Business plan

OPITO aims to improve safety standards, enhance the talents of existing staff and remains committed to developing a safe and skilled sector.

This is achieved by identifying the core needs of the industry and providing an effective framework to address those issues through a well established network of specialists and partners.

Business model

OPITO is unique as it is an industry owned organisation built on a self sustaining, solid business plan. The company is a not for profit organisation and reinvests any additional funds to further meet skills shortages and potential further demands. It guarantees employer leadership and future investment.

Benefit for industry

Provides an effective tool to ensure there’s a continued development of a safe, skilled workforce. It also promotes the industry as the right career path for youngsters to help meet any future staff shortages. OPITO also work in alliance with industry experts to develop new products that meet the ends of employers allowing business to grow further in a cost effective manner.

International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST) Standard

The oil & gas industry operates in some of the most dangerous environments in the world. Hazards are expected in this setting and must be controlled. Improvements in technology, workforce involvement, infrastructure care and rig operations have led to recent reductions in injuries and incidents but, it is recognised, more still needs to be done. It is believed that improved base line safety training is likely to improve the situation by ensuring that all personnel have the necessary safety awareness and basic skills training to recognise and avoid risk.

 To address this need, companies in the UK North Sea, along with Step Change in Safety, agreed to develop an introductory training programme that would introduce the key safety elements required by all employees.

Employers, through the Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific Employers Forums, from oil and gas regions around the world have asked for an equivalent programme to be developed to meet the global needs of the oil and gas industry. In response to this request, OPITO, in conjunction with industry representatives, has developed an International Minimum Industry Safety Training  standard suitable for use irrespective of location.

 The course can be offered at an OPITO approved training establishment or be employer led (OPITO approval required).

The OPITO “International Minimum Industry Safety Training” (IMIST) is highly recommended for all inexperienced employees in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Target Group 

This introductory safety training programme is designed to introduce the fundamental safety elements of the oil & gas industry to new starts, giving an appreciation of the potential hazards and controls that might be encountered by personnel. Each unit has been designed to focus the delegates’ attention on their personal responsibility for safety thus influencing their behaviour and attitude towards their co-workers, the oil and gas operations and the environment.

Delegate pre-requisites 

No pre-requisites are required.

Physical and stressful demands of the Course 

There are no specific medical requirements, although personnel must have a current offshore medical certificate before being allowed to work offshore.

Aims and objectives 

The aim of the IMIST programme is to introduce delegates to the key safety elements required by all employees working in the oil and gas industry. It also ensures the knowledge and understanding of these basic safety elements are maintained and current amongst the existing workforce.

Delegate Performance Assessment 

Delegates attending this training programme will be given a series of explanations and demonstrations which will identify what they are expected to know and do.

At the end of each module, candidates will be given a short test which will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the course content. A pass mark of 80% is required for each test.

Four modules also have practical components in which the delegates will take an active part. These exercises should be checked for accuracy by the training provider and results fed back to the delegates. (These exercises will form an integral part of the modules and will be reviewed/corrected by the training provider where required. They will not contribute to the final pass/fail decision.)

Any delegate failing to meet the expected learning outcomes as the course progresses can be given additional training. However, it should be clear that time to do this within the optimum contact time is limited and the delegate would have to show, through repeating test & practice sessions, that they have bridged the gap in their knowledge and understanding.

If any delegate fails, in the opinion of the training providers and after reasonable tuition, to meet the learning outcomes of any individual module, the entire IMIST must be repeated. Training providers must have a documented procedure in place for dealing with persons not meeting the stated learning outcomes.

NOTE: All practical exercise and test documentation completed by the delegates will be retained by the training provider for audit purposes.