A GREAT STORM IS COMING…..

The type of storm I’m talking about isn’t weather related – its a ‘joint integrity storm’ – focused on the near future turnaround events and projects that require ‘competent’ mechanical personnel throughout our UK industries, including oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical – even nuclear.

This perfect storm is formed when the various factors effecting the demand for skilled and competent personnel meet the reality of where UK labour standards are.

Its a ‘perfect’ storm that has just the right amount of negative factors;

The long reaching lack of apprenticeships that go back to the 1990’s, the ageing workforce*, the number of chancers, the shortage of skilled personnel, the drain on UK labour due to massive long term nuclear projects, the crossover of refinery and chemical plant turnaround events (the list goes on) – All of these reasons makes this storm a very long lasting and damaging event. If you think things are pretty poor now. I predict that it WILL get worse.

So, are you ready? Are you prepared?

Many of our clients that saw the early stages of this storm brewing have a chance of surviving. Their attitude toward the problem and their investment not only in training but their demand that training standards be upheld by all those working on their sites puts them in good stead with a very good chance of limited damage.

But for those that haven’t planned or prepared, it’s going to be one hell of a storm! You’re going to have to batten down the hatches, hold on tight and just hope for the best.

2024 is going to be a very busy year for our UK COMAH industries and demand for highly skilled, trained and competent mechanical labour will be high. Working on hazardous areas that contain bolted flange joints in pressurised systems requires skill and competency.

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There is time, although it’s fast running out and there is help and support for those that want to help prove competency to recognised industry standards…

Call Zulu Joint Integrity & Training Ltd 01246 209680 / 07724 201238 or contact our dedicated team at info@zulujointintegrity.co.uk

We are here to listen and consult on what the standards say you should have in place. We can support you with your site competency plan and training delivery. We can help with joint integrity management and BFJ inspection during turnarounds… we can help prevent the unthinkable.

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