The workplace is changing, and if workers don’t upskill and learn then they can get left behind.
In the fast changing and technologically driven mining industry, the demand for a highly specialised workforce has amplified. Ensuring your workforce has been trained in the latest developments is crucial. This is especially so when it comes to fuels and lubricants – the lifeblood of industry.
While automated systems can help maintain a high quality of fuel, workers are key to ensuring that the cleanliness of fuel is maximised to maintain top productivity levels.
If a worker mishandles fuel or does not ensure that it is efficiently maintained the downstream effects can be catastrophic; hurting a company’s bottom line putting machinery – and potentially people – at risk.
Despite all the systems put in place to maintain fuel integrity and avoid fuel contamination, mistakes still happen. These are typically due to human error which is often caused by insufficient training about handling practices.
One of the most common problems is when particles of dirt enter into the engine and injectors during handling and storage. For instance a 120LPM pump working eight hours per day using fluid that is ISO 18/16/13 will pass approximately nine kilograms of dirt in 200 days of operation. This level can be even higher when combined with poor practices on site.
The simplest way for operations to mitigate easily avoidable instances like these is to train their workers. However, many operations face difficulties in providing adequate training to their staff due to the remote nature of their sites. This is compounded by the large number of workers that need to be trained, often in a relatively short time frame.
The problem exists because operators are often not fully educated on the correct practices to avoid contamination due to the difficulty in maintaining an up-to-date training program for a large number of users.As part of its innovative Fuel Integrity & Technology (FIT) program BP has developed an online training program designed to educate workers on the latest up to date processes to keep their fuel at its more efficient levels. According to the company its new training program will be a cornerstone of its wider FIT initiative.
The program is easily accessible via the FIT online portal, providing interactive training packages to cater to the needs of both the operators and supervisors, educating them on how to implement the best fuel handling practices.
The program trains workers on the different types of fuel contamination, how contaminated fuel can damage engine components such as fuel injectors – which has flow on effects into fuel combustion rates, how contamination is measured, how it can be avoided or at least its effects reduced, as well as the results of numerous BP field trials and research.
“Designed with the user in mind, FIT Fuels Training actively engages users throughout each module, using high quality images and animations to explain how fuel contamination can impact equipment, operations and business performance,” BP says.
“Multiple-choice ‘Test Your Knowledge’ sections are situated throughout the module and provide real-time feedback to users on their progression, while post-training assessments allow users to test their learning and receive a certificate in their chosen Fuels Training topic.
“Managers can also access assessment results to track the progression of users based on number of attempts, score, and cohort success rate.”
The easy to use program also attempts to clear up confusion regarding fuel handling practices, and covers a broad spectrum of information.
When this training is combined with the BP FIT program, and its advanced BP Ultimate Diesel formulation, greater efficiencies can be wrested from any operation.
To hear from our experts as to what the Fuel Integrity and Technology (FIT) can do for you, watch this video.