OPITO to Digitize Oil, Gas Safety Training

International training standards body OPITO revealed Wednesday that it will digitize safety training in the oil and gas industry in order to increase efficiency.

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.

Available to learners at any time and from any location where they can access the internet, the digital standard will include a new ongoing assessment component to better measure an individual’s understanding of the learning content and competency to travel and work in the sector.

The verifying assessment of a learner’s performance during the practical elements of the standard will remain unchanged and will continue to be delivered by OPITO’s network of over 190 approved training providers around the world.

The digital BOSIET and TBOSIET will be available from summer 2017. Further standards in the OPITO emergency response framework, including Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) and its international counterpart, IMIST, will follow as part of a phased integration.

“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 where smart businesses know there is opportunity in reinvention,” OPITO Group Chief Executive David Doig said.

“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,” he added.

“Providing an alternative to the traditional classroom-based element of the standard for the first time, it will enhance safety and give time back to workers, employers and training organisations through increased flexibility,” Doig concluded.

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