Safety training standards in the oil and gas industry are improving as a result of the rising number of offshore workers training to globally accepted standards, according to OPITO – The Oil and Gas Academy.

There has been a 270% increase in the number of companies adopting the academy’s standards, the UK-based industry body said.

OPITO said the number of workers being annually trained to its standards has risen to 140,000 from 33,000 in 2005.

OPITO CEO David Doig said the rising figures demonstrate a clear desire in the industry for uniformity when it comes to the safety and competency of its workforce.

The academy recently rolled out its Minimum Industry Safety Training course to help ensure oil and gas workers have the necessary safety awareness and training to avoid risk and incidents.