The oil and gas industry works in hazardous and complex settings. It is no surprise that the sector requires its employees to be certified with significant safety bodies to ensure the security of both workers and the workplace.
As a part of the safety measures, the Petroleum Education Council, also known as PEC, has designed specific courses that provide high-quality, comprehensive education to its students.
The classes are aimed to impart safety knowledge in high-risk and challenging situations to empower students with a complete skill set to handle such situations. The pec safety courses target different aspects of the industry, tackling various challenges.
PEC Safety Courses
PEC Safety comprises four different courses that vary in length and course structure.
PEC SAFELAND BASIC ORIENTATION
This course is designed to replace several Operator orientations by providing students with a broad understanding of health and safety problems in the oil and gas sector.
This one-day training offers employees a basic knowledge of general safety facts that they should be aware of before entering a corporate facility and doing their assigned work activities.
PEC H2S CLEAR
This training is intended to improve employee safety for workers in the general industry exposed to hydrogen sulfide at work. This class complies with the updated ANSI/ASSE Z390.1–2017 requirements.
PEC H2S Clear will teach students about the risks of H2S and the precautions, equipment, and controls that must be used when working in potentially hazardous situations.
PEC BASIC PIPELINE
Basic Pipeline offers workers general safety knowledge that they should be aware of before entering a company’s premises. Students will learn about the potential dangers that they may face in the pipeline business. Students will also better understand their OSHA rights and how they apply them to their job.
PEC CORE COMPLIANCE 3 DAY TRAINING
The Core Compliance course addresses over 40 of the most frequently asked questions on health, safety, and the environment (HSE).
The course covers all 29 HSE issues in depth while also covering 15 subjects at an awareness level. This course is SafeLandUSA and SafeGulf accredited, and it includes an annual refresher to keep student credentials current.
These courses are designed to meet the following objectives.
- To equip students to understand what extra training they will need to work for diverse operators at onshore and offshore sites.
- To instill in each student a mindset that will enable them to participate actively in the safety program.
- To teach each student the importance of asking questions when they are unsure about a particular element of their profession.
- To guarantee that each employee who has finished this program has a card stating that they have done it.
Significance of Safety Courses
Because most of the operational circumstances, chemicals, and end products involved with Oil and Gas production are well-known causes of severe safety and health hazards to employees, security and health management are essential components of the industry’s activities.
The significance of the safety measures is valued against the risks the sector involves. There are two categories of hazards seen in the oil and gas industry.
Hazards to Safety
Health and safety hazards are posed by vehicle accidents, contact injuries, fires and explosions, and trips or falls.
Hazards to Illness
These types of hazards are caused by agents such as.
- Chemical – Toxic, corrosive, carcinogens, asphyxiates, irritant, and sensitizing substances.
- Physical – Noise, vibration, radiations, extreme temperature.
- Biological – Virus, parasites, bacteria.
- Ergonomic – Manual handling activities, repetitive motions.
- Psychosocial – Overwork, odd working hours, isolated sites, violence.
Benefits of Safety Courses
The safety courses are targeted to provide safety for workers and reduce potential risks.
- It allows the Oil and Gas sector to identify hazards, analyze risks, and apply various management techniques.
- It ensures the well-being of all workers, contributing to a more motivated and productive staff.
- The use of predetermined safety policies and best practices aid in the recording and monitoring of health and safety indicators regularly (both leading and lagging).
- Costs connected with accidents and incidents are reduced.
- Regulatory compliance improves performance and ensures a thriving work environment.
Moreover, it improves working conditions and appreciates the value of the life of involved people. The industry involves high-risk elements that are susceptible to vigorous reactions to the tiniest amount of recklessness. Hence, compliance with safety measures is essential for survival.