OPITO Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER)

The onshore oil and gas industry is required to ensure that the workforce is prepared for an emergency in terms of escaping and evacuating from a particular worksite or location if required. This Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER) course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of an onshore emergency covering evacuation procedures, Fire fighting and self-rescue as well as emergency first aid. This course is based on the syllabus of the globally recognized BOSIET / FOET. Also ensure a swift, well-coordinated, and safe response to emergencies, mitigating potential risks and minimizing the impact on personnel and the surrounding environment.


The aims of this training are to introduce delegates to the specific emergency response issues and regimes relevant to onshore oil and gas operations, in relation to the proactive and reactive responses for personnel in the event of an onshore emergency. The objectives of this training are that delegates will be able to – Identify the hazards that are specific to the onshore oil and gas industry that can lead to cause or increase the likelihood of fire; demonstrate, in a simulated environment, the emergency response actions during an onshore emergency; Demonstrate that they can effectively use basic fire fighting equipment, and practice self-rescue techniques in low visibility situations; and demonstrate first aid techniques. Simulated exercises are often conducted to provide experiential learning and assess the preparedness of individuals and response teams.

Why Pursue OPITO BOER Course?

  • Recognize the specific hazards prevalent in the onshore oil and gas industry that may initiate or escalate the risk of fires.

  • Exhibit emergency response actions applicable to onshore emergencies in a simulated environment.

  • Display proficiency in the effective utilization of basic fire fighting equipment and the application of self-rescue techniques in challenging conditions, such as low visibility or smoke-filled areas.

  • Illustrate competence in performing first aid techniques

Who can Study OPITO BOER?

  • This programme is designed to meet the initial onshore emergency response training requirements for personnel in the onshore oil and gas industry.

OPITO Basic Onshore Emergency Response (BOER) Course – Topics Covered

1. Emergency Response Actions


  • Identify the typical types of emergencies on an onshore oil and gas facility

  • Explain the emergency response knowledge required for all personnel in an onshore oil and gas facility

  • Explain the actions to be taken in the event of a site alarm.


  • Mustering procedures upon hearing a site alarm

2. Emergency First Aid

  • Raising the alarm


  • Immediate first aid actions, to include: ABC

3. Fire fighting and Self-Rescue


  • Identify the common causes and nature of fires in an onshore oil and gas facility

  • Explain the “triangle of combustion” and how fire can spread

  • Explain the uses and limitations of various fire fighting methods

  • Identify the dangers associated with fighting a small fire

  • Know how to assess the fire and make a decision on whether or not to fight the fire.


  • Raising the alarm on the discovery of a fire

  • Use of appropriate hand-held portable fire extinguishers

  • Use of a fire hose reel

  • Use of a fire blanket

  • Self-rescue techniques with no respiratory protection from areas where visibility is reduced due to smoke

  • Self-rescue techniques with a smoke hood from areas where visibility is reduced due to smoke

  • Small group escape techniques with an escape set (hood) from areas where visibility is completely obscured due to smoke.

Prerequisites – OPITO Basic H2S Course:

Training activities outlined in this standard may involve physically demanding and potentially stressful components. All individuals engaging in such activities must be physically fit and capable of full participation. Therefore, delegates either

  • Possess an operator-approved medical certificate or

  • Undergo medical screening via OPITO-provided form

OPITO Basic H2S training delivery:

  • Physical

  • Off Campus

Duration of OPITO Basic H2S Course:

  • 1 Day approximately 8 Hours.