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OPITO: Common Systems Needed to Ensure Safety

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Research by training organization OPITO has revealed that oil and gas firms believe common systems, recognized certifications and accreditations along with the development of a global assurance program would significantly improve safety and competency in the industry.

Announcing the research Tuesday, OPITO said that companies also want to see a greater exchange of ideas across the industry and better sharing of best practice to improve safety and measure competency. Looking outside the oil and gas industry and exploring what other industries such as nuclear and aviation are doing was recommended.

The research, titled "Managing the Safety Chain" and conducted by Robert Gordon University and the University of Tulsa, explored how oil and gas companies manage competence and safety as it relates to their license to operate and to the management of the contractor workforce.

Among the universities' findings was that companies believe the a more long-term view of safety was needed, with some complaining that currently the industry did not look far enough ahead in terms of industry trends during the next five to 20 years.

However the most important factors towards a step-change in safety and competency involve people in the development of systems and placing more emphasis on personal responsibility.

OPITO Group Chief Executive David Doig commented in a statement:

"Previous research conducted for OPITO has concentrated on the application of common global standards and the relationship between compliance and competence. With this new research we wanted to dig deeper into how competence and safety are actually managed across the supply chain to ensure offshore workers whether employees or contractors are competent to do the job safely and effectively.

"The research has identified the drivers for safety and competency management among contracting companies and their clients – the operators - as well as explored different strategies and plans for developing a safe and competent workforce and, most importantly, how these are measured. The report makes for very interesting reading and will be of huge value to the industry when it is presented at the [OPITO Safety and Competence Conference in Abu Dhabi] later this month."

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