Virtual training – leading the way
“Our priority is to protect the individual and society while supporting safe operations within the global energy sector.” – Maersk Training
Now more than ever, the world of Health & Safety is critical, from updating the day to day tasks, adapting business modules through to developing virtual training courses remotely to adhere to government advice. Health & Safety is the core value of all businesses.
The restrictions on movement and the requirements of social distancing present an immediate challenge to duty holders responsible for the safety of technical staff working in the wind energy sector. Failure to find a balance between these restrictions and the necessary training required to work in the industry can increase the risk of safety skills fade. The challenge for duty holders then becomes one of balancing risk against an internal assessment of skills.
The ongoing situation makes this process problematic, where social distancing and physical interaction pose difficulties due to the ever-present risk of infection inherent in social interaction with others.
To help clients make these essential assessments and decide on the best way to keep their staff safe, Maersk Training have developed new ways of delivering GWO training. The new methods of delivery remove or significantly reduce physical contact time and therefore, the reduced risk of infection.
Keen to support continued and safe operations within the industry, the company’s operations team endorsed their core value of ‘take care of today, actively prepare for tomorrow’ by completing two approval audits in a single week for the newly released virtual standards.
- GWO BSTR-Partial
This interim GWO standard is a fully online GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) refresher that provides learners with a six-month extension of their GWO BST. The training takes place in virtual classrooms with tutors live streaming the lesson and can have up to 12 delegates accessing via Adobe Connect.
- GWO Digital BST (full and refresher)
For those who feel the BSTR-P doesn’t match their requirements, the company have developed a blended option for both the GWO BST and refresher (onshore and offshore modules). This blended option splits the delegates’ time between an online classroom for theory work and the training centre for practical elements.
Maersk Training instructors are delivering training in a virtual classroom, which allows delegates to attend courses remotely, reducing the time spent in our training centres. Virtual classrooms are set up with a 360° view of the classroom, the instructor and have dedicated cameras for the whiteboard and any necessary equipment. This setup allows the course to be fully interactive with multiple learning techniques to ensure all participants’ engagement levels remain high.
However, some of the modules in the Digital BST requires delegates attending the practical element in our training centres. The Operational team have implemented strict measures to ensure the safety of both delegates and staff.
COVID-19 – managing transfer risk
Maersk Training UK’s HSEQ Manager, Jamie Murray, explained: “At this current stage, eliminating the hazard presented by COVID-19 is impossible. Consequently, in these initial stages, we have implemented a strictly hierarchical approach to managing transfer risk. Including but not limited to, ensuring social distancing where practicable, limiting exposure time through course scheduling, virtual classrooms, implementing one-way systems throughout our UK sites, physical barriers where appropriate and stringent hygiene standards.
“All preventative measures are in place with consideration to the entire hierarchy of control. We are here to help mitigate all the other hazards which are still present in the energy industry.”
Jamie continued: “While seeking to protect the individual, we also recognise the impact COVID-19 is having on society and is committed to protecting the broader community as part of our strategy. Although we take every precaution to ensure attendees have been following government lockdown guidance, we are also aware that this cannot be assumed.
“The potential of an individual being asymptomatic also needs to be considered. It is, for this reason, we have implemented the use of face masks as further community protection to reduce the likelihood of aerosol dispersal from individual to the environment. Our priority is to protect the individual and society while supporting safe operations within the global energy sector.”
Business Development Executive, James Costello, added: “It’s been fantastic to see the team pulling together under such challenging circumstances. Everyone has worked so hard and we can now give our clients the flexibility they need to ensure their critical teams are safe at work.
“Feedback from the first online and blended courses has been excellent, both in terms of the inherent social distancing of online learning and in the reduction of travel time and costs. It’s clear to me that blended and online learning will remain an attractive option for some time to come.”
The safety of customers and colleagues remains Maersk Training’s highest priority. With the energy industry being critical to national infrastructure, they continue to support this industry while persistently looking at innovative ways in which they can adapt to current solutions.