DPR launches minimum industry safety training for downstream operations

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…To commence enforcement Q3 2020
…Protocols to be developed in 3 major Nigerian languages

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has launched the Minimum Industry Safety Training for Downstream Operations (MISTDO) in Nigeria.

This is in fulfilment of the promise made by its Director, Engr. Sarki Auwalu to drive reforms that would prioritize safety of lives, processes and assets in downstream operations during the recently concluded Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.

MISTDO is aimed at ensuring that every person who engages in downstream operations is equipped with minimum safety training to ensure risk reduction and aversion. It is also a proactive step in preparation for the positive disruptions expected from enhanced refining capacity, automation of downstream processes and diversification of energy sources currently being wirtnessed in Nigeria’s downstream petroleum sector.

Engr. Sarki Auwulu, while speaking at the launch of the MISTDO protocol on Monday in Lagos, said the programme was designed to deepen safety training in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He said the move was necessitated by the rising cases of petroleum tanker accidents as well as gas explosion incidents leading to loss of lives and property across the country.

Auwulu said “The oil and gas industry is prone to many hazards. Majority of accidents in the downstream sector are due to human errors. This has led to loss of lives, destruction of properties and grave environmental pollution. Consequently, this puts the economy under immense pressure.”

He noted that effective September 1st, 2020, DPR will ensure MISTDO compliance in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, Edo, Imo, Niger, Nassarawa and Gombe states. Consequently, MISTDO will be a prerequisite for acwquisition of new and renewal of all Downstream Licences nationwide from 1st January, 2021.

The industry regulator confirmed that MISTDO would be deployed for all downstream operations and facilities. This includes Liquefied Petroleum Gas stations, retail outlets, petroleum product depots, jetties, lube plants, industrial gas users and petroleum truck drivers and motor boys.

He emphasized that no personnel would be permitted to engage in downstream operations without MISTDO training because investigations into reported incidents in the sector show that the underlining cause was poor safety culture of workers and lack of knowledge which revealed serious training gaps.

Auwulu said “Our records show that 70 per cent of accidents in the Nigerian oil and gas industry between 2013 and 2019 occurred in the downstream sector. To reverse this trend, the department has put in place enhanced regulatory strategies for downstream facilities’ development and operations monitoring targeted at the People, the Process and the Equipment.”

He said the DPR engaged critical stakeholders before coming up with the programme which has been developed in the three Nigerian major languages for easy understanding by all workers in the downstream sector.

The director said inputs were sought from Oil and Gas Training Providers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and Depots and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN).

He said contributions were also made by Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

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