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Measures in relation to the Corona-virus disease (COVID 19) – Update June 24th, 2020

01 May 2020

Summary:

  • FMTC Safety Dunkirk is open since 1st of June
  • FMTC Safety Schiphol Amsterdam is open since 1st of June
  • FMTC Safety Houma is open since 4th of May
  • FMTC Safety Dordrecht is open since 11th of May

Last update: May 24, 2020: 13:00 AM GMT +1

FMTC Safety Dunkirk will reopen for training from 1 June

As of the first of June, our location in Dunkirk, France, will be open again. The OPITO and GWO training will be resumed at our unique location shared with TOTALThis location is the first European training center offering courses in a processing plant on industrial scale. Thus, the delegates will be able to train in a way that is as life-like as possible.

Courses at FMTC Safety Dunkirk

We can offer the courses below at FMTC Dordrecht from the first of June on our location Dunkirk. Book easily your course by click on the link below.

OPITO
OPITO BOSIET with EBS (5700)
OPITO BOSIET with EBS (5700) + CA-EBS (5902)
OPITO BOSIET Digital Delivery (5703)
OPITO BOSIET Digital Delivery (5703) + CA-BES (5902)
OPITO FOET with EBS (5858)
OPITO FOET with EBS (5858) + CA-EBS (5902)
OPITO HUET with EBS (5929)
OPITO HUET with EBS (5929) + CA-EBS (5902)

GWO
GWO First Aid
GWO Fire Awareness
GWO Manual Handling
GWO Working at Heights

GWO First Aid Refresher
GWO Fire Awareness Refresher
GWO Manual Handling Refresher
GWO Working at Heights Refresher

Measures FMTC Safety

Of course, despite the limitations of various measures, we ensure the quality and convenience that you are used to from us. The measures taken are as follows:

  • All teaching programs have been extensively reviewed and adapted;
  • The locations and walking routes have been adapted to the 1.5m distance social distancing guideline;
  • Groups are reduced and internal guidelines have been drawn up for each training;
  • Hygiene measures have been expanded;
  • Additional PPE controls available to delegates at their discretion.

All measures taken comply with the applicable WHO / government guidelines and during the training sessions we will continuously monitor possible safety risks and, where necessary, make adjustments and communicate about them.

Measures FMTC Safety location Dunkirk
In addition to our general measures, you will also receive extra measures with your booking confirmation that you, as a delegate, will have to deal with. We ask you to read it thoroughly. This way you know what to expect prior to the start of training.

Have you already booked a training for our Dunkirk location? Then you will receive an update of the booking confirmation with the corresponding measures.

More information about the reopenings of our training locations?
Would you like more information about our measures taken or do you have specific questions? Please contact your regular contact person within FMTC Safety or via +31 (0) 85 – 130 74 61.

Would you like to know more about traveling to one of our FMTC Safety Training Locations? View information about traveling here.

Last update: May 18, 2020: 13:00 AM GMT +1

FMTC Safety Schiphol Amsterdam is open again from 1 June

From Monday, June 1, 2020, the doors of our training location FMTC Safety Schiphol Amsterdam will be opened again. From that day on, we can offer you our complete training schedule at Schiphol Amsterdam again.

Training in Amsterdam

We are resuming our full range of services that our clients expect from us. In addition to our complete training offer, you can also make use of hotel accommodation (including breakfast and dinner) and medical examinations.

Search and book your training easily and risk free via our website. You can always cancel or reschedule your training free of charge up to 24 hours prior to the training.

Measures FMTC Safety

Of course, despite the limitations of various measures, we ensure the quality and convenience that you are used to from us. The measures taken are as follows:

  • All teaching programs have been extensively reviewed and adapted;
  • The locations and walking routes have been adapted to the 1.5m distance social distancing guideline;
  • Groups are reduced and internal guidelines have been drawn up for each training;
  • Hygiene measures have been expanded;
  • Additional PPE controls available to delegates at their discretion.

All measures taken comply with the applicable RIVM / WHO / government guidelines and during the training sessions we will continuously monitor possible safety risks and, where necessary, make adjustments and communicate about them.

Measures FMTC Safety location Schiphol Amsterdam
In addition to our general measures, you will also receive extra measures with your booking confirmation that you, as a delegate, will have to deal with. We ask you to read it thoroughly. This way you know what to expect prior to the start of training.

Have you already booked a training for our Schiphol Amsterdam location? Then you will receive an update of the booking confirmation with the corresponding measures.

More information about the reopenings of our training locations?
Would you like more information about our measures taken or do you have specific questions? Please contact your regular contact person within FMTC Safety or via +31 (0) 85 – 130 74 61.

Would you like to know more about traveling to one of our FMTC Safety Training Locations? View information about traveling here.

Last update: May 4, 2020: 17:00 AM GMT +1

Last week we announced that our training center Dordrecht in the Netherlands will be reopened from the 11th of May for certain training courses. From the 4th of May 2020 we are also opening our training center in Houma (LA), USA to provide you with your required safety courses.

Measures

Of course, despite the limitations of various measures, we ensure the quality and convenience that you are used to from us. The measures taken are as follows:

  • All course programs have been extensively reviewed and adapted;
  • The locations and walking routes have been adapted to the ‘social distancing’ guideline of 6 feet distance;
  • Groups are reduced and internal guidelines have been drawn up for each training;
  • Hygiene measures have been extended;
  • Wearing gloves and masks are mandatory during training;
    • At several moments new gloves need to be distributed to delegates. (after lunch, after practical exercises) The instructors will provide an instruction on how to take out gloves and dispose them.
    • Delegates need to bring their own mask; requirement is N95 type.

Please, do not come to the training center when you have chest pain or pressure on your chest, headache, coughing or fever and if you fly in would like to know.

When you follow a course at our trainings center in Houma, we will also send you an extra conformation with all our adjusted course joining instructions. Please read these carefully and prepare yourself to ensure we do not need to send anyone away.

All measures taken naturally comply with the applicable WHO / government guidelines and during the training sessions we will continuously monitor possible safety risks and, where necessary, make adjustments and communicate about them.

Courses

We can offer the courses below at FMTC Safety Houma again from the 4th of May, 2020.
OPITIO T-HUET with CA-EBS (5194)
OPITO T-HUET (5195)
OPITO HUET with CA-EBS (5295)
OPITO FOET with CA-EBS (5850)
OPITO T-FOET (5614)
OPITO T-FOET CA-EBS (5929)
OPITO BOSIET with CA-EBS Digital Delivery (5752)
OPITO BOSIET with CA-EBS (5752)
OPITO T-BOSIET (5501)
OPITO T-BOSIET with CA-EBS (5508)
OPITO T-BOSIET with CA-EBS Digital Delivery (5507)
OPITO CA-EBS ID (5902)

GWO Basic Safety Training
GWO Basic Safety Training Refresher

GWO First Aid
GWO Sea Survival
GWO Fire Awareness
GWO Manual Handling
GWO Working at Heights

GWO First Aid Refresher
GWO Sea Survival Refresher
GWO Fire Awareness Refresher
GWO Manual Handling Refresher
GWO Working at Heights Refresher

More information?

If you have special or specific questions about our courses, please contact your regular contact person within FMTC or via +1 (985) 217 9284 or send your message to info.houma@fmtcsafety.com .

We hope to see you soon on our location and keep safe.

Last update: May 1, 2020: 17:00 AM GMT +1

As indicated FMTC has decided to slowly restart training activities per May 11, 2020.

A limited number of courses will be opened up with the necessary adjustments. During the start-up period there will be some limitations to use certain areas of the training centre, which means that delegates may be confronted with improvised solutions, necessary to be able to serve you at this time.

The following measures have been put in place to be able to operate in line with the government guidelines:

  1. Groupsizes are reduced to ensure a 1.5 meter distance in the training environment.
    1. Classrooms are assigned and re-arranged based on groupsize
    2. An analysis was carried out for each training element.
    3. Groupsize has been reduced to ensure this minimum distance per training element, without excessive waiting times.
    4. Where the 1.5 meter is breached, measures are put in place to provide protection of the airways.
    5. In-water exercises will use an individual approach to avoid contact between individuals.
    6. In the practical environment positions are marked, assisting people to recognize a safe distance
  1. Equipment was purchased to be able to have a delegate perform certain actions without the need to have physical contact with someone else. (Examples: additional mannequins for e.g. recovery position, application of bandages).
  2. A number of exercises which were banned at the start of the corona-outbreak remain banned (e.g. mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, group exercises)
  3. Logistical measures to optimise sanitation were taken or, in case of specific equipment, a 72 hour period of equipment quarantine (e.g. harnesses and lines used for working at heights) is used.
  4. Delegates are encouraged of to use their own (approved) personal protective equipment such as coveralls, helmet, steel cap boots, gloves and glasses, which would give the delegate a feeling that he knows the origin, while at the same time relieving the process at FMTC.
  5. Customers are urged to verify the health of their employees prior to sending them on a course. As always there will be an intake, also addressing the physical condition of the delegates. When in doubt FMTC may ask a delegate to leave the course and inform the customer accordingly not to jepoardize the safety of others.

Measures taken at our training center Dordrecht

We would like to ask you to take the following measures carefully into account for your training at our training center Dordrecht.

Logistics
Our visiting address has changed to Toermalijnring 1808 in Dordrecht. You can easily park next to this building at the Makro and walk to Toermalijnring 1808.

Here you enter through the large door and you are registered. Here you will also receive instructions and you can use the walking route to the classroom at the training center.

Personal PPE
Delegates are strongly encouraged to bring their own PPE if possible. This includes the following items: coveralls, helmet, steel cap boots, gloves, and glasses. Any or all of these PPE items would be appreciated.

Coffee & tea
Our resources to provide tea and coffee will be limited. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own thermos of tea or coffee and to use it during the course.

Socks
It will be a requirement to wear socks with the transit suits. These will get wet so please bring a second pair if you are doing an in-water course.

More information?

If you have special or specific questions, please contact your regular contact person within FMTC or via +31 (0)85 – 130 74 61.

We hope to see you on our location and keep safe and healthy future.

Last update: April 24, 2020: 18:00 AM GMT +1

Due to the developments in recent weeks and the internal measures we have taken, we are convinced that FMTC will be able to offer her services safely at FMTC Dordrecht in the Netherlands as of 11 May, 2020. In recent days, we have been increasingly approached by loyal customers for training requests, as these critical operations need to continue safely. The need for safety training is growing and FMTC is able to help you.

Of course, despite the limitations of various measures, we ensure the quality and convenience that you are used to from us. The measures taken are as follows:

  • All course programs have been extensively reviewed and adapted;
  • The locations and walking routes have been adapted to the ‘social distancing’ guideline of 1.5m distance;
  • Groups are reduced and internal guidelines have been drawn up for each training;
  • Hygiene measures have been extended;
  • Obligation to use PPE during training (daily mask and gloves provided by FMTC for free).

All measures taken naturally comply with the applicable RIVM / WHO / government guidelines and during the training sessions we will continuously monitor possible safety risks and, where necessary, make adjustments and communicate about them.

Courses

In addition, we will start with a limited course portfolio. We can offer the courses below at FMTC Dordrecht from the 11th of May.

OPITO BOSIET with EBS (5700)
OPITO BOSIET with EBS (5700) + CA-EBS (5902)
OPITO BOSIET Digital Delivery (5703)
OPITO BOSIET Digital Delivery (5703) + CA-BES (5902)
OPITO FOET with EBS (5858)
OPITO FOET with EBS (5858) + CA-EBS (5902)
OPITO HUET with EBS (5929)
OPITO HUET with EBS (5929) + CA-EBS (5902)

NOGEPA 0.5A Basic Offshore Safety
NOGEPA 0.5A Basic Offshore Safety + 0.5C CA-EBS
NOGEPA 0.5B Basic Offshore Safety
NOGEPA 0.5B Basic Offshore Safety + 0.5C CA-EBS
NOGEPA 0.8 H2S
NOGEPA 1.4 Gas measurement
NOGEPA 2.2A Offshore First Aid
NOGEPA 2.2B Offshore First Aid

Confined spaces
S-cape evacuation system

GWO Basic Safety Training
GWO Basic Safety Training Refresher

GWO First Aid
GWO Sea Survival
GWO Fire Awareness
GWO Manual Handling
GWO Working at Heights

GWO First Aid Refresher
GWO Sea Survival Refresher
GWO Fire Awareness Refresher
GWO Manual Handling Refresher
GWO Working at Heights Refresher

STCW Basic Safety Training
STCW Basic Safety Training Refresher
STCW First Aid
STCW Medical Care
STCW BST / AFF / PSCRB Refresher
STCW Security Awareness
STCW Designed Security Duties
STCW Ship Security Officer

More information?

If you have special or specific questions, please contact your regular contact person within FMTC or via +31 (0)85 – 130 74 61.

We hope to see you on our location and keep safe and healthy future.

Last update: April 2, 2020: 09:00 AM GMT +1

Dear all,

In our earlier communication we expressed our intention to remain operational to serve a small number of customers facing critical deadlines.

We have been reviewing the situation around training delivery and the corona developments on a daily basis. The fact is that training needs have slowly come to a stand-still. The crewing industry, possibilities to travel and crew changes have slowly come to a halt. This was reflected in further groupsize reduction due to cancellations and lack of new applications. In addition, as a safety training provider, we also feel a social responsibility towards society.

We have therefore decided to cancel all training activities until further notice, monitoring further governmental advice in the respective countries.

Do you foresee a future need for certain courses? Please contact us so you’ll be first in line when training activities recommence.

For refresher training please note that OPITO, GWO, ILT and NOGEPA have extended the validity conditions under the current circumstances. (See their respective websites for details or give us a call)

We will keep you updated. Stay healthy!


 

Update: March 23, 2020: 07:30 AM GMT +1

Dear all,

In our earlier communication we expressed our intention to remain operational to serve a small number of customers facing critical deadlines.

We have reviewed the situation around training delivery on a daily basis. The fact is that training needs have slowly come to a stand-still. The crewing industry and crew changes have slowly come to a halt. This is reflected in further groupsize reduction due to cancellations and lack of new applications.

Management has therefore decided to cancel all training activities in The Netherlands, in all locations, as of Friday March 20, end of day. For now we’ll cease operations until April 6, 2020, monitoring further governmental advice.

We will keep you updated. Stay healthy!


 

Update: March 16, 2020: 12:00 AM GMT +1

As you know the world has been confronted with the corona-virus disease (COVID 19). In order to keep everyone that visits our training locations and/or attends our courses as safe and protected as possible, FMTC has taken several preventative measures since early March.

We receive many questions with respect to continuation of courses and preventative measures FMTC has taken. Below we’ll answer the following questions:

  1. Are courses still being conducted at FMTC?
  2. What measures have FMTC taken?
  3. What is the view of industry organisations on the training delivery? (GWO, OPITO, flagstate, NOGEPA)

ARE COURSES STILL BEING CONDUCTED AT FMTC?

Yes. Most of our courses are still being conducted with some possible adjustments. Here is an overview of the current status.

  1. The Netherlands

Badhoevedorp:

Due to the new measures taken by our Dutch government, our partner BOCAS (Badhoevedorp / Schiphol) has postponed her own training activities until further notice, mainly due to other priorities of fire rescue and ambulance services in the region. As a consequence FMTC will also discontinue training in Badhoevedorp until further notice. Courses will be rescheduled to our training location in Dordrecht.

Dordrecht:

Courses scheduled at the Dordrecht / Rotterdam location will continue as scheduled. Courses / delegates from Badhoevedorp can be rescheduled to Dordrecht.

IJmuiden:

Courses scheduled at the IJmuiden location will continue as scheduled.

  1. France

The location in Dunkirk, France has been closed for training.

  1. USA

Courses in Houma, USA are still being conducted.

All customers / participants affected by any change in scheduling will be contacted.

On a daily basis we are evaluating if continuation is possible and if our measures with regards to Corona need to be updated.

Should someone unknowingly carry the virus, we have taken certain measures to reduce the chance that this is transmitted to other participants or our staff. Some exercises have been adapted and the use of some equipment has been discontinued but courses continue.

WHAT MEASURES HAVE FMTC TAKEN?

Since early March, FMTC has undertaken the following measures:

GENERAL
1General awareness

Raising awareness among trainees and staff regarding COVID-19 has been introduced by posting and discussing a set of instructions as part of the FMTC / daily introduction

2Alcohol-based hand rub

This has been introduced at various locations at the training centres

3Equipment

There is an increased focus on cleaning and risks related to the use of, especially, respiratory equipment (breathing apparatus, EBS, regulators).

In cases where the cleaning possibilities, construction or material of the equipment seem insufficient to rule out transmitting the virus we remove specific equipment from use for the time being.

4Confirmation letter / email

Customers / participants receive an amended confirmation letter, emphasizing the importance of assessing their personal condition prior to coming to the training centre. When someone has symptoms of a Corona infection (fever, cough & difficulty breathing) we request the person to re-schedule the training (free of charge).

5Lunch-times

Where needed, lunch-times are split, reducing the number of people in the lunch area during peak hours. This measure creates more room for people to create some social distance during lunch hours. (Social distance is one of the important actions advised by the World Health Organization).

FIRST AID
6Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

Practicing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation techniques on mannequins has been changed. This will now be done through demonstration by the instructor and explanation by the delegate, until further notice.

FIRE & GAS RELATED ELEMENTS
7Smoke-hoods

The practical use of smoke hoods in various courses has been changed. A demonstration in its use is given and delegates will perform the escape exercise with obscured vision. (Ref. 1c)

8H2S face / filter masks

The practical use of H2S face / filter masks used for NOGEPA H2S has been changed. A demonstration in its use given. The focus lies on how to make decisions to escape from an H2S environment in given environmental conditions. (Ref. 1c)

SEA SURVIVAL
9Inflatable lifejackets:

The use of the oral inflation tube on inflatable lifejackets could be a risk in training or maintenance and is no longer allowed.

10Liferaft brief:

Liferaft briefs are now performed with a collapsed roof, unless a group consists of 25% of the liferafts’ capacity or less, provided that the delegates are evenly spread and a minimum of 2 entrances are wide open.

 

What is the view of industry organisations (GWO, OPITO, Flagstate, NOGEPA) on the training delivery?

The industry organisations / accreditation bodies Global Wind Organisation (GWO), Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (IL&T), NOGEPA and OPITO were informed of our measures early March and expressed their support and understanding.

Since then OPITO and GWO have formulated and released information and response related to COVID-19 themselves. Also they have adopted a measure to extend certificates in corona-related situations. Since these may be updated regularly we recommend you to visit the following links:

FMTC actively monitors industry, customer and (inter)national measures and updates her approach and actions based on this.

For further reference on best practices and the global development on COVID-19 please visit the website of the World Health Organisation.

We will update industry organisations on any additional measures we deem necessary to ensure a safe training environment and will keep you up to date through our webpage.

Back to the overview
Please read our latest Corona-virus (COVID 19) update (updated 24 June 2020) Certificate Extension Policy