GWO strongly advise training providers to follow World Health Organisation guidelines for prevention in schools, workplaces and institutions, as well as to follow recommendations from national health authorities
Novel Corona Virus 2019 (causing COVID-19) is considered a Pandemic by World Health Organization. If left un-mitigated infection rates will see exponential growth, and the accumulated effects of this growth threaten to overwhelm health systems everywhere, with greatly increased mortality rates for severe cases of COVID19 as well as for a range of other diseases whose treatment will also be impacted. A pandemic of novel corona virus therefore requires extraordinary mitigating measures to delay the spread and maintain the outbreak at acceptable levels, within the capacity of health systems to respond.
Recognizing these measures imposed by governments and companies disrupts normal life and business everywhere we must also acknowledge wind power plants are critical infrastructure and must be maintained throughout the crisis.
Shifting to home working and virtual meetings is not an option for wind technicians, neither during normal workday nor while attending GWO training. During training, practical exercises are central to acquiring safety skills at the required level of learning. During audits, witnessing instructors delivering training is central to quality assurance and requires physical presence of the auditor.
Employers, auditors, training providers and course participants therefore may face a dilemma: Do we refresh/re-audit GWO safety training now to mitigate work related risks? Is it more responsible to postpone and mitigate virus related risks? Not one answer fits all and must be based on a local assessment.
In the face of the above, GWO now offers the following guidance to its stakeholders:
GWO strongly advise training providers to follow World Health Organisation guidelines for prevention in schools, workplaces and institutions, as well as to follow recommendations from national health authorities.
Further, during the delivery of GWO training, take reasonable precautions to deliver the learning objectives while observing precautionary measures to avoid spread. As a minimum, the following measures are recommended:
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The team has shifted to home working for the period 12th March-27th March (or until further notice)
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