OPITO reveals winners of safety awards

The Royaroyle Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Oil and gas skills and workforce development organisation OPITO has today (17th November) revealed the winners of the Safety and Competency Awards 2016.

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

Two new awards were also presented this year. 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.

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. According to the organizer, 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 Royaroyle Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday.

“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 recognizing 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 organizations but strong leadership in encouraging others they partner with to strive for the same high standards.”

Below is OPITO’s rationale for selecting McDermott and PT Samson Tiara for the awards:

“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 2,000 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.”


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