OPITO Looks To Digitize Safety Training to Remain Relevant
Workforce development organization OPITO is spearheading a project to transform the way oil and gas workers around the world undertake safety-critical emergency response training.
The Digital Standards Integration aims to create regulated, consistent, online safety and training Standards with world-class credibility and compliance. So far, more than a dozen training providers have signed up to support the industry program.
“This is definitely where the industry is going in order to ensure new generations of workers can access safety-critical training in a way that suits how different generations learn,” an OPITO representative told Rigzone.
“OPITO’s stance is that it needs to offer a choice so both the traditional method and this new digital method will co-exist,” the representative added.
Companies including Maersk Training, MTC International, AIS Group, Shell Roberts and Megamas Training will all contribute to the creation, testing and pilot of the digital integration ahead of its launch later this year.
“The oil and gas industry is changing and it is vital that the way we set standards, train people and assess competence continues to be relevant, effective and reflects the changing need of employers and workers,” OPITO International Managing Director Graham Gall said in an organization statement.
“Critical to the market and sought by a number of major employers, the inclusion of a digital element in the training offering represents a significant shift in how the workforce has been trained to date, providing an alternative choice of learning to the traditional classroom-based element of safety standards,” he added.
Available on an opt-in basis, the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), Tropical BOSIET and BOSIET CA EBS will be the first standards launched and made available through the digital offering.
At present, the BOSIET/TBOSIET/BOSIET CA EBS is divided into 40 percent of classroom learning and 60 percent practical training. The digital version will provide an interactive, online alternative to the classroom based element with additional knowledge content.
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