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Oil Spill Operator - First Responder


This useful one day course develops knowledge of oil spill response methods for First Responders

1 Day

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Practice deploying equipment needed during a first response along with enhancing your understanding of how the environment influences the behaviour of spilled oil, which in turn affects response priorities.

This one-day course, which includes classroom and hands-on activities, is ideal for tactical response teams of oil terminals, ports and harbours who will be the first responders during an oil spill incident in their facilities. The main objective of the course is to familiarise the team members of the different tools and equipment used during a first response and for them to be able to experience deploying these in a safe and efficient manner.


Is this course for me?

This course is ideal for tactical response teams of oil terminals, ports and harbours who will be the first responders during an oil spill incident in their facilities.

  • First Responder equipment operators
  • All members of tactical oil spill response teams who perform non-supervisory oil spill response duties
  • Operational staff from ports and harbours
  • Oil terminal operators


What will I learn?

This course looks at the essential skills and knowledge required to perform the role of a First Responder within a tactical response team; from understanding the behaviour of oil in the environment to help to determine the best response strategy and the actual deployment of equipment.

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Fates and effects of oil and how it behaves in the environment
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts to determine response priorities and strategies to minimise impact
  • Terminating the response operation and waste management
  • Response tools and equipment, including limitations for use and maintenance
  • Deploying the equipment with assessment


Course programme

  • Oil fates and effects – the behaviour of spilled oil and the influence of the environment
  • Environmental priorities
  • Reporting procedures
  • Examination of response equipment
  • Mechanical recovery
  • Dispersants
  • Equipment deployment – principles and techniques
  • Health and Safety – hazards to responders
  • Shoreline clean-up
  • Waste segregation
  • Equipment exercise
  • OPRC Convention 1990 (International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation)
  • Response deactivation
Register your Interest
There are currently no sessions available for this course. If you would like to register your interest in taking this course in the future, please let us know.