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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

UKCS Onshore Emergency Responder (OPEP 3)


Formerly DECC Level 3

This course teaches delegates UK legislation, the roles and responsibilities of UK agencies and how to develop and implement an Incident Action Plan (IAP)

3 Days

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Enhance your understanding of oil spill response requirements within the UKCS.

This BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) accredited training course is the level of training required for all response personnel working in the UKCS undertaking the role of onshore emergency responder during an oil spill incident.


Is this course for me?

If you are a Duty Onshore Responder or Advisor in the Emergency Room responsible for dealing with a response to offshore oil spills, this course is essential and will enhance your understanding of oil spill response requirements within the UKCS.

  • Offshore Oil Spill Advisors
  • Environmental Advisors
  • Onshore Emergency Responders

If you have already taken the OPEP Level 3 (previously DECC Level 3) course and are required to be qualified to OPEP Level 4 (previously DECC Level 4) by your organisation, if you need to have international recognition or are likely to be involved as an onshore On-Scene Commander or Responder to IMO Level 2 standard, then you will need to undertake a further 8 hours of practical training.

This can easily be carried out by taking part in two practical exercises on either the OPEP Level 4 Response and Control course or our flagship Oil Spill Clearance - On-Scene Commander course (IMO Level 2) and will involve just two days on the course. Contact us for more details.


What will I learn?

Over the three days through interactive participation you will have a comprehensive overview of oil spill incidents from preparedness to response, including statutory notifications, communications with BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) and the SOSREP (Secretary of State's Representative), which will enable you to formulate an effective response strategy.

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

  • Assessing the response situation and activating the contingency plan
  • Developing a response action plan and strategy
  • Establishment and organisation of a response structure and activation of an operational response
  • Management and control of an ongoing response
  • Assisting in the decisions to deactivate a response


Course Programme

Day 1

  • UK Legislation and agreements
  • Causes and fates, including a syndicate exercise
  • Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEP’s)
  • Government authorities and their role
  • Hazards to Responders
  • Management of the media
  • Reporting procedures including PON1
  • OPEP exercise
  • Monitor and evaluate, including a syndicate exercise
  • Environmental considerations
  • Environmental effects of clean-up
  • Assessment of knowledge


Day 2

  • Offshore response
  • Dispersants
  • Shoreline clean-up, including a syndicate exercise
  • Response strategies exercise
  • Waste management, including a syndicate exercise
  • Waste safety and disposal issues
  • Assessment of knowledge


Day 3

  • Termination of a spill response
  • Table-top exercise
  • Exercise debrief
  • Feedback


Course Reviews

"The added value is the facilitators’ in-field experience and ability to bring the presentation material to life with great stories and insight of real responses and hands on knowledge. Excellent!"


"Very interactive, which keeps you interested and a better chance of retaining the information."


"Facilitators were excellent, informative and engaging."


"The course design is very clear and methodical. Very easy to follow and structure flowed well. Great format. Again, allowing trained responders to deliver the training brings the course content to life and is great for discussion.  Note - minimal paper/online delegate instructions are a great improvement. Excellent."


E.ON Exploration and Production

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"Thanks very much for the fun and informative DECC Level 3 course over the past few days. From the first morning the course was really enjoyable. Gillian and Lucy made us feel very welcome and are both great trainers.  The enthusiasm of the presenters was evident, and they made sure we were participating throughout.  It is clear that a lot of work has been put into the course material to make it interactive, engaging, and useful. 

Possibly the most enjoyable course I’ve attended, I would definitely recommend OSRL training. Well done! "

Stuart Kirk
Senior Environmental Advisor

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