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Winners of the 2016 global oil & gas safety awards announced

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International oil and gas skills and workforce development organisation OPITO has revealed the winners of the Safety and Competency Awards 2016.

The awards celebrate companies across the globe which best demonstrate a commitment to building a safe and competent oil and gas workforce through OPITO safety and training standards, which are recognised as the best in the world.

McDermott, a leading provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation services for upstream field developments worldwide, was named Employer of the Year, while PT Samson Tiara, specialists in providing a range of safety training services and products to the offshore oil and gas, maritime and other hazardous industries, received the coveted Training Provider of the Year accolade.

Two new awards were also presented this year. Mr Amadi Amadi, Manager S&E Technical with Shell Nigeria, was presented with the Partnership in Safety Award in recognition of his work to see the adoption of OPITO standards corporately and locally and the medical emergency response standards across the globe. He has also supported OPITO in the creation of a new Africa Industry Forum, helping the organisation better connect with the West African oil and gas industry.

Mr Ferry Luntungan of PT Jasa Internasional Maritim was also presented with the Chairman’s Award which honours exceptional commitment by an individual to supporting the work of OPITO in its mission to create a safer workplace. Mr Luntungan has been a staunch supporter of OPITO and passionate believer in how the standards improve safety since 2007. The award recognised his achievements in being a major driver for change for the industry in Indonesia.

The winners were announced at the OPITO Safety and Competency Conference (OSCC) which took place at The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

Bringing together around 450 senior figures from industry, governments, regulators and training providers from around the globe, the event explored whether current thinking and practices used by the sector to ensure the safety of its workforce are fit for today’s new industry landscape as well as the future.

Now in its seventh year, OSCC 2016 was supported by official event partner PETRONAS and gold sponsor Shell Malaysia Upstream. Award entries were judged on how they have effectively adopted OPITO standards, the number of staff trained, geographical location and examples of how the standards have shown a tangible improvement in safety and competence in the workplace.

“The past 12 months have been extremely challenging for the oil and gas industry however we have continued to see an unwavering commitment from companies of all sectors, sizes and disciplines around the world towards improving the safety training and develop the competency of the workforce,” said OPITO group chief executive officer David Doig.

“The OSCC Awards are our way of recognising and rewarding their ongoing efforts and I warmly congratulate all the companies who were shortlisted. We had an unprecedented number of entries this year, testament to the exceptional work being delivered across our industry.

“McDermott and PT Samson Tiara were chosen as the winners as they demonstrated not only a drive to increase safety within their own organisations but strong leadership in encouraging others they partner with to strive for the same high standards.”

As an OPITO approved training centre, McDermott actively participates in OPITO development forums and training provider advisory groups and upholds a resolute commitment to taking the lead with QHSES by proactively developing and supporting the behaviours and attitudes that lead to a robust culture and excellence in QHSES performance across their global operations.

From their initial adoption of emergency response framework and standards through to the inclusion of progressive learning and digital technologies, McDermott has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment towards achieving and maintaining personnel competency and safety.

PT Samson Tiara became the first OPITO approved safety training provider in Indonesia in 2004 and has played a pivotal role in the growth and adoption of OPITO standards across the region. The company has seen success not only with its initiative to push the adoption of OPITO standards within the Indonesian oil and gas industry, with over 2000 companies training and over 17 000 personnel to OPITO standards, inspiring more OPITO approved centres to open in Indonesia, but they have done so with a team of 100% Indonesian instructors and technical assistants all hired as permanent employees.

OSCC is the only global event focused on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry. The event was introduced to bring operators, contractors and the supply chain together with training organisations to provide a forum for improving standards of safety and competency that protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.

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