Cogent launches guidelines for competency management systems

Cogent has launched Guidelines for competency management systems for downstream and petroleum sites.

The guidelines have been written with input from downstream industry specialists, and aim to support the industry’s health and safety policies and procedures.  They will be reviewed in the light of new technology, operational experience and the sharing of best practice, as well as legislation.

The new guidelines are designed to ensure that an organisation’s competency management system not only improves staff motivation and performance, but critically reduces risks and the potential for human error.

Cogent CEO, Joanna Woolf said:

the need for organisation-wide processes for both developing and monitoring the competence of staff is paramount within both the sector and its supply chain.

These guidelines have been designed to ensure such processes leave no stone unturned, and that competency management is enshrined across the entire workforce.”

Chris Hunt, Director General UKPIA added:

a sound competency management system aligns organisational needs with the development needs of individuals within the organisation.

It demonstrates that your employees and contractors are competent to carry out the tasks they are required to perform, and that they are continually developing, alongside the introduction of new technology and regulation.”

The benefits of an effective competency management system may include:

  • improved staff motivation and performance on the job;
  • an organisational framework for staff development;
  • reduction of incidents and accidents;
  • greater efficiency, and 
  • a common framework which reduces administration and duplication across the organisation.

The guidelines are applicable to all sizes of organisation, from non-COMAH smaller sites – through to large top-tier COMAH sites.

Guidelines for competency management systems for downstream and petroleum sites is available from the Cogent website:

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