Q4 Oct-Dec 2009 Newsletter

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The recent months have been varied and busy for KBA, with Rozani and the climbing team having a successful expedition to Kazakhstan and climbing 3 new peaks; the new diving bell that was provided by Global Industries Asia Pacific Pte Ltd for the training of DMT in bell medical situations being established in operation and with training courses being successfully conducted in Bali, UAE, Japan, Batam, Saudi Arabia and of course Singapore- one of these new courses was the BOWTIE XP Risk Assessment and Incident Investigation training provided with our partner Governors from Holland, which was a first for KBAT / Governors BV and a great success. KBA and group of companies over the next few months will be introducing some exciting new services and we will keep you posted on this. As always we are continuously looking to recruit personnel for various projects as well as full time personnel and the current vacancies can be found below. Thank you to all of you who read our updates and reply to us with thanks – we are pleased to keep in touch with all our clients, past and current delegates of courses as well as new contacts. In this issue we also identify some diving equipment that has been stolen – so please keep your look out for it if you are in the diving industry.

Best Regards

Darren Brunton CMIOSH
Managing Director
KB Associates Pte Ltd


In this Issue

KBAT Launch the diving bell simulator for IMCA Diver Medic Training- September

After many weeks of planning, shipment, cleaning up and preparing for use the diving bell that has been provided by Global Industries Asia Pacific Pte Ltd  is now in operation for our IMCA Diver Medic courses. The bell was found in the Global Industries Indonesian Batam yard and after discussions with Global Industries regional management it was agreed to be provided for the use of training divers in simulated bell rescue and CPR drills. Located at KBAT’s practical training facility in Changi and now sitting on a purposed built frame allowing access from the bottom door- DMT students practice diver recovery drills followed by CPR drills inside the bell. Initial comments  from the first students to use the bell as a training aid was that the drills and practice provided excellent means to comprehend the requirements and actions from recovering the diver into the bell- removing the helmet and conducting  CPR Drills, while being closely monitored and tutored by the training team.

With the addition of the diving bell this now complements our DDC where full scenarios of Patient transfer, Decompression Illness; Intubation; suturing ; Intravenous Injections; Catheterisation and patient evaluations are carried out in real time environment.

Introducing KBA Engineering Services Pte Ltd (KBAE)
KBA Engineering Pte Ltd (KBAE) has been established to provide engineering services and analysis - KBAE has, since its incorporation some eight months ago, conducted engineering and analytical projects previously carried out by KBA. Environmental Hyperbaric Evacuation System testing using the KBAE developed data logging software system has become one of these established services.  KBAE is not however relying purely on projects of an existing nature and is seeking to gain internationally recognized capacities to perform other works that will broaden its horizon.  To this aim, KBAE have been audited under SAC Singlass in order that one of the proposed services will carry accreditation that will cross international boarders, such as pressure gauge calibration.  Very shortly, we will be in the position to offer accredited calibration services on pressure gauges which will include indication and life support units to an accuracy greater than 0.25% accuracy with full  traceability.  Our plans in the near future are to expand the scope of accreditation so as to ensure that services offered are beneficial to our clients both locally and internationally as well as more encompassing.
In our next news letter we shall expand on this when we expect to be in the position to officially announce the commencement of the accredited service.  We have already begun our set up for further scopes that we expect to bring to the market over the next six months.

USA IMCA Courses 

A third IMCA approved ALST, ADS & BDS course took place in Lake Charles Louisiana in August.  The course was once again full with various leading US diving companies sponsoring their employees and a few students self-sponsored.  There was a lot of experienced diving personnel on the course, from Superintendents to Rack Operators/ ALST’s each with their own unique offshore experiences which made for lively discussions during the lectures.

The course took place over 11 days with all students successfully passing the end of course examination. The next course will take place 7th to 17th December in the same location and a full programme of 5 full courses scheduled for 2010. Check out the course dates on our web site www.kbatraining.org

Risk Analysis & Incident Investigation Course 22 – 25 Sept 2009 (001-09)

In September KBAT launched its first risk analysis and incident investigation course in association with Dutch partner Governors’ B.V. This course combines established methodologies with user friendly software applications. Due to the extensive capability of the software and the varied requirements of our delegates tuition was delivered by Governors’ product manager Ms. Estella Groeneweg.   
The risk analysis element of training pivots around the oil and gas industry’s championed Bow Tie Method. This is the method favoured by today’s large multinationals corporations, governments and SME’s. The course equips delegates with the ability to apply the Bow Tie model using the sophisticated software developed by Governors. 
Incident investigation tools such as TOPSET and Tripod Incident Analysis form the basis of the incident investigation part of the course. Again an introduction to the relevant method is combined with tuition and hand-on experience using the associated software. The software has many notable functions including the ability to compile a thorough report complete with graphical presentations.  
The recent course was attended by a group of international delegates from locations including South America, South Africa, Russia, Singapore and the UK.   
Contact us directly if you are interested to attend our next BOWTIE and Incident Investigation course early 2010

Course schedule for Q4

Below lists the remaining courses to be conducted until December 31st 2009; our 2010 year schedule is now available on our web site. To register a place on any of the courses please contact us directly.

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health

  • 26 Oct – 7 Nov 09 (Singapore)
  • 9 – 21 Nov 09 (Bali, Indonesia)

NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety

  • 1 – 5 Dec 09 (Unit IA, Week 3)
  • 7 – 19 Dec 09 (Unit IC & ID, Week 1 & 2)

NEBOSH International Construction Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health (Pilot)

  • 9 – 20 Nov 09
IMCA Trainee Air Diving Supervisor
  • 19 – 23 Oct 09
  • 23 – 27 Nov 09
IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor
  • 26 – 29 Oct 09
  • 30 Nov – 3 Dec 09

IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician

  • 2 – 12 Nov 09

IMCA Diver Medic Technician

  • 2 – 13 Nov 09

IMCA Diver Medic Refresher

  • 26 – 30 Oct 09
  • 16 – 20 Nov 09
  • 7 – 11 Dec 09

Kirby Morgan DSI Basic Maintenance & Repair Technician

  • 7 – 9 Dec 09

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness Training

  • 30 – 31 Oct 09
  • 4 – 5 Dec 09
IRATA Rope Access level 1,2 and 3

Stolen Diving Equipment
It has been reported by a diving contractor based in Singapore that various diving equipment has been stolen from their yard. Some of the items that have been stolen in recent weeks are 5 Kirby Morgan helmets and masks. The type and serial # of each are as follows:-

  • 2 x KMB 18 Serial # 01166 and KMB 18 Serial # 00736
  • 3 x KMB17C C/w JEWEL Reclaim Ser # C44A4; Ser # C30A6 and C45A4

If you know the whereabouts of these helmets and masks please contact us and we will inform the diving contractor who they belong to so they can take further action- thank you.

KBA and group of companies are now recruiting for the following positions:-

Full Time Staff Positions
1.       Marketing Executive
2.       General Manager
3.       Marine Consultant – must be Master Mainer with DP experience
4.     Engineering Technician ( engineering / calibration)
5.     Safety / HSE trainer (must be Singapore-registered safety officer with relevant training qualification)

Contract Positions
6.       Pipe line Engineers
7.       Subsea / Deepwater Engineers
8.       QAQC Pipe line Engineers
9.       Marine Consultants with experience in Port construction

Delegate Profile
Our news letter will now include a Delegate Profile – who is someone who has attended training courses with KBAT and outlines their personal success and how the training has helped them to achieve this. Our First Delegate Profile is on Mr Gurdev Singh who attended our NEBOSH IGC course. Congratulations on your job in Canada and we wish you all the best; we also wish to thank Gurdev for providing the information to be our first delegate on profile.

Name: Gurdev Singh

KBAT Delegate: April 13th to April 25th 2009
Study Programme: NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC)
Position: Occupational Health & Safety Officer
Company: Wastech Services Ltd
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Where did your interest in health and safety begin? 

Gurdev: After leaving the civil service, I started working as a Quality Manager in a company in Singapore. My primary role then was the management of the quality system. The company was moving towards achieving the OHSAS 18001 certification and I volunteered to lead the team, with the Safety Officer, to prepare for the certification audit. 
Why did you study the NEBOSH IGC?
Gurdev: A check with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety revealed that the Nebosh IGC and program are widely recognized in Canada. Therefore, I decided to sign up for the Nebosh IGC in OH&S course to get an understanding of OH&S at an international level.
What did you like about studying the NEBOSH IGC at KBAT?
Gurdev: The course provided a good understanding of occupational health and safety at an international level. I have also shared my experience in the field of OH&S with the other students, especially looking at OH&S from a wider perspective.
Describe an average day in your job?
Gurdev: A typical workday begins at 8 am with the main focus of ensuring health and safety is maintained at the worksite. Occasionally, it would involve dealing with safety training providers and suppliers. The day would also include reviewing safety procedures, updating safety records, investigating first aid cases and workplace incidents, if any. I may also conduct a safety inspection of the workplace and report findings to the manager and/or supervisors.
What is your advice to those aiming for a career in health and safety?
Gurdev: I believe that health and safety is one of the pillars for an organization to remain competitive and viable in the global market. Therefore, having an effective OH&S management system (which focuses more on preserving employee’s health and safety) is important.

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