OTS: Operator Training Simulators
An OTS is a suitable platform on which to practise for operators because it provides a safe environment in which to perform unfamiliar process and control tasks. Any mistake, any error will be converted into a lesson learnt without any real-life consequences. It is key to maintaining the practice of the procedures as a regular task for operators, and also providing refresher training at regular intervals and whenever a modification in the plant or in the control or safety system is implemented. Activities with the OTS should include operations such as start up and shutdown ahead of time, and working through the response to infrequent abnormal situations, based on best practice procedures. Training on best practices allows operators to run through the routines on a regular basis, so it is advisable not to allow too much time to elapse between refresher training courses.