The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has reiterated that the Minimum industry safety training for downstream operations (MISTDO), is a compulsory program introduced to safeguard operations in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry that has recorded 54 fatalities in five years.
The MISTDO program covers Depots, Petrol Stations, Product pipelines, LPG plants and Petroleum Trucks.
According to a statement from the regulatory agency, the program, which was launched following extensive collaborations with relevant stakeholders including IPMAN, was a direct response to upsurge in the downstream sector accidents and operational mishaps leading to high casualty and fatality rates averaging 54 fatalities yearly within a 5-year period.
The objectives of MISTDO include to enforce and standardize basic training for downstream workers and to provide industry reference for prospective trainees.
The program requires robust accreditation of training centers for existing workers and new entrants into the downstream sector, where successful trainees are issued a certificate valid for two years at a negotiated cost between the trainees and the certified training centers.
“Please note that DPR does not charge the trainees for the MISTDO program. To further ensure transparency of operations between the training centers and trainees, DPR made it mandatory for trainers to publish their cost of providing training on the MISTDO portal managed by DPR
“The DPR wishes to restate that as the regulatory agency, we will continue to provide robust oversight for safety of operations in the Nigerian oil and gas industry in line with global best practices to ensure business sustainability.