The Oil & Pipelines Agency says it considers competency as “key to unlocking safe and efficient processes” across its six COMAH regulated Oil Fuel Depots (OFDs) sites.

In its latest Process Safety Focus newsletter, the OPA details the “significant moves” it’s made over recent months to further develop its competency management systems.

OPA enlisted competency specialists, Reynolds Training Services, to develop and implement a competency assurance programme across the six OFDs.

The OPA Site Leads and Site Teams working with the Competence Assurance Manager, Mathew Nicholson, had identified a lack of formal processes to instil skill, knowledge and understanding in new and existing operators.

“The move was designed to foster regulatory compliance and ensure all operators are safe and competent in performing their roles on the depots,” explained Mr Nicholson.

Process Safety Focus Feb newsletter

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Designing a competency standard: case study

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