Yesterday I sat from 8am until 4pm in a decrepit old Soviet classroom attending what was described as a training course in industrial safety. In actual fact, this training course was no more than a Russian bloke very slowly reading out Russian Federation Law No. 116 line by line, in Russian, and then pausing whilst it was badly translated into English. The training course cost $375 per person, and did not include lunch, nor even coffee. To be fair, they had laid on two bottles of mineral water costing 70 cents each, but that was it by way of refreshments.
So why did I attend? Under Russian Federation Law No. 116, there is a requirement that all persons in a position of responsibility working in connection with hazardous facilities, which includes oil and gas plants, must attend a training course to familiarise themselves with the law and its requirements. In other words, it was compulsory.
Having found myself slipping into deep coma and my major organs shutting down in an attempt to keep my brain functioning throughout the day, I was reminded of my fluid mechanics lectures in university. Words alone cannot do justice in describing boredom of this kind.
Anyway, I will shortly have an exam on the subject in which I will be expected to answer questions from a badly translated document, examples of which follow:
In what term the organisation which has commissioned industrial facility, represents the documents necessary for registration in the state register?
To that the technical devices used on hazardous facility while in service are subject?
Who does determine the order of carrying out of extraordinary examination?
I’m sure this is all very worthwhile.