Derek has been a part of the CFTDI family for over seven years and he functions as both a Lecturer and Health and Safety Officer. He has a plethora of qualifications ranging from a Diploma in Security Administration to Certificates in Health, Safety, Security and Environmental, Advanced Risk Assessment and Accident / Incident Investigation. Mr Archer lecturers in the Maritime field specifically in courses such as Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Basic First Aid and Security Awareness. In addition to his previously mentioned qualifications he is a Physical Trainer and Coach in the field of Athletics. Mr. Archer has also represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 1984 Olympic Games as a sprinter in the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Mr. Archer played a critical role in policy development and implementation to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus. Some of these procedures included the implementation of thermal scanners, visitor/staff questionnaires, social distancing, mask wearing and the designation of a quarantine area for employees. Mr Archer’s current focuses in addition to lecturing is updating the Institute’s policies and procedures such as the Health and Safety Manual along with Emergency Response, Food Safety and Waste Management Procedures.