Data-driven decision making will increasingly drive training standardisation in wind. Jose Jimenez, Governance and Risk Manager at Global Wind Organisation explains the role GWO’s Risk Register will have in moving the industry forward.
In 2019, GWO embarked on an ambitious path to ensure all training standard development is conducted in a fully transparent process, supported by evidence.
On November 27 at the WindEurope Offshore exhibition, I will present the results of stage one in this journey; a qualitative research programme, identifying the top 25 risks and hazards facing wind turbine technicians across the world.
Led by the GWO Audit & Compliance Committee, with the support and guidance of Committee Chair Lisa Mallon and Vice Chair Jesper Bagge Hansen, we can now demonstrate how the top 25 list can support the industry in observing and monitoring risks in a dynamic way. Ultimately, the goal will be for training standards to be developed and reviewed in a way that reflects those hazards and risks.
The news so far is promising. Of the top ten risks identified; eight already have a corresponding GWO training standard as a mitigating tool, while the remaining two are set to be covered by our planned Control of Hazardous Energy Standard (coming Oct 1 2020).
The methodology behind the Top 25 list is from a qualitative process, collecting insight from GWO members. These 20+ respondents represent the pinnacle of industry environment, health and safety knowledge, coming as they do from the world’s largest manufacturers and owners of wind turbines. Their input has allowed us to rank the top risks and hazards in a universal way.
One of the industry’s greatest challenges is to normalise the way it reports safety information from company to company, country to country or even site to site. However, the process of creating the GWO Risk Register and agreeing common terminology for risks and hazards sets us on a good path towards creating a truly universal system of data-driven decision making.
October 4th will be a special day as our community of safety and training in wind energy gathers in person for an all-new event in Copenhagen.
Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, the GWO Audit & Compliance committee has issued advisory notes communicating agreed advice, guidance and exemptions from our regular governance (requirements and standards).
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have signed a two-year partnership agreement to highlight the importance of safety, training and job creation to power wind energy development and the global energy transition. The wind energy industry is a major opportunity for countries to create high-skilled, local jobs to boost economic growth and reach their Paris Agreement goals.
The taxonomy establishes a transparent and coherent framework to describe safety training characteristics, allowing for a better understanding of “what good training looks like”.
The modules are reviewed in response to feedback from GWO members and 2020 workplace data from G+ which places manual handling incidents in the top three most reported injury processes.