Workplace competency, safety go hand in hand

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WORKPLACE competency and health, safety and environmental (HSE) standards are not mutually exclusive, said a manager from the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO).

Asia Pacific Standards and Approval Manager from OPITO Thiran Nathan yesterday said companies need to see competency and HSE standards as “mutually dependent”, as those lacking competency pose higher HSE risks.

“HSE is a critical component of our existing technical standards, but we do not see the workplace and HSE as two separate things, because if a person is not competent, it directly creates a risk,” said Nathan, who presented at Institut Teknologi Brunei’s first HSE forum.

He added that an increasing number of Bruneians are being trained to meet OPITO standards through Megamas, which offer close to 20 associated OPITO courses.

“The number of people being trained in Brunei annually is in the thousands, and globally over 300,000 were trained to meet OPITO standards,” he added.

He also welcomed the possibility of OPITO standards and courses to be introduced to technical and vocational institutions in the sultanate.

“It would be excellent for technical and vocation insitutions here to consider OPITO standards as another way of Bruneians to be trained to these internationally recognised standards,” he said.

Nathan described the courses under OPITO as “directly preparing” employees to perform to international standards.

“It’s a formal education programme to make sure you are competent in the workplace through occupational standards that can be assessed, so employees can be deemed able to perform their jobs safely,” he added.

Yesterday’s HSE forum, which will end today, was organised in collaboration with the Energy Department of the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO). The forum, ‘Developing HSE capability in the Oil and Gas Industry in Brunei’ is themed ‘Engage, Communicate and Deliver’.

The Brunei Times