Petrobras test drives PAL

By Maria Hadlow26 July 2011

The Petrobras safety officers who completed their IPAF PAL Card training.

The Petrobras safety officers who completed their IPAF PAL Card training.

Petrobras, the Brazilian multinational energy and oil production company has sent its first group of safety officers on an IPAF operator training course. The training took place at Petrobus' headquarters and plant in Rio de Janeiro.

Petrobras wants to establish high training standards for platform operators in all its plants across Brazil and is evaluating the IPAF course. It is one of the largest companies in Latin America in terms of market capitalisation and revenue.

The operator course was delivered by the IPAF-approved training centre Mills Rental. On the day of the training, Romina Vanzi, IPAF's representative in Latin America, visited the Petrobras plant together with Marcelo Yamane, technical manager of Mills Rental.

Ms Vanzi said, "Oil refineries are another important work at height sector, where safety and best practice are paramount. We are pleased that Petrobras recognises the high quality of the IPAF operator training programme and that it is raising the standard for operator training across all its plants."

Those who successfully complete the IPAF training receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), which is valid for five years. The PAL Card is proof of training and shows the machine categories, which the holder has been trained to operate.

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