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UK firm joins with UTT to slash oil companies’ safety bill

Thursday, December 6, 2012

British operational risk management company, Petrotechnics, will partner with the University of T&T (UTT) to create sustainable safety training solutions for offshore workers in the region. 

In a statement issued, Petrotechnics said the two entities will select and train local Trinidadians in general operational safety protocols as well as its own operational safety courses. 
This will form the basis for a self-sufficient, sustainable and cost effective delivery model for oil and gas organisations in the local area. It is believed that by enabling local-accredited safety training instructors, UTT could help operators in the region to save up to 40 per cent on current operational safety training costs. 
Once completed, UTT will be accredited to deliver Petrotechnics’ courses and the university will undergo annual reaccreditation of its training and facilities to ensure that high standards are maintained in the delivery of the courses, the company said. 
A ground-breaking programme, it represents the first time Petrotechnics has accredited a third-party organisation to deliver its services and is the first step in a wider strategy to develop accredited centres across the globe, with the first four graduates of the programme expected in the summer of 2013, the company said. 
In addition to attaining qualifications to deliver the HITRA (Hazard Identification and Task Risk Assessment) and ISSOW (Integrated Safe System of Work), graduates will be invited to return and train the next generation in operational safety creating sustainability in the area, Petrotechnics said. 
Although courses and graduates will be available to any company in the region, bpTT has a long-term relationship with both Petrotechnics and UTT, and has already committed to have its operational safety training delivered by UTT once its trainers have been accredited by Petrotechnics, which is expected to happen this month. 
Speaking of the partnership, Petrotechnics’ executive vice president Iain Mackay, said: “The partnership with the UTT will create a legacy of self-sufficient training in the region. By helping jumpstart and create an effective training environment, we will transfer our significant skills and knowledge to the local population, allowing them to manage and deliver a comprehensive safety training programme to offshore workers.” 
The vice-president said: “With more than ten years of experience in delivering training, we are using this to short cut some of the usual challenges in developing and deploying new training facilities. Working with bpTT, we have both been able to work with UTT to understand the challenges of relying on support and training from long distances and through our strong relationship we have been able to deliver an effective course for the region.” 
Petrotechnics said its operational performance and predictive risk solutions can enable organisations to intelligently embed, automate and manage its frontline work processes while giving them the means to measure and extract meaningful insight and operational intelligence, providing organisations with confidence that they have the ability to deliver on targets while removing uncertainty around this key area of operational risk. 
Over the last 12 years, Petrotechnics said it has worked in hazardous industries to increase operational efficiency and improve safety in the riskiest part of their operations. More than 40,000 people at 350 sites in 22 countries in hazardous industries currently use Petrotechnics solutions on a 24x7 basis, the company said. 
Petrotechnics has its headquarters in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, and offices in Houston, United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Russia to support its operations and global customer base. 


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