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OPITO introduces new emergency response training

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A change to the way that the global oil and gas personnel can undertake safety-critical emergency response training has been unveiled at a gathering of industry professionals from across the globe.

The industry has undergone several adjustments with regards to its size and structure. Moreover, it is continually seeing to remain efficient in the current era of low oil price. In response to this, the creation of digital safety and training standards is a long term, demand-led initiative, deisigned to implement changes to workforce training.

OPITO – an industry-owned, not-for-profit safety and workforce development organization – will head the change. The Digital Standards Integration addresses the industry’s need for regulated online learning with credibility and compliance.

“What we have done in the past may not be appropriate for the workforce of the future. The oil and gas industry is facing challenges like never before and a paradigm shift is already underway,” said OPITO’s Group CEO, David Doig.

“As an industry, we must change the way we think about how we set standards, train people and assess competence. Critical to the market and sought by a number of major employers, the inclusion of a digital element in the training offering will drive real efficiency in oil and gas industry workforce training.

The resources will be available on an opt-in basis. However, they are being introduced to enable a fundamental learning choice for new generations of entrants going forward into the oil and gas sector. Oil and gas employers have unanimously supported the need for and introduction of digital standards across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, UK and Europe.

As the primary emergency response standard, the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency training (BOSIET) and Tropical BOSIET will be the first course launched in the digital offering. These will be available to learners at any time and from any location with internet access from summer 2017. The standards will include ongoing assessment components to better measure individuals’ understanding of the learning content and competency to travel and work in the sector.

OPITO is partnering with Atlas Knowledge Group on the development of the digital standards and the creation of an access portal for industry. It is also working with a network of employers and training providers globally in order to develop and pilot the digital standards going forward.

“With an increasing number of companies working across sectors, [the new standards’] introduction builds on our 30 years plus of offshore experience and will allow plant employers to implement an emergency response framework which is fit for purpose for the onshore community,” Doig added.

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