Anniversary celebrations raise awareness of CompEx and how it came into being

Jul 05, 2018

 Anniversary celebrations raise awareness of CompEx and how it came into being

Over the last few months, CompEx has been celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the CompEx Scheme with a number of events up and down the country, sharing as it does the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha Disaster in the North Sea. During that time, the CompEx Scheme has become the recognised Global Competency Scheme of choice for the major oil, gas and chemical users who want to protect both their workers and capital assets. It has been celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2018 and celebrating the significant impact it has had on improved safety in the workplace during that time.






The CompEx Scheme came about as a direct result of Lord Cullen’s 13-month investigation into the Piper Alpha tragedy that happened on 6thJuly 1988 – 30 years ago this Friday - and led to 106 recommendations that transformed the North Sea oil and gas industry into a global leader in safety in these hazardous environments. The CompEx scheme was launched in 1993 and the phenomenal success of the scheme has been marked with many milestones along the way, with Aberdeen College subsidiary ASET the first commercial centre in 1994, ten years later the scheme was celebrating the 10,000 candidate certificated for Gas & Vapour and in 2010 that number had risen to 25,000. Electronic online examinations were introduced in 2013 and JT Limited took over ownership of the scheme from EEMUA a year later in 2014.





The magic 50,000 candidates certificated target was passed in 2015 and now in 2018, that figure has passed 75,000 candidate certificates issued to increase safety in explosive atmospheres and CompEx opened its 60th worldwide centre.


The CompEx Best Practise Conference took place on 9th and 10th May this year at Shrigley Hall, Macclesfield, where 90 delegates attended and Research Workshops and 1:1 in-depth interviews were conducted to inform the future strategy of the CompEx Scheme.


The new CompEx Chair – Andrew Bellis was introduced to the conference, whilst the retiring Chair, Peter Bennett was presented with the CompEx Chairman Emeritus Certificate for his tireless contributions and leadership of the CompEx Scheme Committee over the last 25 years.


The new Chairman said he was honoured to take on the role from Peter Bennett and that he was fully aware of the importance of the CompEx scheme and the significant benefits that had come about over the past 25 years during which time, safety in hazardous environments in particular for the oil, gas and chemical industries, had improved beyond measure: He went on to state “I hope that the CompEx Scheme continues to lift the visibility of competency being a key component for increasing workplace safety and this message continues to be communicated worldwide”


During this 25th year of the CompEx scheme a number of other events and initiatives have taken place, including a short film and social media film have been commissioned to assist with the promotion of the CompEx Scheme and this can be seen on the CompEx Website at


Also, OGUK’s Safety 30 Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen took place in Aberdeen on 5th and 6th June attended by the CompEx Technical Management. CompEx was proud to sponsor the Conference App to increase its exposure and Lord Cullen who led the Piper Alpha Inquiry headed for the CompEx stand where he chatted and was pleased to have his photograph taken alongside CompEx team members.




CompEx was also pleased to help promote the ‘Pound for Piper’ Charity during the event to help fund the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial Garden in Aberdeen.





Martin Jones is the CompEx Operations Manager who heads up the organisation that oversees the CompEx scheme: “The role CompEx plays 25 years after it was brought into being, is vitally important and has played a huge part in raising safety in these hazardous working environments. I doubt anyone who was involved at the time seriously expected it to become as important as it has or to achieve the kind of numbers we have seen in this, our 25th year. I hope – and expect - that we’ll be equally impressed by the achievements of the scheme in 2043 when we celebrate the 50th anniversary and can still look back on the continuing high levels of safety achieved across these sectors. I think we can all be very pleased to be able to raise our glasses to success of the scheme since it was formed back in 1993 and applaud the efforts of those responsible then to have the forethought to ensure that CompEx became a reality and is responsible in no small measure for the safe environments in which so many people work day in, day out around the world.”


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