The Enhanced First Aid (EFA) and Advanced Rescue Training (ART) standards have been created by broad-based working groups comprising GWO member companies and training providers.
Global Wind Organisation has launched two new training standards today, designed to elevate the life saving and rescue skills of technicians working on wind turbines.
They deliver in turn the appropriate training and skills that will help technicians stablise a casualty in the event of a potentially life threatening illness or trauma, and elevate rescuer self-reliance so that casualties can be successfully transported to a point where emergency responders can provide care.
Bente Boa, Head of Learning and Development at Ørsted, is leader of the Enhanced First Aid Working Group. She explained: "GWO Enhanced First Aid is a standard that will align and improve the overall lifesaving skills of our workforce. Windpower technicians often work in remote areas where there is no immediate access to medical assistance. Giving them the skills to stabilize a casualty and take a leadership role in first aid will help save lives.”
Mats van Amen, HSE Specialist for Netherlands, Belgium and Germany at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind contributed to the ART Working Group. He explained: "Professional responders won't always have the resources available to climb a turbine and perform a rescue. The GWO ART standard gives employers an option to train technicians when this risk requires it."
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.
Among the provisions for version 11 are: a definition of non-conformity, further provision related to GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training, clarification on the qualification process for GWO auditors, criteria for defining multi-site training providers as well as specific requirements for their certification such as the production of an internal audit plan.