There is a need in the aquaculture industry for specific training and competence requirements as a supplement to the regulatory qualification requirements. Causal analyses of past fish escape incidents and occupational accidents in the aquaculture industry, show that “inadequate training” has been identified as a contributing factor. Adequate training is therefore an important safety factor, and the knowledge and skills of the workers may be decisive for the operational safety.

A workshop was held in October 2017 on training and competence requirements in aquaculture operations. There were group sessions related to competence requirements for today’s operations, as well as for future exposed fish farming.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Non-conformity reporting and how the reports can be used for learning.
  • Quality management systems with a competence module to document employee training and formal education.
  • Knowledge transfer (theory vs. practice).
  • The importance of equipment-specific training (by manufacturer/technology supplier).
  • Certification courses (HSE, crane etc).
  • Planning and risk assessments (including safe job-analysis).
  • Co-determination and cooperation – Safe working practices.
  • Certification requirements (e.g ASC, GlobalGAP) vs. regulatory requirements.