29th March 2017
THE first downstream oil and gas workers have successfully completed safety-critical training under a new industry standard which has been developed using the same high criteria used to train offshore workers safe around the world.
Wild Geese Group (WGG) in Malaysia is the first company to achieve OPITO’s approval to deliver training as part of OPITO’s Onshore Petroleum Processing & Refining Facilities Standards which were launched in November 2016.
The training provider is the first in the world to be approved to deliver plant manager and incident commander initial response training and assessment training after meeting the strict criteria set out by the industry safety, standards and workforce development body. Personnel from NUSAPETRO Sdn. Bhd onshore plant have been the first to undertake the training and assessment.
OPITO’s emergency response framework for onshore personnel encompasses key specialist roles whose function is to manage any emergency, coordinate the response and respond to instructions around controlling an incident. These include control room operators, plant managers, incident commanders and fire/emergency response team leaders.
The industry organisation’s globally recognised upstream standards are delivered to workers in 45 countries and last year saw a record number of new approvals awarded to training provider companies, demonstrating the value the sector places on using OPITO standards.
OPITO interim chief executive John McDonald said: “This is a great success story of a training provider responding to the needs of the operators in its region and getting itself into a strong position to be able to deliver OPITO’s standards and further ensure the safety of those working in the onshore downstream sector.
“On the wider global stage, we are increasingly seeing companies moving into the onshore arena where the challenge for operators has been that they potentially have a multi-national, multi-generational workforce from different international and local organisations working across their campaigns. The onshore and offshore workforce share a lot of synergies in their safety requirements so ensuring they have fit for purpose safety training and competency standards is arguably the most significant factor for their workforce.
“OPITO’s onshore emergency response framework provides clarity to employers around what is expected from them when operating across borders and in partnership with other organisations. Plus, it gives personnel the confidence that their co-workers are trained to the same level as they are should an incident occur.
“Congratulations to Wild Geese Group and NUSAPETRO Sdn. Bhd”
Wild Geese Group chief operations officer, Mike Herrmann, said: “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to be able to deliver the world’s first OPITO Plant Manager/Incident Commander course from our Malaysian Emergency Response Service Centre (MERSC) in Kuala Lumpur.
“I am also proud of our team as I appreciate how much hard work and effort is required to both achieve and maintain approval to deliver an industry standard to the quality demanded by OPITO and the sector.
“Wild Geese Group is heavily involved in the OPITO supply learning chain having achieved a total of eight approvals for standards in five countries, with another two countries to be added this year. More importantly, a gap in the emergency management safety process has now been addressed for workers in the onshore petrochemical industry. We are very proud of the part we are playing in this.”