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Ineffective training is creating an ‘illusion of safety’

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Ineffective safety training will be one of the topics of discussion at the upcoming Australasian Oil & Gas Conference (AOG) in Perth this week.
 
According to Greg Smith, Legal Practice Director at STE Safety & Legal, a disengaged workforce and ineffective health and safety training practices are contributing to the ‘illusion of safety’ in the oil and gas industry.
 
One of the speakers at this week’s AOG Conference in Perth, Smith says that the industry needs to review current approaches to training that may be undermining good safety management.
 
While training is a key component of any safety management system, the reliance on training creates an ‘illusion of safety’. He explains that managers see a lot of time and resources being invested in safety training and therefore believe the health and safety risks are being effectively managed.
 
Major accident inquiries over the past 25 years, including Piper Alpha, Longford, BP Texas City, Montara and Deepwater Horizon have all observed that levels of training and competence were below society’s expectations. Smith added that the current approach to training was also leading to a disengaged workforce.
 
When managers do not attend health and safety training imposed on the workforce, they are not getting the information they need to understand what the workforce is supposed to be doing, adding significantly to the disengagement of workers.
 
Smith has spent almost two decades specialising in safety and health management, focussing on assisting clients’ understanding of organisational and individual responsibility for health and safety.
 
His presentation will be one of the highlights of a session dedicated to safety challenges and solutions in the oil and gas industry.
 
AOG will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 February to 22 February 2013.
 
This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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