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.
GWO is looking for certified training providers to support its review of standards from October 2020-March 2021
GWO has improved the look and feel of its training standards to make them more readable. Lesson elements remain unchanged and existing versions are still valid.
2020 Half Year Report reveals challenging six months for training providers
Third party certification bodies are an essential element in the GWO governance framework.
Certification bodies are essential in the governance system of GWO Standards. Without them, training providers cannot deliver GWO training and worker safety is potentially at risk.