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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

HLO & Offshore Helideck Safety

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About the course

Helicopters play a major role in the offshore environment. Without the knowledge of some of the hazards helicopter operations could be deadly. This course is designed to equip the delegate with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform the role of an Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) safely and effectively.

## Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of pre-planning for and the main elements of the response requirement for a range of helideck and helicopter emergencies
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of both the HLO and the Helideck safety during a helicopter-related emergency
  • Understanding the human factors issues during emergencies and how to manage them
  • Understand meteorological requirements for offshore helicopter operations.
  • Learn personal responsibilities and procedures associated with helicopter safety and transportation
  • Learn how to properly and safely direct the boarding/exiting a helicopter
  • Learn the proper in-flight safety practices
  • Learn required safety/firefighting equipment and procedures
  • To provide Helicopter Landing Officers with the knowledge, skills and procedures to safely and efficiently coordinate offshore helicopter operations

Course Outline

### Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Offshore Helideck regulations and guidelines
  • Helicopter and Helideck Hazards and Management Systems
  • General Helicopter Safety
  • Check-In & Preflight Safety Transport Review
  • Smoking Policy
  • Approaching the Helicopter
  • Baggage Compartment
  • Long Items to be transported
  • Preparations for Flight
  • Emergency Ditching Procedures

Maintain a state of readiness

  • Identify and locate helicopter operational hazards, hazardous areas, access routes and points
  • Identify, locate and operate all relevant equipment and controls

### Day 2

Prepare for emergencies

  • Respond to appropriate alarms
  • Prepare for helicopter landing
  • Prepare to enter the incident area
  • General Actions in case of an Aircraft Accident
  • Control the rescue of personnel
  • Control non-firefighting operations
  • Evacuating the Aircraft
  • Emergency Survival Kit Items
  • Preparing to Depart the Helicopter after Landing Offshore
  • Departing the Helicopter
  • HLO responsibilities during helicopter landing and departure

Day 3

Control the response to emergencies

  • Supervision of passengers and cargo handling
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (DGbA) Awareness
  • HLO Normally Unattended Installations

Helicopter Landing Officer

  • HLO Responsibilities
  • HLO Duties & Requirements
  • Procedures/Equipment necessary to ensure safe operations
  • Heliport deck readiness/preparedness
  • Proper communication procedures
  • Dangerous goods transport procedures
  • Fueling & Emergency Response procedures
  • Chain of Command

### Day 4

  • Heliport Deck Equipment
  • Firefighting
  • Standard Rescue Equipment for Crashes or Fires
  • Emergency Shutdown
  • Heliport Deck and Requirements
  • Heliport Identification & Markings
  • Obstacle Marking
  • Helideck Lighting
  • Lighting of Deck

### Day 5

  • Safety Fence or Outer Perimeter Barrier
  • Instruction Signs
  • Operating Information
  • HLO Check List Items
  • Hazardous Materials Transport
  • Passengers & Fueling
  • Communications
  • Proper PPE
  • Use Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is designed for Personnel who are to be appointed to the role of an Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer.

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