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."
The leadership of a new Executive Committee (ExCo) of Global Wind Organisation has today been formed. The committee oversees all work carried out by the Secretariat.
GWO hosted a successful two day conference and demonstration programme, attended by 100s of guests
Existing versions of training standards will continue to be available for a period of three months. Previous criteria versions will be valid until 1 October 2019.
ILO World Safety Day 2019 is an opportunity to explain how globally recognised safety training standards raise the bar for everyone.
On 2nd April, GWO's training standards and audit & compliance specialists will be available to take questions and help with any problems.