The original plan to mandate Emergency Breathing Systems for helicopters operating in the Offshore Oil and Gas market has been brought forward from April 1 2016 to January 1 2015 after consultation with both operators and workers unions alike. In order to align other requirements such as the emergency egress through cabin windows with other safety improvement a three month extension has been granted before those temporary seating restrictions apply.
A new Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group, founded by the UKCAA has been working with industry since February 2014 to develop workable solutions and then oversee their successful implementation.
Concerns about the impact of the new escape through window regulations will be ‘sensibly managed’ it was reported. This rule is due to take effect from April 1 2015.