New NEBOSH HSE qualification provides ‘core process safety knowledge’

Case Study: Bart Roeloffs - Seafox

“Training, training, training and Health and Safety training specifically is key in this industry.” These were the words of Bart Roeloffs Corporate Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Manager for Seafox when we spoke to him recently.

It is easy to understand why training is so vital for Bart and his colleagues when you consider the work they do. Seafox is a leading global offshore jack-up company. A jack-up rig is a floating platform with legs on each corner that can be lowered to the sea bottom to raise the platform above the water. Seafox offers a range of support services to the oil and gas and renewables industries from their jack-up rigs, including accommodation, well testing and crane support. These services are delivered in some of the harshest and most remote environments in the world and it’s therefore critical that all operations are carried out safely.

The new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management really appealed to Bart when he first heard about it. Here was a qualification developed specifically for workers like him operating in process industries, such as oil and gas. After looking at the topics covered, Bart thought it would help holders to develop and/or reinforce the specialist knowledge and understanding needed to effectively fulfil process safety responsibilities.

Bart was one of the first to take this new qualification and he had two motivations for doing so. He was keen to not only achieve the qualification himself, but he also wanted to assess its potential for supporting Seafox’s global health and safety strategy.

The company operates in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia and depends heavily on the “knowledge and experience of our personnel to ensure safe and successful execution of projects worldwide.”

“I was particularly interested in this qualification because it was jointly developed in the UK by NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). For me the UK is very much a benchmark when it comes to safety.” said Bart, who is from the Netherlands.

“Seafox operates in all corners of the globe and I find that some locations have a less rigid regulatory regime when compared to Europe for example, where we have seen the introduction of the Offshore Safety Directive. We want all our staff to work to the highest possible standards so a qualification like this, which has been developed in the UK but has international relevance, is very attractive to us.”

“In addition we have been focussing on our corporate major accident prevention policy (CMAPP) recently. Now I have taken the qualification myself I can say for definite it can help us to achieve and implement our CMAPP. We can use it to provide core knowledge, not only from a QHSE perspective but I would say for operational managers, for CEOs and so on.”

Bart added: “Personally I am very happy to have taken this qualification as it provided confirmation of the best practice we already follow at Seafox. I would definitely recommend it.

“I also believe it will add value here. What we see now is the regulator asking for competence and for evidence of competence. The new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management can certainly help us demonstrate that and provide additional confidence.”

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