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Atlas launches driver training course to cut road accidents in Middle East

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, November 29 - 2011 @ 15:20

Designed by international learning and skills specialist Atlas, the course aims to increase understanding of safe driving techniques and procedures among people required to drive on company business in the oil and gas and other safety-critical industries.

In response to industry demand and the needs of the society at large, the multi-lingual e-learning course also addresses attitude and behaviour, awareness of risks and how they can be managed, and relevant driving laws, regulations and safety issues specific to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Launched this week, the availability of the course coincides with the recent Safe Roads Middle East Conference which took place in Dubai and brought together leading safety experts to discuss the way forward in tackling the region’s traffic crisis.

“Driving is considered the most dangerous life critical activity in the worldwide oil and gas industry – with risks significantly higher on construction projects,” said Natavan Askerova, account director for Atlas.

The startling fact is that as many as 33% of all serious and fatal road traffic incidents involve someone who was at work at the time. The region has accepted the growing problem of safety among drivers and has aggressively started working towards eradicating the problem by elevating the standards of safety.

Askerova added, “This is an area seeing significant investment from oil and gas operators to reduce the risks through competency development of their workforce. By making the course available not just to those employed in the region’s oil and gas industry but to their family members as well, we hope it will help promote a shift-change in road safety and reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads.”

The course meets the minimum training and competence standard as set out by global skills body OPITO. The underpinning technology is an innovative diagnostic tool called FAST TRACK which works by assessing a learner’s awareness under time bound conditions. Content is then delivered based on a learner’s individual knowledge gaps and weaknesses.

Divided into two parts, the course focuses on both Driving Safety and Driver Journey Management, promoting sound health and safety driving practices and a good safety culture at work. It is expected the benefits will translate over into private driving, further reducing the chances of incidents outside work.

The modular format includes sections on:

- Local driving-related laws and regulations, environment, culture and local conditions
- Common causes of road collisions
- Local driving hazards
- Factors that can affect a driver’s ability behind the wheel
- Road sign and markings identification
- Vehicle safety features
- Traffic systems and road layout
- Observation and awareness
- Defensive driving

Delegates will also learn the importance of vehicle maintenance and using roadworthiness checks.

Atlas will also provide training resources in the form of lesson plans, assessment schemes and supporting materials so instructors within individual organisations have the skills to deliver the full standard at their place of work.

More than 350,000 people in over 35 countries are currently benefiting from the e-learning training provided by Atlas which has offices in the UK and Abu Dhabi.

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