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OPITO Rigger Training (Stage 1 & 2)

1.Target Group
The target group for Stage 1 is personnel who have had little or no training and experience in rigging and lifting operations and wish to gain an OPITO Rigger
Training Certificate by completing the OPITO-approved Initial Training Course for riggers in the oil and gas industry.

2.Delegate Pre-requisites
There are no pre-requisites for Stage 1 Initial Training.

3.Physical and Stressful Demands
Training and/or assessment activities contained within this Standard may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel
who participate in such activities must be physically and mentally capable of participating fully.
Therefore to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises, the delegates will be required to undergo medical screening by completing appropriate
medical screening form provided by QISC.

4.Aims and Objectives
The aim and objectives of the OPITO Stage 1 Initial Training Programme are to provide the delegate with knowledge of the rigging principles, general
hazards and risks of rigging and lifting operations, an awareness of relevant legislation and regulation, and an opportunity to practice basic rigging operations
following a lifting plan.

5.Learning Outcomes / Assessment Criteria
To successfully complete the Initial Training Programme: delegates must meet all the Learning Outcomes specified below:
Module 1: The role of the Rigger and an Introduction to Lifting Operations
To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to:
1. Explain the role and responsibilities of a rigger
2. Identify typical installation/site responsible roles
3. Identify and briefly explain typical roles involved in lifting operations.
4. Describe a typical reporting structure for the rigger
5. List the main health and safety legislation that applies to the rigger
6. Explain the relevant parts of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
7. Explain the relevant parts of and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
8. Explain key control-of-work documents and their purpose
9. Identify and list typical hazards associated with rigging and lifting activities
10. Explain correct and safe manual handling techniques
11. Explain how to check that there is adequate access, work space and lighting within the designated work area
12. Identify the various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) the Rigger would typically use.
MODULE 2: Rigging and Lifting Operations
To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to:
13. Explain common rigging terminology
14. Identify which types of lifting equipment to use for different lifting activities, explain their purpose and how to use the equipment
15. Identify which types of lifting accessories to use for different lifting activities, explain their purpose and how to use the accessories
16. Explain sling angles and sling tension
17. Explain the purpose of inspections and ‘thorough’ examinations
18. Explain the load characteristics that affect complexity
19. Explain the purpose of a risk assessment
20. Explain the purpose of a lifting plan and how to interpret information from a lifting plan
21. Identify key criteria of a lifting plan
22. Conduct a lifting operation working from, and conforming to, detailed criteria contained within a lifting plan
23. Correctly and safely position and install lifting equipment prior to starting the lifting operation.
24. Explain reasons for informing all relevant parties of impending and ongoing lifting operation
25. Explain how adverse environmental factors could affect the safety of the lifting operation
26. Explain how to use identification tags, colour codes to establish SWL and WLL and the certification of lifting equipment
27. Explain and demonstrate load weight identification and methods to determine the weight of the load
28. Explain how to identify the safe positioning of personal involved in lifting operations, and identify and establish escape routes from the work area.
29. Explain the benefit of trial lifting of the load
30. Explain how to establish load-bearing capabilities of structures and lay-down areas that will be used on the planned route of the load.
31. Explain and demonstrate best practice communication methods and protocols prior to, and during lifting activities.
32. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct lifting equipment pre-use and postuse inspections.
33. Demonstrate progressively ‘inching’ up the load to check the balance and security of the load
34. Demonstrate cross hauling and transferring loads
35. Demonstrate rigging up unbalanced loads (loads with an offset centre of gravity)
36. Demonstrate rigging up and lifting loads where there is restricted access to the load and load route path.
37. Demonstrate safe body and hand positions during the rigging and lifting operation
38. Demonstrate repositioning of lifting equipment during a cross hauling operation
39. Demonstrate moving the load at minimum height necessary to avoid obstacles, locating and lowering the load to its planned location and position.
40. Demonstrate safe methods of disconnecting the load from the lifting equipment
41. Explain and demonstrate how to de-rig, correctly store lifting equipment after use and record any damage to lifting equipment or load.
42. Explain and demonstrate the procedures to follow if lifting equipment or the load is discovered damaged.
43. Explain the reasons for ensuring the worksite is left in a clean and tidy condition
44. Explain how waste from the lifting operation is properly disposed of according to relevant legislation and company procedures.

6.Delegate Performance Assessment / Certification / Validity
Delegate Performance Assessment: Delegates will be given a theory test to test their understanding of the knowledge elements of the Modules – specified
in the Learning Outcomes from Section *.5 The Test pass mark is 80%.
Delegate performance in the practical exercises will be evaluated against
learning outcomes specified in Section *.5 where they will be required to demonstrate various rigging tasks.
Delegates successfully completing the Initial Training Programme will be issued with an OPITO certificate for the OPITO-approved Stage 1 Rigger Initial
Training with two years validity; they will also be issued with a Stage 2 Logbook to complete.

Note: The Rigger Stage 2 logbook must be completed and Rigger Stage 3 Competence Assessment must be undertaken during this two year period if the
candidate wishes to achieve an OPITO-approved Rigger Stage 3 certificate of competence.

Rigger Stage 2: No certificate awarded on completion of Stage 2 Refer to the
Note above for progressing to Rigger Stage 3 Competence Certification.

7.Instructor & Delegate Ratio
The following ratios indicate the maximum number of delegates to be supervised by one instructor at any one time during each activity.
Theory 1:16
Practical 1:4

8.Duration and Timing
The optimum ‘contact time’ for the Initial Training is seen as 24 hours.

9.Venue [QISC ]
Qatar International Safety Centre
Gate No. 9 building – 23 Street – 45
Salwa Industrial Area
Doha Qatar
PO Box 23651.

10. For more information
Please contact us direct for availability & costs:
Email: training@madinagulf.com
Tel: +974 4450 1223
Fax: +974 4450 1220
www.qisc.net / www.madinagulf.com

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