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."
As part of GWO's ongoing commitment to good governance of its worldwide training network, a trio of Auditor Qualification Training (AQT) courses will take place in the United States, Denmark and China.
The world’s largest turbine manufacturers and owners have collaborated to bring to market their most ambitious training standard yet. The GWO Blade Repair standard is designed to achieve learning objectives in the safety and craftsmanship skills that are essential to this challenging, technical role.
Technicians will develop an understanding and awareness of the associated health and safety issues when working on the installation phase of a project
The GWO Secretariat has grown from two to eight employees in the space of eighteen months
Chairman Eloy Jauregui says "challenge just beginning" as GWO-trained workforce hits 74,000+ people worldwide