E-learning company Atlas Interactive has been awarded a $5million contract to provide health and safety training to the global oil and gas industry.
Atlas will team up with the industry skills organisation OPITO to train 1.5million workers to International Minimum Industry Training Standards (IMIST) over the next two years.
The programme should minimise potential gaps in health and safety standards across the world, claim OPITO.
David Doig, CEO of OPITO Group, said: “The delivery and content of basic safety training varies dramatically from region to region and lacks consistency across the industry. Oil and gas workers should have confidence that their colleagues share the same level of safety training and the ultimate aim of IMIST is to make the working environment safer.
Atlas Interactive will be developing and delivering the e-learning provision for the experienced worker programme. Their technical expertise, knowledge of the oil and gas business and successful track record has proven invaluable in the development of the high quality safety training package for the industry.”
John Rowley, Atlas chief executive added: “This is a groundbreaking initiative in terms of the importance the industry is placing on health and safety. We believe this is a clear indication of the industry’s commitment to standardisation and their willingness to embrace new technologies which can create a highly effective and efficient solution.”
IMIST will be launched in the Middle East in July, then rolled out across 30 countries worldwide throughout Asia, Africa and the United States.