Posted on Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Aware that a scientifically informed, consistent, professional approach to investigations is critical to on-going HSE systems improvement, ADNOC embarked on a journey to seek excellence in that area. Eventually, the Institute of Industrial Accident Investigators (IIAI – UK) was engaged to upgrade ADNOC’s investigation training module with a view to eliminating any inconsistencies in the investigative process and the training of in-house investigators.

Following months of collaborative effort, April 2019 saw ADNOC become the first Middle East Organisation to secure licensing as an IIAI Approved Training Centre for In-house purposes. In addition, ADNOC’s ‘Advanced Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis’ course was approved for IIAI joint branding and 15 of their Trainers (many of whom were also highly experienced investigators) successfully examined for the IIAI Certificate in Applied Training Practices.

ADNOC Tower, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


The final phases of approval took place 24th – 28th February 2019 at ADNOC Tower (right in top picture), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The trainers received their training for the IIAI Certificate in Applied Training Practices from RDC Director Paul Difford and, over the five days, also delivered elements of the ADNOC course to their peers, Senior IIAI Assessor and Executive Committee representative Eira Reed (centre in picture above) and ADNOC’s Dr Muhammad Tayab FIIAI (right in picture below). In addition, Abdulla H. Al Marzooqi (Senior VP, Group HSE Function, left in picture above) was a regular visitor to the training rooms and ADNOC’s commitment to visible, high level support was further endorsed when Mohammed Suwaidan Al Ameri (VP, Crisis & Risk Management and Business Continuity, see bottom picture, front row, 2nd from right) joined the delegates for a group photograph on the final day.


Currently approved for IIAI joint branding, ADNOC’s ‘Advanced Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis’ course should achieve ‘IIAI Lead Accident Investigator’s Certificate’ equivalence some time in 2021 so keep an eye here for developments and for more on ADNOC’s determination to achieve industry leading investigative, preventative and predictive capability.

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