ConCom commitment clear at catch-up event

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Oct 2016

MORE than 90 delegates attended the annual Catch Up with Competency event this past month.

Mark Riley, of Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, chairman of the Humber Contractor Competency Forum 'Concom' welcomed delegates and introduced keynote speaker, host David Talbot, chief executive of HCF Catch.

Attending his first such event since taking the helm of the beacon training facility in January, Mr Talbot said: "The Concom scheme is a critical part of ensuring competency within the region and it is delivering a great service for both clients and contractors.

"This is a great time for the Humber region, with the Energy Estuary gaining prominence nationally and the investment in the future through the burgeoning offshore wind industry."

Brad Francis, also from Phillips 66, delivered a safety moment, and Phil Burgess from the HSE gave an overview of human factors and how everyone can work to reduce human failure.

As the newest client member of the Concom scheme, David Smith from British Steel, gave a presentation on how Concom is supporting safety improvements in performance at the Scunthorpe site.

Joe Wallinger from Bilfinger provided details about how Concom has been implemented in the organisation to improve competency.

Mr Riley presented a summary of the Concom and Prequal scheme achievements over the last 12 months and what developments will be coming up in the future.

Concom dates back to 1999, was established to develop high standards of competency for contractor companies and their employees working on Humber Bank manufacturing and processing sites.

Prequal is a scheme that began as a pilot in 2008 at the request of client sites who wanted a standardised way of pre-vetting suppliers and contractors. It was fully adopted the following year, with hundreds of companies now assessed.

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