Atlas Knowledge has secured a seven year contract to deliver safety training to the UK offshore workforce, with an expected 150,000 workers expected to participate in the training during the term of the contract.
Atlas Knowledge is a provider of the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) online program, which was introduced to the North Sea in 2009 to provide all workers travelling offshore with baseline safety awareness. Over 100,000 workers have undertaken the Atlas Knowledge training since its debut.
The new program will be initiated from this month onwards.
Following extensive consultation by industry skills body OPITO with a cross-industry work group including the Health & Safety Executive, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the International Marine Contractors Association and Step Change in Safety, MIST has been restructured to take account of current and future industry needs.
The new training program has been reduced from nine modules to five modules in order to bring personal safety topics such as manual handling and mechanical lifting into one module. It includes two new sections focusing on major accident hazards and helicopter safety, as well as revised modules regarding workplace hazards and personal safety, risk management and control of work.
“We have a rich heritage in developing innovative, technology-led safety-critical training specifically designed to meet the exacting standards the global oil and gas sector demands,” said Robert Morgan, chairman of Atlas Knowledge.
“Listening to our customers and using their feedback to develop more effective, more engaging and more relevant training is what has made us the first choice for employers in 30 countries and 20 different languages around the world.
“This contract marks the continuation of an important relationship for us with OPITO and key industry stakeholders. The collaborative approach towards reviewing and redefining MIST has allowed us to build the best platform from which offshore workers can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues in the most efficient and effective way, including making it accessible via mobiles and tablets. Ultimately, it has been designed to ensure the industry reduces risk and increases competency.”
To improve learning experience, the MIST online refresher program now includes asset-based video content and is accessible via most computers, operating systems, browsers and tablets.
Mark Neilson, standards and approvals director at OPITO, said: “It is widely recognized that a key component to achieving a reduction in the number of accidents in the UK Continental Shelf offshore industry is to improve safety training for all personnel. The MIST program ensures that everyone working offshore has the right training and skills to reduce the risk of accidents.
“The extensive consultation undertaken by a wide-ranging group of industry stakeholders ensures that this training continues to meet the fundamental need to keep the offshore workforce safe. Atlas’ technical expertise, knowledge of the oil and gas business and successful track record has been an integral part of developing this high quality safety training package for the industry.”
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