New Updates on the GWO Sea Survival Course
The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) released an update on a lot of their core courses, including their Basic Safety Training Standard’s Sea Survival course module on the 1st of April this year. There are significant changes in some lessons covered in the five course modules. Additional equipment for training providers is also now in place.
What exactly are these changes?
Releasing and Inflating the Life Raft
Before the update, releasing and inflating the life raft was trained through a practical lesson of throwing the self-inflating raft into the water. However, since the practical lesson didn’t fully achieve the objective, the lesson has been tweaked.
Now, the procedure is explained in class with a video. By doing so, instructors and students may be able to pause and repeat the video as necessary, providing a greater depth of understanding to the participants.
Identification of Drowning Casualties
The new standard requires that participants know how to spot a drowning casualty. This is of course helpful if multiple people are overboard and rescue of personnel must be prioritised – identifying those in the most difficulty prevents the loss of life.
There is a renewed emphasis on the hazards associated with working at sea; the course now covers the negative consequences of seasickness, highlighting its potential danger. Participants must now gain knowledge of the risks of contaminated water, increasing their understanding of the risks associated with exposure to contaminants and the effects upon their health.
Sling Donning, Swimming and Self-Help in Water
Another change made is on the exercise of donning the rescue strop while participants are in the water during a helicopter rescue simulation. Participants must also demonstrate swimming and without a life jacket, as well as donning a rigid lifejacket while already in the water. Exposure to these scenarios will mitigate the risk of panic in case there is no rescue swimmer around.
Changing Equipment for Training Providers
The required equipment for Training Providers has been updated with an additional three items:
- Ladder: To simulate a WTG boat landing suitable for practising safe transfer between ladder and boat.
- Boat: To practice safe transfer to and from WTG ladder and boat landing.
- Emergency descent device
The Reason for the Updates
The GWO continues to strive to achieve the highest quality for its training standards. With that, they ensure they review their portfolio regularly to maintain the effectiveness as risk mitigation. By doing so, the GWO assures that the needs of employers and training teams are covered.
In addition to that, the wind energy industry continuously evolves, which calls for updates and improvements. With that, the new changes translate to new scenarios for the risks and safety of window employees. For that reason, GWO needs to review its standards on a regular basis.
When there’s a change or need to improve or update the training standards, a working group will be created. This will be led by a Training Project Manager for proper analysis of the standard and to adjust it accordingly to the working conditions in the wind industry.
Conclusion of updates on GWO Sea Survival Course
In this post, we have listed some of the recent changes and updates GWO has made, such as sling donning during a helicopter rescue, releasing and inflating the life raft and change of equipment. It’s crucial to comply with these training standards to help mitigate risks and ensure smoother operations. With the new training standards, it’s a good idea to have a good training service company to help you train your staff based on new GWO changes and updates. By doing so, you can guarantee your staff will get the best and most accurate training.
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