Offshore safety training for oil and gas workers standards sought

Offshore safety around the world could be vastly improved with a saving of millions of pounds if safety training is standardised, skills body Opito said yesterday.

The announcement comes as BP battles to contain a huge oil spill from a Gulf of Mexico well.

Opito was introducing Mist (minimum industry safety training) to the global oil and gas industry at the OTC oil show in Houston, reports the Herald.

It launched successfully in the UK just over a year ago, and 35,000 people have already undergone training.

Mist was developed by Opito, employers and the offshore workforce to improve efficiency and standardise safety training across the UK continental shelf.

David Doig, chief executive of Portlethen-based Opito Group, said: “Every offshore worker has the absolute right to expect that their fellow workers are trained to the same standard.

“Every employer should ask themselves if they do enough to ensure the safety of their employees, and around the world more and more employers are adopting Opito standards because they see them as the best.

“The Piper Alpha tragedy drove significant change in the North Sea and Opito standards were derived from that.”

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