What happens to safety training during an economic downturn, when oil companies are cutting operations and costs?
We spoke with Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, to find out if there is any tendency for companies to cut training under these market conditions.
According to Cameron, prudent operators often use such an opportunity to increase, rather than decrease their training. In this clip he explains how a lull in activity can present an opportunity to train your best workers in preparation for busier times:
“There may be some situations where a cut in training is warranted,” said Cameron. “There are two factors at play here. First, you might have fewer workers to train, and secondly, if there is some uncertainty around whether projects will proceed or not, it does make sense to defer training until they are confirmed.”
“However,” he continued, “we have learned from past experience that once again prices will strengthen from their current levels and result in accelerated activity and a growing demand for skilled workers well trained in safe work practices.”
You can hear more from him on that topic in this audio clip:
How to make the best use of your safety training budget
If you’re looking for ways to trim your budget without compromising your training activities, outsourcing your in-house programs to Enform could be an effective solution. “We do a lot of training for companies under a custom training arrangement, and we can often do it much more cost-effectively than individual companies can do it themselves,” explained Cameron. This is how we’re working together toward zero incidents.
Stay tuned, in upcoming weeks we’ll be hearing from Cameron on the difference between personal safety and process safety.