Petrofac News 1700X397
17 October 2005

Essential Health & Safety Training Given a Lift with Industry Accreditation

Leading international safety training provider RGIT Montrose has attained a key offshore industry standard for two of its specialist health & safety courses.  The company have also strengthened their team with two key appointments.

The two courses covering introductory work on rigging & lifting and slinging & lifting – the latter commonly known as banksman slinger – have been formally approved by the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPIT0).

The three-day rigging & lifting course is of relevance to all oil and gas personnel who work with equipment that involves movement by crane on all UK platforms and rigs. The course is beneficial to delegates ensuring that they satisfy standard health and safety competencies.

The banksman slinger course is a key part of a new Greenhand training programme offered by RGIT Montrose for new entrants to the industry. The five-day course is designed to provide newcomers to offshore work with an insight into the offshore environment, as well as equipping them with a range of skills geared specifically for the drilling sector.

In addition to this industry recognition, S&y Moore and &y Goodridge have been appointed to the lifting operations team working alongside industry specialist, Colin Prentice. Since joining RGIT Montrose in March Colin has been instrumental in the development of the lifting operations and working at height portfolio.

S&y has more than 21 years’ offshore experience and 18 of these were spent with a major drilling company. He has extensive experience in crane operations, safety training and course development. Whilst &y brings 15 years’ experience in deck and lifting operations, training and assessment to his role as health and safety advisor.

Louise Ferguson, UK/Europe Director of Petrofac Training, of which RGIT Montrose is a division, said: “OPITO is the industry lead body for the offshore petroleum industry and its mission is to ensure quality competence standards and safety training for the international industry.  Attaining OPITO approval for these two specialist health and safety courses is extremely important - it effectively signals to our customers that they can be assured of a standard of training accepted across the industry.

“In a very competitive marketplace, it is vital for us to show that the courses we deliver are characterised by quality and a commitment to customer satisfaction, and we will continue to strive to reach the highest possible standards in our service provision. To this effect we are also applying for OPITO approval for a combined rigging and banksman course later this year.”

Ferguson added: “Our experienced team at RGIT Montrose will be continuing to ensure the successful delivery of essential health and safety training. We welcome S&y and &y on board and are confident that they will play a key part in the further development of our health and safety division.”