GWO Basic Safety Training

Each module in the Basic Safety Training accreditation covers essential aspects of safety for technicians in the wind energy sector. The modules are designed to equip the technician with a strong safety baseline and are essential to work on turbines operated by GWO members.
GWO basic safety training

Fire Awareness

Technicians will be able to demonstrate knowledge:

  • of the development and spread of fire.
  • of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this.
  • to identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment.
  • of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • of correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the firefighting equipment in a WTG.

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First Aid

Technicians will be able to demonstrate understanding of:

  • the importance of carrying out first aid in a safe manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to ERC and AHA guidelines.
  • to identify and explain normal function, normal signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body.
  • the correct order of management in an emergency in a WTG environment.
  • correct use of lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey A–B–C
  • correct use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • correct use of Ordinary First Aid, the Secondary survey
  • correct use of First Aid equipment in a First Aid scenario

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Manual Handling

Technicians will be able to demonstrate:

  • understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location.
  • to identify aspects of their job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular/skeletal injuries.
  • understanding of safe practices of Manual Handling, including the correct handling of equipment.
  • to identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor Manual Handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods.
  • a problem solving approach to Manual Handling in a wind turbine environment.
  • Manual Handling risk reduction techniques.

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Sea Survival

Technicians will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of dangers and symptoms related to hypothermia and drowning.
  • understanding of the advantages and limitations of the different LSA, PPE and PFPE commonly used offshore in the wind energy industry and are able to don and use them accordingly.
  • safe transfer from vessel to dock, vessel to foundation and vessel to vessel.
  • knowledge of the emergency and safety procedures on installations, vessels and WTG.
  • knowledge of SAR and GMDSS.
  • recovery and First Aid treatment of a “man over board”.
  • evacuation from “WTG” to water by means of “Constant Rate Descender”
  • individual and collective survival techniques at sea

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Working at Height

Technicians will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a WTG
  • understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights.
  • correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc.
  • the knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.
  • correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • correct use of evacuation devices.
  • how to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently.

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