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World’s largest privately owned oil and gas company adopts OPITO IMIST ONLINE - the first global standard in safety training

World’s largest privately owned oil and gas company adopts OPITO IMIST ONLINE -  the first global standard in safety training

LUKOIL, a major international vertically-integrated oil & gas company and one of the biggest Russian oil business groups has adopted OPITO IMIST (International Minimum Industry Safety Training) Online; the groundbreaking new global training standard for the oil and gas industry.

LUKOIL is currently implementing oil & gas exploration and production (E&P) projects across 12 countries and IMIST has just been adopted for roll out to their E&P workers in Iraq, with the goal of ensuring the highest of safety standards in this country.

Developed by global oil and gas training standards body OPITO International and delivered in partnership with Atlas via approved invigilation centres, IMIST brings for the first time a standardised level of basic safety training to an estimated 1.5 million oil and gas workers worldwide. The training assesses basic safety knowledge in nine subject areas including risk assessment, asset integrity, the use of hazardous substances, working at height and mechanical lifting among other subjects.

Andrey Naumov, Director of HR and Organisational development LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd., said: "We are committed to rolling out this common safety standard to our workforce in Iraq. It is important for LUKOIL to invest in the safety of our employees and workforce competency plays an integral role in ensuring not only that our operations are carried out in a safe and controlled manner, but that our company has the properly skilled and capable people in place to correctly identify and avoid risk."

Anton Gakhov, Learning and Development Manager LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd., comments: "LUKOIL has been working closely with Atlas to identify an appropriate training curriculum for our workforce in Iraq. OPITO IMIST Online forms a major part of our blended learning programme to ensure we are fully compliant and performing safely in operations." 

Iain Laing, Managing Director OPITO International, said: "IMIST is an important element of assuring a consistent standard of competency across the global oil and gas industry. LUKOIL’s commitment is a clear step forward towards achieving a step-change in the health and safety culture across the industry." 

John Rowley, CEO Atlas said, "We are delighted that LUKOIL has adopted IMIST Online for their Iraq operations. This affirms their commitment to safety, helping to set the standard for safe operations in this country. The industry takes health and safety very seriously and puts a lot of time and money behind constant improvements. IMIST Online has the potential to not only help individual businesses improve their own efficiency, but also the industry overall by enhancing the skills set of the transient workforce, making a significant contribution towards meeting one of the prime strategic needs of the modern-day industry: to take every opportunity to underpin health and safety performance and minimise accidents." 

IMIST Online, which was launched in the Middle East in July 2011, is being rolled out across 30 countries worldwide including Asia, Africa and North America over the next two years. It is delivered via e-learning and can be tailored to meet each region s language needs. It is currently available in 6 languages including Arabic; American and UK English, Hindi and Bahasa Malaysian. Additional languages, including Bahasa Indonesian, French, Thai and Vietnamese will be available soon.