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Careers in Commercial Diving: Dive Medic Technicians

Date Posted: 22 Sep 2017

Careers in Commercial Diving: Dive Medic Technicians

A Different Breed of Divers Who Sustain Lives - Are you up to it?

Wayne Lee H E
Head of Medical Training
KBA Training Centre Pte Ltd (KBAT)

The Diver Medic Technician (DMT), a different breed of men and women whose principal role is to ensure the preservation of life to whoever requires their aid and care. The uniqueness of these individuals lies in their expertise in particularly, the hyperbaric environment. Hostile in nature, filled with risks and dangers in the deep blue abyss. However, when an accident or incident occurs at an inshore/offshore location out at sea, the DMT's have an added advantage when operating in a region where medical support is scarce or the location of operations is remote. The DMT's uphold a strong core value of the basic principal of medical care which is to do no further harm and to sustain lives.

The DMT's roles and responsibilities covers seven primary pointsMedical training arm simulator

  1. Personal Safety - They ensure the safety of the crew, patients and bystanders (within the immediate vicinity)
  2. Patient Assessment - Patient care based on the findings using a Patient Assessment Module (PAM).
  3. Advanced Emergency Medical Techniques:
    • Basic & Advance Airway Management
    • Thoracentesis
    • Intravenous Infusion -(IV)
    • Intraosseous Infusion- (IO)
    • Suturing Minor Wounds
    • Urinary Catheterisation
  4. The proper handling methods of lifting and moving wounded patients to safety
  5. Transportation and Transfer of care of patients
  6. Record keeping and data collection: The reporting of the patient's status and medical conditions to Diving doctors and to Diving Supervisor/ Diving Superintendent for all diving-related injuries
  7. Patient advocacy: Upholding Patient Confidentiality & Privacy

Above: Dive Medic Technician training using a medical
training arm simulator. (pic: KBA Training Centre Pte ltd)

Continuation Cycle of Higher Medical Training for First Responders and First-Aiders

In the present times, there have been a sharp rise in the amount of accidents and incidents happening across the offshore, marine and construction industry. As numerous companies continue to seek out new projects and contracts, there are times where safety lapses may occur. When these safety lapses are not found or discovered, accidents may occur which can result in injury or the worst case scenario, death.

Although many companies may send their employees or safety managers and executives to attend basic first aid courses, there have been a cry out for the greater need and response for first aiders and responders to possess more knowledge about injuries and medical conditions that can occur at any point in time in the workplace. However, when an individual comes equipped with proper training through theory and practical assessments and technical experience, this extra and technical medical knowledge can be the difference between life and death, when an individual is armed with DMT medical training comes can perform a variety of first-aid treatment where a normal first-aider may not be able to.

Application of Diver Medic Training (DMT) in a Marine, Offshore, &. Hyperbaric Setting

History & Relevance: In an Inland Inshore or offshore diving setting, it is a requirement that there is at least one member of a dive team who is not involved in the diving operations besides the Diving Supervisor to be trained in advance first-aid treatment. These individuals who possess the advance first-aid treatment will be the diving crew's designated “diver medic".

Benefits & Legitimacy: There has been a sense of relief for marine and offshore companies to have a DMT on site besides their diving supervisor carries significant fringe benefits for the legitimation of the operations conducted by marine companies and contractors providing their services. It projects a positive outlook for the marine and diving companies to have their own DMTs as they have full and active knowledge of medical conditions of all the divers working on the job site. There have been Instances that with the DMT's active involvement in minor to major medical emergencies has ensured that the lives of their patients have been preserved and prevented further loss of life or further damage to the wounded employees.

Medical Direction: In most circumstances due to the remote nature of the Job site, theDive Medic Technician training DMT’s have been charged with what is known as “Medical Direction". This has given the "Rig Medic" or the OMT's to save precious life-saving time to contact an authorised physician from the field via radio or other means of communications to obtain further necessary Instructions on the care/treatment of a patient. This step in the life-saving process is very essential and used particularly when a patient is in dire need of care and that is not allowed without medical direction under the caregiver's scope of practice. In a sense, due to the essential training undergone by a DMT, they are authorised to administer certain treatments (e.g. medications, pharmaceutical drugs) with the direction of a certified physician. This step is known as Direct Medical Direction. In the other likely scenario known as Indirect Medical Direction, the DMT's will administer drugs following a set of written instructions such as protocols, or standing orders and Patient Group Directives (PGD's).

The DMT training can be considered a major shift in the normal routines of a diver, dive technician or a diving supervisor or dive master in their career. To possess the DMT certification is not a certification to be treated lightly as the skills that the DMT's have learnt can be put to good use daily and this has also increased the value of the divers and employees working In the marine and offshore industry to be one step closer to the preservation of life. This positive practice gives potential clients an assurance that besides the services rendered for marine and offshore job tasks are covered with an individual who has advanced first-aid knowledge.

Above: Dive Medic Technician training
(pic: KBA Training Centre Pte Ltd}

For more information on becoming a DMT, please visit our Diver Medic Technician Course page.

Building a career in Health & Safety – Getting qualified

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2017

Building a career in Health & Safety – Getting qualified

Health & Safety at Work

Significance of nurturing a ‘safety culture’

Whether it is mining or diving, construction or exploration, most business operations involve an element of risk. To achieve the goal of ‘zero harm’ at the work place, it is paramount to promote the concept of safe behavior across the organisation. It is imperative to build and nurture a culture of safety to create an incident-free environment, ensuring optimal health and safety of all concerned. The safety culture is indeed an integral aspect in ascertaining continued operational excellence for every business.

Career prospects in the Health & Safety space

The threat of accident or injury looms large as people work in different environments – hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, high temperature or extreme pressure. Specially trained professionals are needed to minimise mishaps, prevent sickness and control damage to company assets. And so the demand for occupational health & safety professionals is growing by the day. If you are a certified, professionally trained health & safety specialist, you will find a gateway of opportunities across industry verticals, characterised by excellent career advancement and financial remuneration.

Starting off with KBAT’s ‘Health & Safety at Work Qualification’

This qualification provides day-to-day understanding of the management of health and safety at the workplace. It is a NEBOSH certification, which proves that you have the essential skills (taking the 3-day course is insufficient to become a HSE officer) in the modern, global workplace. Also, this is an ideal first step towards other higher level NEBOSH qualifications such as NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health & Safety and NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety.

Key highlights

➢    Program divided into two units – Workplace Safety Foundations & Workplace Safety Assessment
➢    Includes a multiple choice examination & a practical risk assessment
➢    Available in Distance Learning, eLearning, Full-time and Combined formats
➢    Instruction in English; choice of language to take the final exam in English, Arabic, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, French or Spanish
➢    Courseware offered in English, Mandarin Chinese (simplified) and Arabic (for the Distance Learning format)

Become a certified Health & Safety professional

KBA Training Centre continues to be at the forefront of world class training, with a focus on occupational health & safety. We pride on our team of seasoned and hands-on trainers who are tuned in to the highest industry standards. With our worldwide venues & schedules, and courses approved by internationally accredited bodies such as IMCA, NEBOSH, IOSH, IRATA and certified under ISO 29990:2010 standard; KBAT is strongly positioned to deliver quality training in the field of health, safety & environment management, commercial diving, medical and first aid training in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

To know more, please visit our NEBOSH Health & Safety at Work Qualification course page.

How you can be a Qualified Commercial Diver

Date Posted: 03 Aug 2017

How you can be a Qualified Commercial Diver

Singapore Approved commercial diver training by KBA Training Centre

Diving to make a decent living

Diving as a career is catching up fast among today’s youngsters. Though commercial divers are primarily needed at offshore oil rigs and underwater construction structures, work opportunities also exist inland. These include power plants, bridge inspection, wastewater treatment plants, among other places. Aspiring individuals, who are equipped with commercial diver training, can make a decent living as a commercial diver.
KBA Training Centre (KBAT) – the no.1 choice for commercial diver training

ranks as one of Asia’s top-notch training academies, which offers industry-relevant training approved by national/global accredited bodies such as SSG, IMCA, NEBOSH, IOSH and IRATA. KBAT offers inland/inshore commercial diving courses from diver to supervisor levels (Level 1 to Level 4) to equip you with necessary diving skills and knowledge in accordance with the requirements of the Singapore relevant legislations. Our newly re-located commercial diver training centre at Toll Offshore Supply Base in Loyang is truly a world class facility; it is the first Nationally Accredited Commercial Diver Training Centre in Singapore and Asia that is certified under the ISO 29990 Learning Service Providers accreditation scheme and approved by MOM, Singapore. The objective is to provide highly professional training aimed at raising the operational safety standards within the inland/inshore commercial diving industry.
Collaboration with PDA

KBAT has signed an MOU with the Professional Diving Academy (PDA), Dunoon (Scotland) to train commercial divers in Singapore to the UK HSE offshore diving standard – Part I (Surface Supplied / Top-Up Certificates). This strategic collaboration will enable trained commercial divers to further their career options, thereby gaining a highly recognised international offshore commercial diver’s qualification in the process.
Launchpad for success

KBAT feels a glow of pride to announce its first female Singaporean diver – Ms. Siti Naqiah Binte Tusliman - who is certified under the ISO 29990:2010 Standard Scheme that fully complies with Singapore Commercial Diving Standards. And, well, there is more good news. For eligible candidates who make the cut, new course funding is available with up to 95% subsidies! Terms and Conditions Apply

It’s time to take the plunge! Fulfill your dream of being a professional commercial diver. Enroll at KBAT, today. For course details and other info, please visit our Commercial Diving Courses page.

Life On Ropes - INDUSTRIAL Rope Access SYSTEM

Date Posted: 06 Jul 2017

Life On Ropes - INDUSTRIAL Rope Access SYSTEM

Globally acknowledged IRATA rope access training from Singapore’s premier academy

We have seen it in the movies as well as on TV: terrified people trapped in high, inaccessible spaces being rescued by trained professionals using ropes and harness. Climbing and descending lithely like Spiderman, these pros help save lives and control damage to property. However, unlike the comics where Spiderman uses only a single strand of web, the professional rope access technician always has a second rope to ensure safety.
This is just one application of what we call ‘Industrial Rope Access’. Industrial rope access is an acknowledged profession. It involves ropework activity which makes it possible for workers to reach hard-to-access places without the use of scaffolding or an aerial work platform.
Rope access training is the grooming that turns an ordinary individual into a dashing safety professional. A professionally certified, skilled industrial rope access technician can formulate plans to safely perform a range of complex tasks such as rescue & hauling, repairs & maintenance, inspection, cleaning, surveying, among others. From power plants to high-rise construction sites, from off-shore installations to deep mines, industrial rope access technicians are in great demand today.

Significance of IRATA Certification

IRATA is the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access.  It has over 400 member companies around the world and has trained in excess of 100,000 rope access technicians worldwide.

For any individual aspiring to work successfully as a rope access technician, an IRATA certification is the definitive prerequisite. It is the globally accepted benchmark for safety, performance and compliance.

Advantage KBAT

As a duly affiliated member of IRATA, KBAT is proud to be at the forefront in offering high quality industrial rope access training. Committed to promoting safety and operational efficiency at the workplace, we map out the training requirements of clients to reduce incidents and optimize cost savings for organisations.

We are an ISO 9001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 Certified Company committed to continual improvement and implementation of best industry practices. And our leadership team brings to the table 60 years of aggregate experience in the off-shore Oil and Gas industries.

Key highlights of our training programme

  • Fully equipped facility with a wide range of rope access equipment in Singapore
  • Able to offer In-house Training at client’s venue or BESPOKE training to meet company specific training needs
  • Dedicated classroom coaching
  • Qualified, experienced trainers
  • Focus on the importance for proper planning and management requirement during rope access and Rescue Training during emergency
  • IRATA validation included in course fee

Modules offered

IRATA Level 1

Scope: 5-day training course in rope access followed by independent IRATA assessment.
Pre-requisites -

  • No previous experience required
  • Aptitude for working at height
  • Physically and medically fit
  • Minimum age of 18 years

IRATA Level 2

Scope: 5-day training course in rope access, rope rigging & rescue. Independent IRATA assessment.

Pre-requisites -

  • Minimum of 12 months and 1000 hours of work experience in a variety of tasks as a level 1 rope access technician
  • Physically and medically fit

IRATA Level 3

Scope: 5-day training course in advanced rope access techniques, rescue, equipment examination and legislation. Independent IRATA assessment.

Pre-requisites -

  • Minimum of 12 months and 1000 hours of work experience as a level 2 rope access technician
  • Physically and medically fit
  • Appropriate first aid certificate
  • Written recommendation from an IRATA member company or assessor

Train with the experts!

Having an excellent track record in training safety and high evaluation passing rate since inception and in-depth experience in conducting IRATA-approved courses, KBA Training Centre is uniquely positioned to offer you high quality, professionally-driven industrial rope access training.

Enroll today to fulfill your dream of working as a qualified industrial rope access technician.

For more details, please visit the IRATA Courses page.


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