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Oil and gas industry is exposed to high risk of HSE compliance issues. The industry is highly risky by its nature, which include complex operations and procedures. Health, safety and environment (HSE) knowledge is vital requirement for employees to enrol themselves in oil and gas industry. This project aims to find the level of HSE knowledge of the Iraqi novice civil engineers working in Iraqi oil and gas industry and compare it with senior engineers and aims to identify the project managers’ expectations regarding HSE knowledge for the Iraqi novice civil engineers to determine the gap between the knowledge of novice civil engineers on HSE and expectations of project managers on novice civil engineers at Iraqi oil and gas industry. From the analysis, it was deduced that novice civil engineers are having moderate knowledge on the HSE elements of oil and gas industry. Lowest RII was observed for hazard analysis, prevention and safety. Comparison of senior and novice civil engineers revealed that there is significant gap between their knowledge levels of HSE elements. Interview approach showed that project managers expect novice civil engineers to have basic awareness, knowledge and skills related to the industry safety. Gaps were observed in terms of novice civil engineer knowledge on basic HSE elements and their accountability in sustaining a safety environment.
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