other issue I have to address is medical.

Apparently Canada requires a yearly regardless of age. Ok this is not a big deal however it can be costly. I have to travel to Manila and usually overnight so in addition to the medical cost, hotel, dinner with the wife and her out shopping while I'm busy adds up!
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Canada does not recognize OLF approved courses. We have Survival Training with HUET and HUEBA all integrated into one 7 day course which is good for 3 years the same as everywhere else in the world. OLF is a Norwegian approved course. I don't know why anybody would tell you that OLF is required for working offshore Canada. Good luck.
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... which is good for 3 years the same as everywhere else in the world ...

As far as I know the OLF/NOGEPA/OPITO approved safety courses are valid for 5 years.
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First: safety courses are good for 4 years, always have been as far as I know.

Second: I went to IDESS before coming to Europe week before last and they do an OLF course which requires 4 days.

Third: I checked out Falck Nutec and an upgrade from BOISET to OLF is one day only!! Wish I would have checked this earlier as have been in port here in NL for the last 3 days. (thanks for the info)

Fourth: The job I'm on is cable/pipe lay, initially in the UK/Dutch sector. We loaded umbilicals for the Canadian job which is for Encana in New Castle and their Rep was there. I asked him about the OLF vs the Canadian course.

He told me the difference is that in Canada they use a proper scuba set-up rather than the re-breather we do on UKOG. He also told me he travels from Nova Scotia to the UK to do the OLF and has never had a problem.

The reason he goes to the UK is the Canadian course is only recognized in Canada. So all good news for me as I was anticipating worst case of 4 days.

I had a new medical as Canada is one year, a buddy of mine came over from China to update his so actually had a good few days in Burgos area which I've never hung out in before.

The medical was thorough, we went to Merita Diagnostic Clinic and it took a few hours. We could have picked up the cert the same day but elected to go drinking, check out some bars and picked it up the next day.

The clinic does a psychological profile which is useless as far as me and my friend are concerned. They actually do it all, some you elect out of such as alcohol and drugs but better to have it all.

Hope this info is of use to someone. On my return home I'm going to visit IDESS and speak to the director there about the OLF upgrade. Four days and more than a fair bit of change is unacceptable.

The IDESS staff are all excellent, my opinion, and had no complaints at all when I did my BOISET there last tear.

As far as staying in the Burgos area of Manila, don't, Ermita has far more to offer.
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I read somewhere a while back that North sea countries with offshore Oil & Gas operations have agreed to harmonise offshore survival training to make any offshore survival course, taken in any country, accepted trough the North sea region and ultimately do away with extra training or extra tickets for different regions.
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Hi guys,

I did not read through the posts but I assure you that BOSIET and OLF are indeed accepted in Canada.

That is what I have, and I have worked in Canada several time. I'm Canadian by the way.

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Alternatively, canadian survival tickets are not valid for UK and Norway sectors. Which is why I do not do my survival here.

Check the following link: http://www.sstl.com/faqs.asp

A big pain in the ass if you ask me. Bottom line, a BOSIET/FOET + the half a day OLF uplift will allow you to work anywhere in the world.

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This gets very weird, I have now had more answers. The one below is from the safety centre in Rotterdam and contradicts every other info I've had.

I'm leaving it up to my agency and S7, when they send me they can put me on the course. I'm door to door, no problem.

Dear Sir,

It depends were you attended this BOSIET course as most training centers are applying the OLF acceptance within this BOSIET course. As per the first of January last year OLF withdrawn the possibility for training centers outside Norway to apply the OLF approval, there for an OLF approval can only be issued via a training center that is actually located in Norway.

OLF is indeed accepted in Canada however the expiry date for this certificate is 3 years instead of the standard 4 years. In case you’d like to attend an OLF upgrade we would advice to attend our 2 day refresher course, the so called Further Offshore Emergency Training.

Kind regards.

Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,


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