GWO Standards

Basic Safety Training Standard

Version 16
September 30, 2022

GWO BST training shall enable participants to support and care for themselves and others working in the industry by possessing the knowledge and skills of first aid, working at heights, manual handling, fire awareness, sea survival and in case of an emergency, to be able to evacuate, rescue and provide appropriate first aid to casualties. The GWO Basic Safety Training is divided into the following six modules:

First Aid

The aim of the First Aid BST Module is to enable participants to recognise signs and symptoms of life threating situations and administer safe and effective first aid in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment in order to save lives and prevent further injury, until the casualty can be handed over to the next level of care.

Overall learning objectives

After successfully having completed this BST First Aid Module, the participants can:

  • Act independently in recognising, assessing, and prioritising the need for basic first aid and providing lifesaving first aid until the casualty can be handed over to the next level of care in case of an incident in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment (Ability, intermediate level)
  • Take responsibility for recognising their limitations as a basic first aider, calling for help and enable evacuation off the casualty in case of an incident in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment (Ability, intermediate level)

Manual Handling

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

The BST Manual Handling Module may be delivered at the same time as the BSTR Manual Handling Module.

The instructor should be aware that this module allows first time participants and refresher participants in the same classroom. Training should therefore incorporate the sharing of knowledge of the more experienced participants

After successfully having completed the BST Manual Handling Module, participants can:

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

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:

  • The participants can act independently in identifying fire hazards and preventing fires in a wind turbine environment (Ability, intermediate level)
  • The participants can take responsibility for assessing a fire and, if needed, be able to select the right extinguishing media according to the fire classes (Ability, intermediate level)
  • The participants can take responsibility for the evacuation of personnel and ensure all are safely accounted for in the event of an unmanageable fire (Ability, intermediate level)
  • The participants can act independently in efficiently extinguishing an initial fire by using basic handheld firefighting equipment, if the incident is judged to be safe (Ability, intermediate level)

Working at Heights

The aim of this module is to enable the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment, work safety at height and perform comprehensive basic rescue from height in a remote wind turbine environment.

After having successfully completed this BST Working at Heights Module, the participants have the ability to act safely and responsibly when using basic personal protective equipment, working at heights and performing comprehensive basic rescue from heights in a remote wind turbine environment (Ability, intermediate level).

Note: This course is not designed to test the participants’ capability and aptitude for working at height, i.e. It is not a test for fear of heights.

Working at Heights & Manual Handling combined

The aim of this module is to enable the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment, work safely at heights and perform comprehensive basic rescue from heights in a wind turbine environment. Furthermore, this module also aims to encourage positive manual handling and ergonomic behaviour and enable participants to perform manual handling tasks in a safe manner.

Overall learning objective for the module:

  • After having successfully completed this BST Working at Heights and Manual Handling Module, the participants have the ability to act safely and responsibly and apply good manual handling techniques when working at heights and performing comprehensive basic rescue from heights. (Ability, intermediate level)

Note: This course is not intended to test the participants’ capability and aptitude for working at height, i.e. it is not a test for fear of heights.

Note: Module 5, Working at Heights & Manual Handling Combined is a combined module comprising the lessons and elements from both the Working at Height Module and the Manual Handling Module and is intended to be delivered in two days. The combined Working at Height & Manual Handling Module can be delivered instead of the two stand alone modules, where the combined course is delivered, then the participants shall receive two training records: one for working at height and one for manual handling.

Sea Survival

The aims of this BST Sea Survival course are, by theoretical and practical training, to give the participants the ability to act safely and responsibly and to take the correct preventive actions in all aspects of offshore operations from shore to installation vessel (or WTG) and vice versa. This is both during normal operations and in an offshore wind energy environment emergency.

Overall learning objective:

  • After successfully having completed this BST Sea Survival Module, the participants have the ability to act safely and responsibly in an offshore work environment and to 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 from G+ specifically: 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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Upon completion of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety Training (BST), participants will possess an awareness of the hazards encountered when working within the wind industry and how to control and mitigate these hazards.

The BST will also equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to appropriately respond in the event of an emergency and to increase their safety through proper use of personal protective equipment, emergency equipment and procedures.

The approved GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) provides participants with important skills, which include fire awareness, first aid, working at heights, and manual handling. To enable participants to work in the offshore environment, an additional GWO Sea Survival Module training shall be completed.

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The earlier version of BST First Aid (V14) will be valid to 1 April 2023. Download this module only here

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