Offshore safety initiative launched in Arabic
Dubai, November 7, 2011
A landmark training initiative, developed by oil and gas training standards body Opito, for drastically improving safety standards for the global offshore workforce is now available in Arabic.
The International Minimum Industry Training Standard (IMIST) will ensure 1.5 million workers engaged in exploration and production activities worldwide have the necessary safety knowledge and training to understand and avoid hazards and risks.
The initiative is being delivered in partnership with Atlas, a leading provider of innovative learning, compliance and competency solutions to more than 600 organisations in the oil and gas and other safety-critical industries worldwide, via e-learning.
The IMIST is tailored to meet each region’s specific workforce, language and geographic needs, the course assesses basic safety knowledge in nine subject areas including risk assessment, asset integrity, the use of hazardous substances, working at height and mechanical lifting among other subjects, said Atlas in a statement.
The IMIST is being rolled out across 30 countries worldwide throughout Asia, Africa and the US over the next two years. A second translation, into Bahasa Malay, is due to be released in November 2011.
IMIST will be applied to every member of the current workforce and all new entrants to the industry.
John Rowley, CEO of Atlas said: “Originally developed in the UK and American English, IMIST provides the platform for increasing the performance of the national workforce whilst ensuring a standardised playing field in terms of safety and competency.
“With an estimated 221 million Arabic speakers in 57 different countries worldwide, this move is the first step towards increasing its accessibility, bringing the benefits of IMIST to wider pool of oil and gas workers,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service