Director of the trade ministry's Domestic Market Department Vo Van Quyen spoke to the Cong Thuong (Industry and Trade) newspaper about the need for management and staff to be certified to run a petrol station.
Many people complain that they have to wait too long to attend a training course. What do you think?
Decrees 84/2009/ND-CP and 107/2009/ND-CP introduced in 2009 state that managers and staff of petrol stations must be trained and certified about fire prevention, environment, work safety and business knowledge.
This training has been carried out by offices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in cities and towns throughout the nation.
However, under document 76/TCMT-DT&TTMT issued this year from the Viet Nam Environment Administration (VEA), any environmental training must now be provided and certified by VEA or its training centres.
As there are thousands petrol stations and hundreds of thousands of petrol station workers nation-wide, there are not enough VEA training centres to handle the training.
How can the situation be improved?
Enterprises and provincial departments of Industry and Trade have raised many recommendations, most notably of which is to provide extra facilities by privatising training.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has already spoken about the issue with relevant organ-isations.
In the meantime, detailed documents on providing environmental training courses for petrol station staff are being prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Provincial departments of Industry and Trade have already co-ordinated with enterprises to organise courses in fire prevention and fighting, environment protection and work safety for the training centres they have set up.
Under the new decree, the VEA would be in charge of inspecting all training to ensure its quality.
According to the Law on Environment, vocational certificates are valid for only three years. Does this mean the courses have to be repeated?
Previously, these kinds of certificates had a permanent validity. However, when the Law on Environment came into force in 2005, the duration was reduced to only three years.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade believes that it's not reasonable. Updating or retraining are only needed when there is new knowledge or the training programme is changed. This would help save time and money. — VNS