The PSA sees with concern that capacity and competence are identified as nonconformities in a large number of our audits – at operators and licensees, in large companies and small.

Conditions related to this aspect have also been contributory factors in a number of serious incidents over the past couple of years. The availability of well-qualified personnel is a particular challenge among suppliers.

This position is worrying. The future of the industry will be characterised in part by ageing infrastructure, automation, the introduction of new modes of operation, and projects related to new forms of energy.

Safety in an increasingly complex sector can only be ensured through a competent labour force and good manning levels.

We would urge company decision-makers to pause and carry out a detailed assessment of the position in their own organisation. Success is fully possible with good management. 

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