Safety leaders recognised at OSCC awards
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012

Organisations helping to build a safe and competent oil and gas workforce around the world have been recognised as OPITO announced the winners of the 2012 OPITO Safety and Competency Awards.

The top honour – the Chairman’s Award – went to Stephen Macklin, HSE manager at Shell for his passionate commitment to helping improve the skills and safety of the oil and gas workforce in Iraq.

Mr Macklin has demonstrated exceptional leadership as chair of the Iraq IOC Forum to promote and inform of the value of a standards based approach to workforce development using the OPITO standards and has worked continuously with the skills body to see the standards adopted across Iraq.

Commenting on the award, David Doig, Group chief executive of OPITO, said: “With a strong moral compass and sense of social fairness, Stephen has contributed much over the years, not least his current involvement in driving the development of the Abu Alkaseeb vocational training centre in Basra.

“Working towards the goal of helping the people of Iraq gain the world class skills that will enable them to rightly take their place in the workplace and make a proud contribution to the success of their oil and gas industry, Stephen is a well-deserved recipient of this award and a popular winner within the oil and gas community.”

This year’s Employer of the Year Award went to McDermott Middle East in recognition of the organisation’s commitment to building a safe and competent workforce through the use of OPITO standards.

McDermott Middle East’s UAE training centre was the first non-commercial training organisation in the region to achieve OPITO accreditation. Completing the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) course is mandatory for all employees prior to any offshore visit or assignment and the company has also announced plans to deliver in-house rigging training at Jebel Ali Ports to OPITO standards.

The final award, Training Provider of the Year, went to Petrofac Training Services for their commitment towards developing the skills of their staff to deliver OPITO training.

The company, which operates seven OPITO certified training centres globally, provided the Gulf of Mexico’s first OPITO approved training course in 2004. In feedback, course partners have rated the training provided by Petrofac as “world class”. This training has helped Petrofac remain lost time injury free for more than three years and led to a 30% reduction in minor incidents over the last 12 months.

Mr Doig added: “These awards set out to recognise and reward those companies and individuals who continue to push the boundaries and ensure the safety of the global oil and gas industry workforce.

“An impressive shortlist this year meant it was tougher than ever to identify the winners however we are delighted to be able to recognise those who have not only helped shape the industry’s past but are a vital part in driving forward its future.”

The winners were announced at the OPITO Safety and Competency Conference (OSCC) in Abu Dhabi. The one-day event was introduced in 2010 as a way to bring operators, contractors and the supply chain together with training organisations to provide a forum for improving standards of safety and competency that protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.

Around 300 delegates from around the world attended OSCC 2012 which focused on the theme of Managing the Safety Chain. Sponsored by Falck Nutec, SEFtec Global Training and Atlas, the conference saw NASA astronaut Mike Mullane deliver the keynote address.

Source: OPITO International

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