World's largest turbine manufacturer re-commits to global standard. Calls on schools to become certified and meet global demand for 500,000 workers by 2025
Vestas has signaled its intention to adopt Global Wind Organisation (GWO) safety training standards for its 10,000 directly employed technicians as well as subcontractors working on wind turbines.
The company, which is a founder member of Global Wind Organisation, already ensures most of its own employees receive the industry standard training.
Today, it signed a new declaration at a group-wide meeting of health and safety leaders, which commits Vestas to use and incorporate GWO core safety training modules* into its internal safety training policies for all directly employed and subcontracted personnel who work on wind turbines**.
Paul Robbins, Head of Global HSE at Vestas, signed the commitment declaration on behalf of the company. He said: “There are currently 18 member companies of Global Wind Organisation and as signatories of the Association’s statutes each of us makes a pledge to use and recognise GWO safety training standards where appropriate. Vestas has chosen to go a step further and operationalize this commitment as a global health and safety team representing all regions of the group who agree that as training created by and for the wind industry, GWO should always be the standard we seek out.
Paul added that that by clarifying Vestas’ position, the availability of standardised, quality assured GWO training will accelerate.
“Every month, 1850 newly trained technicians join the workforce by completing a GWO training course somewhere in the world and there are 120,000 people with a valid GWO certificate today. However, by 2025, this number needs to approach 500,000 people if our industry is to meet its current pipeline of 492GW forecast installations on and offshore. To do that, we must ramp up the availability of GWO standard safety training, particularly in rapidly expanding wind power markets. I encourage any school, college, university, or company already delivering professional or industry training within reach of a potential wind installation to contact Global Wind Organisation now and get certified. This is a golden opportunity to train the next generation of wind turbine technicians so they can help reach our climate goals and return home safely each day.”
Jakob Lau Holst, Chief Executive Officer at GWO, adds: "I am very happy to have co signed this declaration with Vestas. All our members are committed to using and recognising GWO standards wherever they can and with a statement like today's I know the message will be heard loud and clear. This is the standard the industry wants its workers to be trained in. Please help us to reach out climate goals, safely."
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Eddy Boe Nielsen, Head of Quality Management Global Quality Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE); Ike Anyanwu-Ebo, Global SME and Quality Chief Specialist / Global Head of Training and Competency Development; Miltos Spiridakis, Head of HSE Mediterranean; Tomasz Pokrywka Group Senior Vice President, QHSE; Moritz Zimmermann, Senior Specialist Global Transport Project Optimization; Marvin Talbert, Senior Director and Head of Region HSE Americas; Lars Odby, VPS HSE Functional Lead; Klaus Rønde, Head of Global Service HSE; Jesper Lykke Carstensen, Head of Global Construction HSE; Bo Kokholm Pedersen, Head of Global Manufacturing HSE; Thomas Konert, Head of Supplier QSE
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Aoki Miyasaki Torres, Head of Region HSE LATAM; Jakob Lau Holst, CEO Global Wind Organisation; Paul Robbins, Head of Global HSE; Lilian Harbak, Head of Global SME Environmental Performance
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*GWO Core Safety Modules = First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Working at Heights
** The full wording of the commitment statement is as follows:
Vestas will use and incorporate GWO Core Safety training modules in its internal safety training policies for all directly employed personnel who work on wind turbines (with some acceptable deviations). Vestas will have GWO Core Safety modules as a contractual requirement to subcontractors for all personnel who work on wind turbines on behalf of the members (with some acceptable deviations).
"Acceptable deviations" include situations where:
• Acceptable GWO Core Safety modules are not available in a country and other training has been applied instead
• Other training has been deemed more appropriate based on e.g., for legal reasons or limited access
• The Duty holder has internal exemptions based on job role e.g., one or more person(s) who are not trained with GWO safety modules enters a wind turbine under the duty of care of a member or visitors are escorted under care of trained personnel
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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.