The Global Wind Organization (GWO)is a non-profit organization founded by wind turbine manufacturers and wind farm owners. The GWO Basic Safety Standard (GWO BST) is designed for people working in the onshore and offshore wind industry. The standard consists of 6 modules:
First Aid (FA)
Manual Handling (MH)
Fire Awareness (FAW).
Working at Heights (WAH)
Working at Heights & Manual Handling combined (WAH & MH).
Sea Survival (SS)
The Sea Survival module includes the “Boat Transfer” component also known as “Ship Transfer.” In it you will learn how to safely transfer from ship to wind turbine platform or vice versa.
Working at heights is an important part of the training. In it you will learn how to safely climb a wind turbine mast and enter a Nacelle (turbine house). In addition to climbing on various ladder systems, you will also learn how to escape from height and rescue colleagues at height. For these parts, a tower built for this purpose is used with a specially equipped platform on top for the descents.
In a wind turbine environment, you often rely on yourself and/or your co-worker for help. During the First Aid and Fire Awareness sections, you will learn how to act in the event of accidents and the occurrence of fire. The specific risks of the turbine environment are included.
In addition to the Basic Safety standard, there is also a Basic Technical Standard (GWO BTT). The BTT consists of 4 modules:
The “Installation” module is not a mandatory part of the GWO BTT, it can only be taken after completion of the Mechanical module.
GWO has a registration system called Winda. You must apply for a Winda ID yourself. Once you are registered, all your completed trainings will appear in this registration system. GWO Basic Safety modules are valid for 2 years. After the initial training, you can take repeat training. The refresher training certificate is valid for another 2 years.