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What is IMIST?

IMIST (International Minimum Industry Safety Training) is an OPITO standard which supports the global Oil and Gas Industry to meet safety initiative targets.

  • IMIST has been developed to provide a new global standard for Health and Safety training, which will provide a comprehensive and consistent level of training across the world and enhance work force safety and compliance.
  • The IMIST standard ensures that workers have the necessary safety awareness and training to reduce risk and ultimately reduce the number of incidents.
  • Significant cost savings and ease of recruitment are also expected, as IMIST will reduce the need to continually repeat and duplicate training.
  • IMIST is currently available in 13 languages; American and UK English, Arabic, Hindi, Bahasa Malaysian, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Russian, Kazakh, Danish and Farsi.

IMIST online is an interactive e-Learning training programme that works by assessing the safety knowledge of an oil and gas worker during a random sequence of assessment questions. At the end of this assessment, which is completed under time-bound conditions, the programme will automatically and dynamically assemble a unique course for each individual based on their knowledge gaps identified in the pre-assessment. The candidate is then presented with this content and the relevant summative assessment questions. This process is repeated until the candidate has managed to answer all the assessment questions correctly. A 100% pass mark is required to complete the IMIST programme.

Modules

IMIST has been designed to enable existing workers to demonstrate their knowledge and awareness of the necessary safety standards to reduce risks and incidents. The course contains the following nine modules:

  1. Introduction to the Hazardous Environment
  2. Working Safely
  3. Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
  4. Tasks that Require a Permit to Work
  5. Personal Responsibility in Maintaining Asset Integrity
  6. Using Manual Handling Techniques Every Day
  7. Controlling the Use of Hazardous Substances
  8. Knowledge and Processes of Working at Height
  9. Being Aware of Mechanical Lifting Activities

About OPITO International

OPITO International – Improving safety and competence in the global Oil and Gas Industry

OPITO International is the skills body which ensures safety and competency in the worldwide Oil and Gas Industry; it is a unique, not-for-profit organisation, wholly owned by the Oil and Gas Industry.

OPITO is committed to:

  • Developing and sustaining a safe, skilled and competent workforce now and in the future
  • Improving industry safety standards by identifying and meeting the core demands of the global Oil and Gas Industry
  • Providing, maintaining and developing internationally recognised industry standards in safety training and competence assurance

This is achieved by working in collaboration with a well established network of industry employers, learning and training providers, education and academia, and partnership organisations.

What are OPITO Standards?

The OPITO standards are a set of training and/or competence standards, produced and agreed by the Oil and Gas Industry, covering a variety of offshore emergency response duties and occupational roles.

www.OPITO.com

About Atlas

Atlas – International Learning and Skills Provider

Atlas is the sole approved training provider for the IMIST e-learning course, working in partnership with OPITO to develop and deliver this new standardised safety training to the global Oil and Gas Industry.

At Atlas we develop innovative learning, compliance, and competency solutions. Our clients work in safety critical industries, Oil and Gas our key sector.

Since 1995 we’ve been at the forefront of our industry. During that time we have built up a wealth of knowledge; that is one of the reasons why we are able to meet our clients’ needs effectively. We understand the pressures on organisations operating in safety-critical environments. We also understand the anatomy of learning and how to exploit what is possible through technology to enhance people’s skills. We then apply this knowledge to create work we know makes a difference. We enable our clients to improve business performance, while reducing legislative and operational risk.

How we can help?

We create engaging interactive experiences to transfer knowledge and accelerate learning for our clients. We will work with you to:

  • Protect your people, assets and corporate reputation
  • Meet your learning, compliance and competency objectives
  • Demonstrate a positive impact on business performance and show a return on your investment in learning
  • Reduce the costs and downtime associated with more traditional training methods
  • Provide evidence of a more skilled and safe workforce
  • Enhance and demonstrate employee satisfaction and retention

We are ambitious for our clients and passionate about helping learners to develop their skills. Our 70-strong team includes training, technology and sector experts with in-depth knowledge of the issues facing Oil and Gas companies and other safety-critical industries. We are not interested in bells and whistles, nor do we take risks with innovation. We apply creative thinking to deliver intelligent, industry-relevant learning strategies, using the best proven technology solutions. And we think the numbers speak for themselves.

Every year we deliver over 350,000 learning events in over 40 countries and in more than 20 languages. We get to know our clients well, and we are trusted by over 150 leading international operators and over 600 energy and major service companies worldwide. We have a comprehensive library of over 175 HSE and technical courses ready to deliver. And we also develop bespoke learning programmes, depending on what our clients need.

We are proud of our reputation for excellence. Our courses are endorsed by leading industry bodies, including OPITO and Step Change. Our technical courses deliver internationally recognised certificates and formal qualifications such as Edexcel BTEC. In 2009, OPITO appointed Atlas to deliver UK MIST, and on the back of this success, in 2011 we have been awarded the contract for IMIST to deliver this first global standard in safety to the Oil and Gas Industry. We were recognised by E-learning Age as the silver winner of the E-learning Awards 2010 and have also been awarded accreditation from the prestigious Institute of IT Training (IITT) for our learning and development credentials. IITT accreditation is recognised as the global official standard in the Learning and Development (L&D) Industry today.

Institute of IT Training Silver Winner of 2010 e-learning award
Atlas

For information on IMIST, or any other Atlas products or services, please contact:

Atlas

E-mail: info@atlasknowledge.com

Tel: United Kingdom + 44 (0) 1224 708430

Tel: Middle East +971 2 6507900

FAQ's

WHAT IS IMIST?

International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST) is a new global standard for Health and Safety (HSE) training, which will provide a comprehensive and consistent level of training across the world and enhance workforce safety and compliance.

ABOUT OPITO INTERNATIONAL

OPITO International is a unique, not-for-profit organisation, wholly owned by the Oil and Gas Industry, with the objective of improving safety and competence in the global Oil and Gas Industry.

WHAT ARE OPITO STANDARDS?

The OPITO standards are a set of training and/or competence standards, produced and agreed by the offshore Oil and Gas Industry and covering a variety of offshore emergency response duties and occupational roles.

ABOUT THE IMIST STANDARD

IMIST has been developed to provide a new global standard for HSE training. The industry looks to this to provide a comprehensive and consistent level of training, onshore and offshore, across the world, to enhance work force safety and compliance. Significant cost savings and ease of recruitment are also expected, as IMIST will reduce the need to continually repeat and duplicate training.

HOW DO I PURCHASE IMIST?

Please use the online purchase section of the website. Note: only registered companies can purchase IMIST licences. Individuals wanting to sit the IMIST course should contact their nearest Atlas-approved IMIST Invigilation Centre. Search here for one near you.

CAN INDIVIDUALS PURCHASE AN IMIST LICENCE?

Individuals can only purchase an IMIST licence by contacting their nearest or preferred Atlas approved IMIST Invigilation Centre. The online purchasing option is ONLY valid for Registered Companies and Invigilation Centres. To find your nearest IMIST Invigilation Centre, Search here.

HOW DO I PURCHASE MULTIPLE LICENCES?

Companies can purchase multiple IMIST licences from the purchase section of this website, which offers three purchase options: 1) Online Credit Card payment, 2) Purchasing through a Purchase Requisition Form and 3) Purchase through your own internal Purchase Order process.

WHAT IS VANTAGE?

The VANTAGE training registration system is a global workforce training and competence tracking system for the Oil and Gas Industry.

HOW DO I GET A VANTAGE NUMBER?

Every person completing the IMIST Online training will be registered in the VANTAGE system within 48 hours and will automatically be assigned a unique Vantage Number. Please note that the individual will not be notified of the allocated Vantage Number, but this number can be obtained by any company that has access to the Vantage Database.

ARE OPITO CERTIFICATES A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO WORK OFFSHORE?

No, the responsibility to ensure that employees have adequate training before working offshore rests with the duty holder. However, many companies have already adopted and mandated OPITO training courses across the world to ensure consistency of training for their employees and contractors.

HOW DO I GET MY INVIGILATION CENTRE APPROVED?

You must apply to Atlas to get approval for your Invigilation Centre; see the Invigilation Centre section of the website.

WHERE CAN I FIND AN INVIGILATION CENTRE TO TAKE THE IMIST COURSE?

Please use the search tool in the Invigilation Centre section of the website.

CAN I TAKE THE IMIST COURSE AT HOME?

No, IMIST must be undertaken at an Invigilation Centre, which can be a Training Centre which has been approved by Atlas to act as an IMIST Invigilation Centre, or it can be a similarly approved Corporate Training facility operated by your employing company; search here for an Atlas Approved IMIST Invigilation Centre near you.

CAN MY COMPANY INVIGILATE IMIST IN-HOUSE?

Yes, provided you apply for Invigilation Centre status during the Company Registration process. Once you have registered your interest, we will send out our Atlas Approved Invigilation Centre Application form to complete and return for approval. To view the ‘Minimum requirements to become an Invigilation Centre’ click here. For further details, please refer to the Invigilation Centre section of the website on how to enrol your company as an Invigilation Centre.

WHAT LANGUAGES DOES IMIST SUPPORT?

IMIST is currently available in 13 languages; American and UK English, Arabic, Hindi, Bahasa Malaysian, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Russian, Kazakh, Danish and Farsi. Further languages are being scheduled, but language priority will be dictated by market requirements. Please contact Atlas to discuss any particular language requirements you may have.

WHEN WILL IMIST BE AVAILABLE IN MY REGION OR COUNTRY?

IMIST is available now in any country and region of the world. Please contact Atlas for more information.

WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF MY IMIST CERTIFICATE?

Your IMIST certificate is valid for four years.

CAN I SIT THE IMIST ONLINE COURSE IF I HAVE JUST STARTED WORKING IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY?

It is the responsibility of your employer to decide whether you have enough experience to undertake IMIST Online, as it is designed specifically for existing workers in the Oil and Gas Industry.

DO I HAVE TO DO THE IMIST COURSE IF I HAVE ALREADY DONE THE UK MIST COURSE?

The UK MIST course is only relevant to the UK. Provided you want to work in the UK or the UK Continental Shelf, then your MIST course will be valid and you are not required to do IMIST. If you are required to work outside of the UK then you should undertake the IMIST course.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE UK MIST COURSE IF I HAVE AN IMIST CERTIFICATE?

Your employer will decide whether your IMIST certificate will be valid in the UK. If your employer does not accept IMIST for work on the UKCS, then you will have to do the MIST course as it is specific to working offshore in the UK Continental Shelf.

WHEN WOULD I HAVE TO UNDERTAKE A REFRESHER COURSE?

Your IMIST refresher course should be undertaken every four years.

DO I NEED TO TAKE THE IMIST COURSE IF I AM AN EXPERIENCED WORKER?

The IMIST Online course is specifically designed for the experienced oil and gas worker. However it is the responsibility of your employer to decide whether you should undertake the IMIST programme.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE KEY CONTACT?

The person that registers a company on the Company Registration page is automatically appointed as the Key Contact for that company. The Key Contact is the only person who can purchase licences for your company online. This person can also assign administrators who will be able to register learners for the IMIST course, once licences have been purchased. The Key Contact can also register learners and, in addition, can appoint an alternative Key Contact if this role needs to be assigned to a different person. If a company has also registered to become an Atlas-approved Invigilator Centre, then the Key Contact will be able to appoint suitable Invigilators.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE INVIGILATOR?

Invigilators can only be appointed by the Key Contact of a company registered as an Atlas-approved Invigilation Centre. The role of the Invigilator is very important in order to ensure that each IMIST candidate receives IMIST training in a supervised environment, where cheating is not possible and identification checks are made on each learner. The role of the Invigilator is governed by a set of requirements, to which each Invigilator will agree before they can carry out their duties. To view the Invigilator Requirements, click here.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR?

The role of the Company Administrator is to be the nominated person in a company responsible for registering all staff into the IMIST programme. This must be undertaken in advance of personnel attending the Atlas Approved Invigilation Centre where they will complete the IMIST programme.

WHAT IS THE COMPANY REGISTRATION PROCESS?

There are two types of company registrations: 1) Registration for companies wishing to purchase licences for their staff but have the invigilated training take place in an external Invigilation Centre 2) Registration for companies wishing to become an Atlas-approved Invigilation Centre. The second option can be used either by existing Training Providers/Centres or by companies who have their own in-house training facilities and wish to have these approved for IMIST training.

Both types of company registration will start on the Registration Page. For companies wishing to register as Invigilation Centres an optional checkbox must be ticked at the bottom of the registration page. Once the registration is received, the Key Contact (the person making the registration) will receive an e-mail confirmation, which contains a link to accept the registration and to set a personal password. The e-mail address and password can then be used to log in (either on the ‘Admin Area’ page or on the right-hand side of the ‘Purchase’ page). Once logged in, the Key Contact can then purchase licences, appoint administrators and register learners.

If the registration is also for an Invigilation Centre, then the registration must be followed up by completing an Atlas Approved Invigilation Centre Application Form. The form will be sent to you once you register. To view the Atlas-approved Invigilation Centre Minimum Requirements, click here.


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