Sector 'Rising to the Challenge' of Offshore Safety Training
The global oil & gas sector is continuing to rise to the challenge of offshore installation emergency training, according to health and safety experts Falck Nutec.
In light of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and the recent Shell oil spill in the North Sea, the offshore industry is continuing to pay particular attention to the potential risks of a high scale emergency situation.
This news comes on the back of the firm reporting a four-fold increase in annual turnover (from 2010 to 2011) for a range of their OIM (Offshore Installation Management) emergency courses.
Offshore and international account manager, Joanna Forycka, views this increase in demand as being positive:
"Many of our multi-national clients are now booking places on our courses from outside the UKCS. Since launching new courses earlier this year, such as OIM Legislation and Management of Major Emergencies (MoME), we have seen a continued rise in demand for such training. Our aim when delivering training is to keep the content as realistic and testing as possible for the OIMs. The courses are definitely challenging for delegates, testing communication skills, assertiveness and all-round competence at dealing with and averting escalation of scenarios."
Aberdeen centre manager, Chris Lawson, supported claims that the industry as a whole is continuing to remain vigilant:
"Things really picked up operationally last year and we feel this is down to higher awareness in the marketplace. We have invested significantly in our operations this year, in particular our emergency management suite and control room, which has had an upgrade. Traditionally the North Sea has always been switched on to the need to remain competent towards safety, and things seem to also be rising in industry standards and safety globally. Recent events have gone some way to emphasising the need for emergency response training."
Since February last year we have been working in collaboration with emergency response firm Altor Risk Group to deliver a range of crisis response courses. Established in September 2010 by the founders of Rubicon Response Limited - the emergency response specialist - Altor has already strategically developed its presence within both the UK and overseas markets.
Falck Nutec have OPITO-approved sites in Teesside and Europe's Oil & Gas capital. The firm specialise in offshore survival training, fire safety and awareness, helideck and sea survival. The company also offer a range of onsite training, such as offshore crane, banksman slinging, rigging and lifting, forklift training and dangerous goods. Falck group have 30 safety training centres in over five continents globally.
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have training centres in Aberdeen and Teesside. Falck Nutec's state of the art equipment and simulators provide delegates with a realistic training experience, in a safe and controlled environment. Expertly-trained and experienced instructors ensure that delegates receive personal attention and any areas of concern are addressed during their training, giving reassurance and increased confidence when involved in any potential emergency situation.
In 2008 Falck launched Falck Onsite through the acquisition of Aberdeen based Onsite Training Services. Falck Nutec and Falck Onsite have the ability to provide over 200 courses.
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