Risk Reduction by Integrated Training Strategies

Risk reduction is on the lips of everyone associated with the oil and gas industry. The use of qualitative and quantitative risk assessments has come to the forefront in recent years, led by a mutual interest between regulatory authorities, operators and the industry in general.  Although great strides have been achieved in risk mitigation, there are still some ways to go for implementing and getting the maximum benefits out of training that incorporates those good intentions in the industry. We can make the connection between identified risks and the required training to physically implement actions necessary for mitigating the risk, but training based on the true root causes of the vast majority of any major emergency still remains largely unresolved due in large part to a lack of situation-based simulations.
The industry is seeing more enlightened thinking when reviewing the overall health, safety and environment (HSE) culture and a realization that integrated approaches to subjects like well control with realistic situations. Scenario-based training works by taking previous basic knowledge and structuring training to mirror how the job is actually performed, integrating each lesson via a realistic scenario that requires employees to utilize a variety of skills simultaneously. 
The oilfield world that personnel live and work in is complex; the behaviors and skills required to solve a well control problem are always multi-dimensional, however, much, or indeed most, training developed and executed in corporate training programs are sequential in nature. This mismatch between the real world and the training world makes it a certainty that organizations are not getting enough training to ensure correct behavior at crises situations, and essentially putting personnel assets and reputation at risk by the misguided assumption that traditional training is adequate.
Even at the simplest level of required knowledge acquisition – the old fashioned “chalk and talk” – where a trainer interacts with the audience in one direction with a frightening array of slides, the content of which is the same as the words spoken, is of less long term value to adults. When subjected to this kind of training, they may be stimulated by the presentation, engaged by the graphics and motivated by the speaker, but the chance of them remembering what is being taught in a real life situation without actually training it hands-on as well is very unlikely. Building scenario-based training into learning programs also benefits a wide range of other topics, including risk analysis, leadership and coaching.
It is clear that traditional certification training is necessary. However, projects that only use traditional training methods, or fail to instigate scenario-based training run larger risks than the ones that do. Ultimately, a responsible response should be adopted; the question to be asked is whether preparedness to respond during an emergency is in place, or management simply continues believing implicit competencies exist to deal with any given situation.
Scenario-based training raises awareness and allows learning and development professionals to fill in the gaps between the cracks left by traditional modes of teaching. By developing the scenarios by immersing the participants in real-life situations, it locks in knowledge and understanding. The elements of a training program that help adults to learn include:
     ·  Making training relevant involving full participation in historically accurate scenarios
     ·  Stress-testing to aid processing short term memory into long term memory
     ·  Making training immediately of use to get high levels of acceptance
      · Making training experimental, allowing for periods of reflection
Finally, scenario-based training is more engaging. People learn more when they are engaged and it teaches people to learn from their mistakes.
Falck Safety Services Well Control and many other courses that are blending the traditional learning methods with new and interactive learning that includes hands-on and scenario-based training to ensure that our customers are equipped to tackle an emergency or even prevent one from developing.  


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