Category Archive South America

Columbian Academy for Occupational Safety in the Mining Industry

The Colombian mining industry has grown at a fast pace during the past decade. In our times, Colombia is an important player in the world mining industry as a producer of high quality minerals.

Working conditions in the mining industry are hard. In order to protect the miners and avoid accidents, the government has enacted an extensive set of regulations which also include guidelines for dealing with vehicles for the transport of raw materials as well as the operators of cranes of all kinds as well as other lifting devices. The operators of mines are legally obliged to provide their employees, who are involved in the relevant tasks, with the appropriate training and to verify such training.

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TÜV Rheinland offers essential expertise for training and education. Our experts in Columbia train mine workers in the safe driving with off-road trucks with all-wheel drive and educate crane operators. Training content includes the following:

  • Defensive driving in high mountains (16 course units)
    • Defensive driving in industrial and mining environments
    • Movement of the vehicle on difficult terrain or high risk areas

Objectives: Participants learn about their own abilities and how to assess the vehicle safely as well as how to identify risks and avoid them.

  • Safety course for operators and lifting operations with bridge cranesand gantry cranes, rigging applications and critical evaluation oflifting.

Objectives: To provide theoretical and practical knowledge for the safe and efficient overhead cranes, gantry cranes and its relationship to good use rigging (slings, slings, shackles, eyebolts, turnbuckles, lifting equipment and other) operatinguserequired.

The certification of lifting equipment and qualification of their operators by an independent third party ensures that both equipment and operators dedicated evaluated by qualified personnel for this task. At present, companies around the world, aware of this need and are looking for a CA Ernst and support for this type of work required.

Training Against Labor Shortage in Brazil

Meeting with government officials, companies and potential partners

TÜV Rheinland representatives from Brazil together with training and welding experts of TÜV Rheinland Academy in Germany discussed with Brazilian government officials, companies and potential partners the installation of a training center.

TÜV Rheinland partnership with iPot-Metalsul

In front of the industrial backdrop of Volta Redonda, State Rio de Janeiro.
From left to right: Raphael Deveza Figueiredo (TÜV Rheinland), Paulo José de Freitas and Adilson Gustavo (IPOT), Tatiana de Almeida Oliveira Santos and Enrico Hein (TÜV Rheinland)

Brazil is on its way to become a heavyweight in the shipbuilding and offshore industry. Shipyards, which were reactivated on short notice, manufacture in high gear already. The primary reason for that is the discovery of new oil and gas reserves and the resulting large-scale investment of the state company Petrobras. Also, the region between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has been a large industrial strip for the automotive and steel industry for the last decades.

Analogous, demand for skilled personnel is high. But up to now there is a shortage of qualified personnel and no appropriate training available. Especially Barra Mansa, a municipallity located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, is traditionally a center of skilled manpower and training demands are expected to rise within next years.

During a meeting in Barra Mansa, Brazil, potential incentives and arguments to the installation of a training center in the region of Sul Fluminense were discussed between TÜV Rheinland representatives, government officials and potential business partners. Besides good infrastructure with motorways and a high speed train (HST), the region offers municipal and state tax incentives to attract new companies. Additionally a new commercial area has been developed for the establishment of enterprises.

At the end of the meeting, the city and Metasul, an employers‘ association for the steel industry, agreed to support the settlement of TÜV Rheinland in the region. Offices within the new commercial area were also offered to TÜV Rheinland. The mayor of Barra Mansa, Jonas Marins, promised to give the best possible support for opening the training center.

IRCA QMS ALA training course 2013 in Antwerp

IRCA Trainings in Antwerp

IRCA Surveillance Audit in Antwerp Passed Successfully

The high quality of IRCA training by TÜV Rheinland is well-established. In September, the surveillance audit of the IRCA QMS Auditor training course in Antwerp was passed with flying colors.

IRCA QMS ALA training course 2013 in Antwerp

IRCA QMS ALA training course 2013 in Antwerp

Since 2003, the TÜV Rheinland Academy is an IRCA approved training organization. IRCA auditor training courses are offered by TÜV Rheinland everywhere in the world, in the area of Occupational Health & Safety, Energy, Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) as well as Quality or Environmental Management.

IRCA Lead Tutors and Product Managers of TÜV Rheinland meet on an annual basis, to share experiences, receive information on the latest developments and continuously improve trainings together. This year‘s meeting took place in early August in Cologne with 14 participants.

IRCA Meeting 2013, Cologne

IRCA Meeting 2013, Cologne

In addition to the expert topics, an item of the agenda had been devoted to the advertising for auditor trainings according IRCA. The global online advertising got launched in September.

Find out more about IRCA trainings in the different countries on our website: www.tuv.com/auditor-training

Ahmed EL Tuwaisy’s Anniversary for IRCA Auditor Training

Training Course for
Kuweit Petroleum International – Q8

The IRCA tutors from TÜV Rheinland are scattered around the globe but feel like a big family. Some of them were on site personally, as Ahmed EL Tuwaisy held its 100th IRCA auditor training course in early December in The Hague (NL). Pierre Große, who is responsible for the IRCA training at TÜV Rheinland, presented a certificate to the anniversary.

In The Hague employees by Kuwait Petroleum International – known in Europe as Q8 – were trained. The company is one of the most important key accounts by TÜV Rheinland in Egypt. Since 2008 Q8 commissioned seven IRCA QMS Lead Auditor trainings in Kuwait and even in Europe. The Q8 subsidiaries in Kuwait, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and the Netherlands have been audited by TÜV Rheinland Eqypt for conformity with ISO 9001 and in 2012 the oil refinery in Rotterdam with ISO 50001.

Ahmed EL Tuwaisy has not only trained and audited Q8. Even companies such as Mobil Oil, ExxonMobil, Siemens, Mercedes, Alcatel and ABB are among his clients.

Photo:
Ahmed EL Tuwaisy (left), Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland Egypt, is working since 1998 for TÜV Rheinland. Since 2003 he performs IRCA training, as a Senior Lead Auditor and Lead Tutor for QMS, EMS, EnMS and OH & S management systems as well as IRCA Certified Lead Auditor for QMS, EMS and OHSAS.
Pierre Große (right), Director IRCA Auditor Training

About IRCA

The International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) is the largest and most important international certification body for auditors of management systems. The TÜV Rheinland Academy is an IRCA approved training organization and qualifies IRCA certified Lead Auditor’s worldwide with a comprehensive know-how of management systems and industry standards. More than 100 tutors operated for TÜV Rheinland in 2012.

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