GWO Standards

Basic Safety Training Standard

Version 11
October 1, 2018

The Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training Standard consists of five modules.

First Aid

The objectives of the First Aid Module are to ensure that:
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of carrying out first aid in a safe manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to ERC and AHA guidelines.  
  • The delegates are able to identify and explain normal function, normal signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding and correct order of management in an emergency in a WTG environment.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey A–B–C
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)  
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of Ordinary First Aid, the Secondary survey  
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of First Aid equipment in a First Aid scenario

Manual Handling

The objectives of the BST Manual Handling Module are to ensure that:
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location.
  • The delegates are able to identify aspects of their job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular/skeletal injuries.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding of safe practices of Manual Handling, including the correct handling of equipment.   
  • The delegates are able to identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor Manual Handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate a problem solving approach to Manual Handling in a wind turbine environment.   
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate Manual Handling risk reduction techniques.

Fire Awareness

The objectives of the BST Fire Awareness Module are to ensure that:
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of the development and spread of fire.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this.
  • The delegates are able to identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the firefighting equipment in a WTG.

Working at Heights

The objectives of the BST Working at Heights Module are to ensure that:  
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a WTG 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights. 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc. 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.  
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct. 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate correct use of evacuation devices. 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate how to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently.

Sea Survival

The objectives of the BST Sea Survival Module are to ensure that: 
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of dangers and symptoms related to hypothermia and drowning.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate understanding of the advantages and limitations of the different LSA, PPE and PFPE commonly used offshore in the wind energy industry and are able to don and use them accordingly.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate safe transfer from vessel to dock, vessel to foundation and vessel to vessel.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of the emergency and safety procedures on installations, vessels and WTG.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate knowledge of SAR and GMDSS.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate recovery and First Aid treatment of a “man over board”.
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate evacuation from “WTG” to water by means of “Constant Rate Descender”
  • The delegates are able to demonstrate individual and collective survival techniques at sea
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