GWO Standards

Basic Safety Training Online Partial Refresher (BSTR-P)

Version 2
April 1, 2022

The aim of BSTR-P is to reduce the risk of injury in the wind industry by reviewing, refreshing and building on previously gained knowledge and skills from GWO BST initial or refresher training. The aims and objectives are achieved in a virtual online classroom through a combination of group discussions, individual explanations, theoretical and practical training that aim to enable the course participants to support and care for themselves and others working in the wind industry by being able to apply the knowledge skills and ability of first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at heights and sea survival in their daily work and, in the case of an emergency, be able to evacuate, rescue and provide appropriate first aid to casualties. This standard describes the requirements for basic safety training partial refresher courses that are recommended by the members of GWO. This full standard covers parts of the following five modules:

BSTR-P First Aid

The aim of this BSTR-P First Aid Module is to refresh the participants prior experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities to enable participants to recognise signs and symptoms of life threating situations and determine how to administer safe and effective first aid in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment in order to save lives, preventing further injury, until the casualty can be taken care of by professional medical personnel

Overall learning objectives:

After successfully having completed this BSTR-P First Aid Module, the participants can:

  1. Explain how to recognise, assess, and prioritise the need for basic first aid and how to provide lifesaving first aid until the casualty can be handed over to the next echelon of care in case of an incident in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment (Knowledge, intermediate level)
  2. Explain their limitations as a basic first aider, and how to call for help and enable evacuation off the casualty in case of an incident in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment (Knowledge, intermediate level)

BSTR-P Manual Handling

The aim of this module is to reduce therisk of musculoskeletal injuries for wind technicians in the wind industry andenable participants to perform their tasks and activities in the safest possibleway when working in a wind turbine environment.

The training shall be designed to improveand refresh course participants’ abilities through both theoretical andpractical training.

After successfully having completed theBSTR-Partial Manual Handling Module, participants can:

  1. Take responsibility for the use of essential manual handling principles to reduce therisk of musculoskeletal injury when performing physical tasks and activities inthe wind industry (Ability, intermediate level)

BSTR-P Fire Awareness

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to prevent fires, make appropriate judgements when evaluating a fire, manage evacuation of personnel and ensure all are safely accounted for in the event of an unmanageable fire. If the incident is judged to be safe, the participants should be able to efficiently extinguish an initial fire by using basic handheld firefighting equipment.  

Overall learning objectives:

  1. The participants can solve how to identify fire hazards and prevent fires in a wind turbine environment (Ability, basic level)
  2. The participants can act independently in assessing a fire and, if needed, be able to select the right extinguishing media according to the fire classes (Ability, intermediate level)
  3. The participants explain development and spread of fire (Knowledge, intermediate level)
  4. The participants show interest in the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment, including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures (Ability, basic level)

BSTR-P Working at Heights

The aim of this BSTR-P Working at Heights Partial Refresher module is to review and build on previously gained knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical training so that course participants can use basic personal protective equipment and perform safe work at heights and safe and comprehensive basic rescue from heights in the wind industry and in a wind turbine environment.

After having successfully completed this BSTR-P Working at Heights Module, participants can:

  1. Explain the hazards and risks associated with working at heights in a wind turbine (Knowledge, intermediate level)
  2. Explain how to identify PPE, including identification of European / global standard markings on harness, hard hats, lanyards and other PPE (Knowledge, intermediate level)
  3. Act independently in correctly pre-use inspecting, servicing, storing and correctly fitting harnesses, fall arrest lanyards, work positioning lanyards and other PPE (Ability, intermediate level)
  4. Act independently in correct using the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses, fall arrest lanyards, guided type fall arresters and work positioning lanyards. These include correct identification of anchor points (Ability, intermediate level)
  5. Explain correct rigging of evacuation devices. (Knowledge, intermediate level)

BSTR-P Sea Survival

The aim of this BSTR-P Sea survival partial refresher training course is to enable the participants to act safely and take the correct preventive actions in all aspects of offshore operations from shore to installation vessel or WTG and vice versa, both during normal operation and in an emergency in an offshore wind energy environment.

Overall learning objective:

After successfully having completed this BSTR-P Sea Survival Module, the participants can act safely and responsibly in an offshore work environment and take responsibility for their own and fellow employees’ safety in work situations as well as in emergency situations. (Ability, intermediate level)

Note: In addition to adhering to legal regulations and standards, the training provider must continuously ensure that the training material is updated and in alignment with industry guidelines G+ ‘Working at height in the offshore wind industry’ and ‘Safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry’.

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The COVID-19 viral pandemic has caused widespread disruption globally and has, in many regions, prevented technicians from attending GWO refresher training leading to a safety risk imposed through skills and knowledge fade within the wind industry.

To mitigate against the fading of skills and knowledge amongst technicians GWO have analysed the basic safety refresher modules and released this interim standard as a way for already trained technicians to continue to work safely by enabling the technicians on site to practise the knowledge and skills that they have learned during GWO training and apply this to their daily work tasks.

This analysis has indicated that there are some learning objectives and elements in the domain of knowledge and skills where the knowledge fade can potentially be mitigated through attending online live training sessions.

GWO has assessed that the objectives and elements contained in the partial modules, as described in sections 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 of this document, can be fully delivered during online training sessions using technologies that allow real time video conferencing.

The members of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) recognise trained persons as competent within basic safety in the wind industry and accept the trained person as possessing the required knowledge to stop an unsafe work situation where they as duty-holders are accountable for safety. Training is verified through the GWO database WINDA.

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