On October 1, 2021 GWO’s Requirements for Training Providers and Certification Bodies will be updated to version 11 and 9 respectively. Both documents are revised to include changes resulting from the recent update of WINDA.
While the WINDA 3.2 update principally introduces new ways of working, rather than adding additional requirements, the move to easier self-service WINDA 3.2 interactions in the Certification Body, Auditor, Training Provider system is important.
In the period up to 6th September 2023 all parties must transition to the new arrangements. Help is on hand through online, ‘how to’ videos, supplemented by GWO’s WINDA helpdesk.
For many auditors and certification bodies the most exciting change is the requirement to create user profiles in WINDA for the first time.
Certification bodies take the lead in the registration process and, in turn, onboard their associated auditors and training providers.
Existing training providers will be invited to connect on WINDA by their associate certification body or auditor. All existing certifications, audits and timelines remain unchanged so alignment is expected to follow audit cycles. For new training providers WINDA registration is now only through an auditor/ certification body.
Jose Jimenez, Head of Risk & Governance at Global Wind Organisation, said: “By bringing the certification ecosystem together in WINDA, tasks and records can be tracked, monitored and verified entirely within the system. Together with new audit auto-prompts and status updating we now have a more user-friendly system fronting GWO’s two requirements documents.”
GWO will continue to improve and develop the requirements for training providers and certification bodies together with the working groups. The next update is expected in April 2022.
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.