Monday, October 31, 2011

Resource Development Company Releases New Online Learning Course for SEMS Compliance

Resource Development Company (RDC) announces today the release of a new web-based ePILOT learning program designed to help offshore companies comply with the training and documentation requirements of the Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) rule that goes into effect November 15, 2011. 

The program covers the 13 elements of the SEMS rule, and is designed to be easily and quickly customized with each company’s SEMS plan.  The stand-alone online course can then be accessed by company operators on demand via the internet. 

“Our clients bring us their SEMS plan and we incorporate their plan into a consistent learning curriculum.  Personnel are able to access safe work practices, operating procedures, and emergency response plans as part of a learning initiative, preparing them to prevent mishaps and to properly respond to situations that occur,” says Brian Cormier, Director of Oil & Gas Solutions at RDC.  “Ultimately, how offshore companies apply their SEMS plans will determine their success.  This program is designed to maximize employee proficiency and provide documented knowledge verification.”

All ePILOT courses are certified to stringent e-learning standards by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the American Petroleum Institute (API).  ePILOT is the first web-based operator training curriculum certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, allowing learners to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU).  Additionally, ePILOT is designed to satisfy the training requirements specified by the mandated standards of six different federal agencies including OSHA, DOT, EPA and BSEE for safe and environmentally sound operations.

About SEMSIn October of 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), now the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), issued a Workplace Safety rule requiring offshore oil and gas operators to develop and maintain a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS).  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will oversee industry workplace safety and SEMS initiatives.   Each SEMS Program must identify and address operational safety hazards and impacts. Its goal is to promote human safety and environmental protection.  The SEMS Rule covers all offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters and makes American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice 75 (RP 75) a mandatory practice.   The SEMS program will enhance the safety and environmental protection of oil and gas drilling operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

About RDC
Resource Development Company (RDC) is a global leader in developing innovative learning solutions.  For the past 50 years, they have specialized in providing learning solutions to the oil and gas, refining, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Extensive industry knowledge and advanced web technology allow RDC to deliver unparalleled learning management, performance support and compliance information management solutions.