Enhancing health and safety knowledge - MOWI - Scotland

Enhancing health and safety knowledge

Extensive training has taken place in the Mowi Farming division to enhance the health and safety knowledge of our managers, skippers and others holding positions of responsibility.

Between September 2021 and March 2022, 35 members of staff completed the IOSH Managing Safely course run by West Highland College in Fort William.

Head of Health and Safety Stephen O’Neill emphasised the importance of this course, saying: “I see this recognised and respected course as an essential part of training for those holding key positions of responsibility. It provides an overview of the legal framework we operate within, allows an understanding of personal accountability and the need to risk assess so that all potential outcomes from the hazards we encounter can be reduced to as low as reasonably practical.”

Staff from across the Farming division went through the training including those working at freshwater and seawater sites, vessel operators, those involved in cleanerfish operations and fish health, as well as harvesting and processing. More courses will be added throughout 2022 for other members of staff to get this training.

Vessel training courses

Further training has been carried out for staff required to operate boats at Mowi with training partner iPowerboat. Five staff completed the Advanced Powerboat course, 14 staff completed the SQA Radar and Electronic Chart Systems course, seven completed a sea survival course and three completed a course in VHF Radio. Staff from sites including Loch Hourn, Muck, Rum, Glenfinnan, Greshornish and Gorsten were among those to benefit from this training.

All training certificates are logged on Mowi Academy, Mowi’s online training portal, which provides a comprehensive overview of the status of training across all staff at Mowi and gives staff access to a variety on online learning modules to take as part of their continual development. Mowi Academy has also been shortlisted for an award in the Innovation category at the forthcoming Aquaculture Awards 2022 next month.

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