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IMIST safety training offered in Iraq

Friday, January 13, 2012

Training for IMIST, the "International Minimum Industry Safety Training" standard set up by oil and gas industry body Opito, is now being offered in Iraq, by computer based training company Atlas.

Atlas' Al Delma facility in Basra City has been accredited to offer IMIST training.

This means there are now 16 centres around the world accredited to offer IMIST training, including in Australia, Thailand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Nigeria and Russia.

The Al Delma centre will be capable of delivering the programme to up to 250 people every day.

'Long-term underinvestment in the development of our oil and gas personnel has meant considerable training is needed if we are to accomplish the goal of a safe and skilled workforce for the future," says Bilal Mahmood, CEO of Al Delma.

'As one of the biggest training centres in Iraq we have built our reputation on being quick, smart and reliable and we are delighted to be the first to gain approval to deliver this new international training and be a model to others in the country.'

IMIST is designed to bring a standardised level of basic safety training for all oil and gas workers worldwide. It assesses basic safety knowledge in nine subject areas including risk assessment, asset integrity, the use of hazardous substances, working at height and mechanical lifting.

IMIST online, which was launched in the Middle East in July 2011, is delivered in partnership with Atlas via approved invigilation centres only.

Workers using the Al Delma centre will have their IMIST training accepted by employers all over the world.

'This is a significant step forward for the oil and gas workforce in Iraq in terms of creating a safe, sustainable and profitable oil and gas industry for the country," says Atlas chief executive John Rowley.

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