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June 28, 2019

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Hundreds of BP employees to study new NEBOSH qualifications

BP, the British multinational oil and gas company, and top seven energy providers globally, has chosen to partner with NEBOSH in the development of two new bespoke qualifications for its employees.

BP Director of Investigations & Learning, Tom Meldrum, joined other learners and instructors to get a first look at the new qualifications, that were launched in Houston, in May 2019. This included:

  • The NEBOSH Certificate in BP RCS for Skillful Investigators.
  • The NEBOSH Diploma in BP RCA for Mater Investigators.

The Certificate and Diploma, both accredited at Level 11, were developed from BP’s existing training course. They provide learners with the practical skills they need to investigate incidents in a complex environment.

Head of Strategy for NEBOSH, Matt Powell-Howard, was been closely involved in the development of the qualifications and attended the launch in Houston. He emphasised on how the “oil and gas industry can be a complex and challenging” and so the qualifications were developed with that in mind”.

“Together we’ve developed something that will give people the skills to not only investigate when things go wrong, but learn from these incidents, share knowledge within both BP and the wider industry, and put in place measures to stop them happening again”.

BP has a small team of full-time investigators; the introduction of these new qualifications will upskill other employees.

BP Lead Investigator, Roger Schulp, commented that “over the past year we have worked with NEBOSH to have our training and competency program accredited by an external body. NEBOSH was the right route to take given its high standards and internationally renowned qualifications”

It is envisaged that hundreds of people, from a range of other functions, will be qualified to complement the work of the investigation and health and safety teams over the coming years. They could be called upon at any time and their new skills will help them deepen their analysis and get to the underlying cause of any incident.

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