HSE and O&M representatives from Ørsted and GW Renewable Energy presented at the workshop and explained how they believe GWO standards can be integrated into the training mix of technicians working in US Offshore wind.
GWO's workshop at the AWEA Offshore conference in Washington DC revealed support from key members including Ørsted and GE.
HSE and O&M representatives from both companies presented at the workshop and explained how they believe GWO standards can be integrated into the training mix of technicians working in US Offshore wind.
David Yang, Lead HSE Advisor, Project Development at Ørsted North America, explained that GWO provided assurance in minimum contractor safety training and can reduce the administrative burden of verifying skiills via the WINDA database.
Michael J Hanson, O&M Site Manager for the Block Island Windfarm - currently the only operating offshore site in the United States - told guests that "GWO is part of the safety training foundation for "all who work for GE Offshore Wind and that in the US, the company is using the same approach as its European sites for safety."
Megan Amsler, Executive Director at Reliance Corporation - a non profit supporting training and supply chain development - presented her work on behalf of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which expects to launch a GWO certified training facility in 2019.
"GWO is the wheel," said Megan. "It is an established framework of training that delivers safety for the workforce. We must not reinvent something that works this well already."
The GWO 2019 work plan includes several new and enhanced training standards. All are the result of close collaboration between 16 globally leading wind energy companies who are the industry's largest employers.
Analysis shows up to an 80% commonality between GWO members' existing blade repair training programmes in terms of basic safety and skills.
Global Wind Organisation is looking for a new team member to join our Secretariat in Copenhagen as Training Project Manager. If you are ready to take the next step and contribute your experience of project management in training development, apply before 14th December 2018.
From April 2019, certification bodies must document one of three ways their auditors are qualified to certify a GWO training site or course.
GWO training providers opened 21 new locations between July and September 2018.