GWO members strive for an injury free work environment in the wind turbine industry, through cooperation among the members, who set common standards for safety training and emergency procedures.
The GWO Training Committee supports this aim by:
In Q1 2022, the Training Committee has prioritised its work towards the following initiatives:
The CoHE and Lift training standards’ official launch has been set for the end of Q1, 2022 to accommodate rigorous pilot testing programmes of the two standards at GWO certified training centres in Europe, the United States and China.
The aim of the GWO rigorous pilot testing programmes is to evaluate whether the CoHE and Lift training standards are feasible, i.e., are the pilot trainings able to achieve the overall aims and learning objectives of the training standards? This aim and many others related to CoHE and Lift testing programmes will be a key focus for GWO until the end of Q1, 2022.
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The GWO Training Committee has requested a review of the GWO BST First Aid standard to be initiated in Q4, 2021. The two primary targets that this review is meant to address is a review of relevant learning objectives and the course duration in comparison with similar standards for first aid training.
Additionally, a continuous challenge in the wind industry has been to implement the GWO First Aid training standard in several regions due to higher cost and inability to utilize the locally acknowledged first aid courses. Solutions for this problem and other topics will be explored and be key parts of the review of the GWO First Aid training standard.
The GWO Taxonomy Framework provides guidance and insights for training providers, instructors, and auditors when planning, conducting and auditing GWO trainings. The taxonomy roll-out on all GWO training standards aligns and creates clarity of learning objectives, learning activities and evaluation of learning outcomes in all GWO training standards.
The GWO Training Committee has requested a review project focused on the GWO BST Manual Handling to be completed before the end of Q1, 2022. The primary aim of this review project is to reduce the number of injuries and loss time incidents related to manual handling in the wind industry by improving the quality of the GWO Manual Handling Module. This improvement in quality will be ensured through a focus on what the worker in the wind industry needs to be able to do and updating the GWO BST Manual handling module according to the latest findings and tools related to the manual handling area in the wind industry*
The GWO Training Committee has initiated a new project in Q1, 2022 with the current working title being Entry-level technician skills framework. This project is still in its early phases but is intended to develop a standardized entry-level technician framework that will establish a transparent and valid set of skills for identified entry-level technician roles in the wind industry. This framework will thereby enable the industry to recognize already acquired knowledge and skills, allow people working within other industries to assess their knowledge and skills gaps and upskill as required to move into the wind industry and provide an established path in terms of education for new starters who wants to begin their career the wind industry.
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