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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

UKCS Responder Refresher (OPEP 3/4)


This course provides you with revalidation of OPEP Level 3 (formerly DECC Level 3) and OPEP Level 4 (formerly DECC Level 4) Certifications.

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OPEP Refresher

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If you are a Duty Onshore Responder responsible for dealing with a response to offshore oil spills, this course will refresh your knowledge of oil spill response requirements within the UKCS.

Using a realistic scenario covering all aspects of a response, delegates apply their knowledge and increase their confidence in mounting a response strategy and when communicating with Government agencies.


Is this course for me?

This course provides you with revalidation of OPEP (previously DECC) Level 3  and OPEP (previously DECC) Level 4 certification by attending this comprehensive refresher of offshore response management for Onshore Emergency Responders and Advisors in accordance with UK regulations.

This refresher course must be taken within 36 months of the original course date and you must be able to provide a valid certificate. If you miss this deadline you will need to retake the full course at the appropriate level.


What will I learn?

This course comprises of a one-day exercise starting from the initial spill notification through to the production of an Incident Action Plan (IAP), for both offshore and shoreline response. This course ensures you gain an understanding of the role of the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention and the function of the Operations Control Unit (OCU) and how they interface with your Company and other agencies. 

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

  • Notifications and reporting requirements
  • SOSREP and OCU in the UK Response Structure
  • Causes and fates of oil
  • Quantification of oil
  • Modelling and tracking of oil
  • Different response techniques
  • Media
  • Waste management
  • Spill termination and demobilisation of resources


Course Programme

  • UKCS legislation and industry requirements
  • Causes and fates of oil spills including a syndicate exercise
  • Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (OPEP), the use of the plan and reporting procedures including PON 1
  • OPEP table-top exercise
  • Response strategies and response options
  • The role of government agencies and authorities
  • Use of dispersants and monitoring criteria
  • Forum for industry and regulatory changes


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"Went through a realistic scenario and therefore able to cover all aspects of a response."


"Good way of running the course."


"Well thought out learning refresher."

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16/09/2020 - 16/09/2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
GBP 391 / GBP 464
28/10/2020 - 28/10/2020
Southampton, United Kingdom
GBP 391 / GBP 464

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