A Rundown of the GWO’s Five Modules of Basic Safety Training
The Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a consortium of firms that make and own wind turbines, requires people who plan to work in the wind industry to undergo a week-long course called GWO Basic Safety Training. People who want to renew their certification must under go a refresher Basic Safety Training course as well.
While wind turbines are environmentally-friendly energy sources, this doesn’t mean that there are zero work hazards. Workers can fall, get electrocuted, or burned from accidental fires. Thus, the wind industry takes occupational hazards seriously as outlined in the five modules of the GWO Basic Safety Training:
(1) First Aid Module
Workers may face panic or confusion when unexpected events such as accidents occur. Hence, they need to know how to provide first aid and minimise the danger associated with work on wind turbines. In the GWO’s First Aid Module, trainees will also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) correctly to revive an unconscious person. They will also learn the steps they need to take to treat severe and minor injuries, should they happen to a person. The First Aid Module will also teach trainees about the UK and international work safety legislation and standards.
(2) Manual Handling Module
Wind turbine workers may also experience injury from improper posture while at work. The Manual Handling Module will train them on the proper way to lift loads. The module will also teach them how to identify workplace hazards and how to reduce the risks of these hazards. Protocols in reporting and responding to injuries are also discussed in this module.
(3) Fire Awareness Module
Wind turbines are can be prone to catching fire. Gearboxes can overheat, lightning can strike, and electrical parts can malfunction. With the Fire Awareness Module, trainees are expected to become aware of these possible fire hazards that they may face while at work. They will also be taught how to follow a contingency plan that involves fire detection and personnel evacuation. Aside from that, they will learn how to use essential manual fire extinguishing equipment.
(4) Working at Heights Module
The heights of a turbine’s tower, as well as the cliffs where some wind turbines are found, pose fall hazards to workers. Thus, the Working at Heights Module seeks to make workers aware and alert while working in these places. Trainees will learn how to wear protective personnel equipment (PPE) correctly, how to use rescue equipment, and what standard safety markings mean. The module emphasises practical coursework as trainees are required to demonstrate what they learned.
(5) Sea Survival Module
As more and more of the UK’s wind turbines are expected to be installed in the middle of the sea, trainees also have to learn the hazards that working in offshore wind turbine facilities would entail, as well as how to deal with the effects of these hazards. One hazard is hypothermia, which can happen when a worker accidentally falls off into the frigid seas below. Another hazard is drowning. Therefore, trainees are expected to learn how to avoid these hazards with the use of safety gear under the Sea Survival Module. The module will also teach them how to rescue people in the case that they fall into the sea.
Storms and rough seas may render offshore wind turbine facilities isolated for months. With the Sea Survival Module, trainees learn how to survive collectively and individually in such situations.
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