Fit to Train Assessment for In-water CA-EBS FAQS

You asked, we answered – Fit To Train (FTT) explained.
The FTT Assessment was introduced at the end of March last year to support the delivery of in-water Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) as part of OPITO Offshore Survival training.

There have been a few questions surrounding the implementation of this additional element so we felt a you may find the below FAQs useful;

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the FTT Assessment been introduced?

The HSE determined that the use of compressed air systems during HUET exercises falls within the provisions of The Diving at Work Regulations 1997, which requires those undertaking this type of training to undertake a full diving medical. 

To avoid the costly implications of subjecting the entire UK offshore workforce to a full dive medical OPITO, along with industry stakeholders, determined that an abbreviated examination to confirm a subjects fitness to use compressed air underwater would be adequate. 

Read full details regarding this decision from Oil & Gas UK here.

Is the FTT Assessment mandatory?

Yes – everyone must undergo this assessment prior to participating in any Offshore Survival practical elements involving CA-EBS. 

When should FTT be completed?

The appointment will take around 20 minutes and if booked as an add-on we will arrange for the candidate to visit our in-house medical suite on the day of training, taking any hassle out of scheduling.

Does the FTT Assessment have an expiry date?

While there is currently no expiry date should a candidates medical circumstances change it is at the delegate, or their employers, discretion as to whether the FTT should be retaken before the next required refresher training. 

What happens if a candidate fails their assessment?

If it is determined that a candidate is unfit to use compressed air don’t worry – they will still be able to successfully complete their Offshore Survival.

In this instance CA-EBS dry training will be given, with underwater breath holds during HUET exercises. 

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