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Petrochemical giants first to undertake innovative training at Forth Valley College

07 December 2016

INEOS and Petroineos continue to lead the way in health and safety for the petrochemical and refining industry after becoming one of the first organisations to have its employees undertake the new CompEx Ex14 Responsible Person course available at Forth Valley College. 

Forth Valley College is the only provider in Scotland to offer this highly sought after qualification that is fully endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (H&SE).

The CompEx Ex14 course has been designed specifically for people in supervisory, management or technical authority roles, anyone who has a responsibility for the installation and inspection of equipment within sites such as refineries and petrochemical plants.,.

In total eight employees from INEOS and joint venture company Petroineos took part in the training last week (w/c Monday 21 November). 

Simon Sheehan, Instrument, Electrical, Technical Authority at Petroineos, said:
“Within INEOS and Petroineos we have very high standards and a single-minded focus on Safety, Health and the Environment. This course provided us with awareness of the latest innovations and further endorsement of our competencies to be able to undertake supervisory roles.”

Kenny Buchan, Asset Instrument and Electrical Engineer at INEOS said, “We have an excellent close working relationship with Forth Valley College in providing bespoke training courses tailored to meet the specific requirements of the refining and petrochemical industry. This pilot course has been developed with Industry in mind and the facilities at the College lend themselves well to enhancing learning and development.”

Alistair McKean, Lead Commercial Trainer at Forth Valley College said: “We’re delighted to add this exciting new course to our extensive CompEx portfolio. CompEx is a globally recognised scheme which sets the bar for training across the world.  The introduction of the CompEx 14 Responsible Person course meets a key industry requirement for ongoing training to ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of safe working practices and legislation. 

“Our pilot programme with INEOS and Petroineos has been a real success and we’ve received fantastic feedback. We expect it to generate a lot of interest from those operating at a senior level in the oil and gas industry.”

The CompEx Scheme is owned and operated by JTLimited.

Paul Hague, Business Development Manager for JT Ltd – the CompEx Certification body, said: “We have identified a need for this course working in collaboration with the HSE, as it was acknowledged that at senior levels, to a certain degree, there is a lack of awareness and understanding and the course was created to close this gap. The open nature of the course here at Forth Valley College – where the facilities are excellent – actively promotes discussion which works. We also have a well entrusted methodology for assessing competency of individuals and that combined certainly helps the companies to meet their goals in terms of health and safety and meeting the requirements of regulators.”

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