Atlas Knowledge has secured a seven year OPITO contract to deliver second-generation safety training to the UK offshore workforce.
Atlas was awarded the original Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) contract for experienced oil and gas workers six years ago. The milestone marked the first time a single training provider had been tasked with delivering a training solution to the UK’s offshore sector.
MIST was first introduced to the North Sea in 2009 to provide all workers travelling offshore with baseline safety awareness in order to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. An OPITO-approved standard, more than 100,000 workers have undertaken the Atlas Knowledge training since its creation.
In the new contract, Atlas will provide MIST training to 150,000 N. Sea workers.
Mark Neilson, Standards and Approvals Director, OPITO, said: “It is widely recognised that a key component to achieving a reduction in the number of accidents in the offshore industry is to improve safety training for all personnel. The MIST programme ensures that everyone working offshore has the right training and skills to reduce the risk of accidents.
“The extensive consultation undertaken by a wide-ranging group of industry stakeholders ensures that this training continues to meet the fundamental need to keep the offshore workforce safe. Atlas’ technical expertise, knowledge of the oil and gas business and successful track record has been an integral part of developing this high quality safety training package for the industry.”
Robert Morgan, Chairman, Atlas Knowledge, said: “This contract marks the continuation of an important relationship for us with OPITO and key industry stakeholders.
“The collaborative approach towards reviewing and redefining MIST has allowed us to build the best platform from which offshore workers can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues in the most efficient and effective way, including making it accessible via mobiles and tablets. Ultimately, it has been designed to ensure the industry reduces risk and increases competency.”