Why and how the BSTR-P can help you during the COVID-19 pandemic
In April, GWO released a new standard specifically to address the looming problem of skills fade that the COVID-19 had caused for wind power workers.
Given that many countries have been locked down since the middle of March, and social distancing regulations were implemented in many regions, thousands of wind technicians were unable to travel to the training centres where they normally participate in GWO courses and refresh their vital safety skills.
Our members quickly identified the potential risk of skills fade in the workforce, as up to 1000 people per week were approaching the date they would need to refresh but with no means of doing so.
GWO launched the new Basic Safety Training Online Partial Refresher as an INTERIM solution. Here we round up five of the key benefits of the new standard for technicians and their employers:
BSTR-P can be implemented by certified training providers (with a valid extension to their existing third-party certification) in its current form until 31 December 2020. It will be reviewed by GWO Committees and working groups from 1 October 2020.
Training centres prepared for backlog but expect 59% of typical course volumes in May, rising to 91% by July - Careful preparation and adaptations in place as lock-down re-opening begins - Digital options limit participants’ and instructors’ exposure to virus
The 60 day flexibility period following expiry of a training certificate is now in force until 31st December 2020
EWA quickly adapted its operations and training to mitigate infection risk from Covid-19 early in the process
In the first edition of GWO's Training in the Pandemic Expert Series Webinars, guest panelists provided a guided tour of their facility and steps taken to minimise contamination between employees and participants.
Our latest update includes guidance on the BSTR-P training standard, auditing of said standard and requirements for digital learning