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Our Guide to GWO and Basic Safety Training

Our Guide to GWO and Basic Safety Training

If a job requires you to handle wind turbines physically, a few Basic Safety Training (BST) modules will apply. Employers are required to ensure that all their employees are well-trained to practice safety. To facilitate this, the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has created a standard that requires and assists employers in carrying out this duty.

Pre-Existing Certifications

Some employees may argue that they do not need training since they’ve already taken some BST previously. However, if they’ve never worked in the wind industry and handled turbines physically, they’ll still need to supplement their training with the relevant BST modules. For example, GWO standards call for five different BST modules to be trained to employees. These are:

  • First Aid
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Awareness
  • Working at Heights
  • Sea Survival

An employee may have already trained in other modules, such as first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, and working at heights (all required by GWO) to work on wind turbines located inland. However, if this employee were to be tasked to work on offshore turbines, he or she will have to supplement the training with sea survival to comply with GWO standards.

GWO Training Providers

With the modules given out by GWO, employers are then given the option to look for training providers to ensure that their employees receive the right training. While the GWO modules are standardised, training providers will have their way of providing these courses and training. They will also have their tools, equipment, and facilities to carry out the job, meaning that time and cost can differ massively between providers even though they all revolve around the same modules.

With so many training providers out there, however, it can be a little tough to know which ones are up to standard. The good thing is that there are a few indicators for this. 

First, the training provider will offer training that revolves around one or more of GWO’s modules. For example, GWO heavily emphasises first aid training. Excellent training providers should be aware of this and, while offering other types of training, will add emphasis and provide a more thorough first aid courses and training. 

Second, while offering all the modules, the training provider will also have proof in the form of certifications to show that they’re qualified with the task. Contact information will also be readily available for any employees to reach out to these providers for further communication.

WINDA ID

A WINDA ID is a type of ID an individual receives when signing up in WINDA. Do note that the ID is specifically for an individual and cannot be made in any other way other than letting that specific person sign up for one and receive it. In other words, employers or trainers cannot give the IDs personally.

WINDA IDs contain a record of all GWO training courses a specific individual has taken. As previously mentioned, employers and training providers cannot directly register and give the IDs to the individual. However, they can use it to check what training an individual has and update the profile when new or more training has been done.

This is important for GWO training, as the WINDA ID will help determine if a specific individual is qualified to undertake a task that puts the person in physical contact with wind turbines.

For your company to stay within regulations and ensure that your employees work in relative safety around turbines, GWO requires that you provide the right training. It is also vital that you select the right training services to ensure that your employees get the proper training.

If you need GWO training courses in Edinburgh, get in touch with NRS Training Services now. We provide training on all GWO’s modules and offer specific courses, such as enhanced first aid, to ensure that your employees are well-trained to work as safely as possible.

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