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Global Wind Organization (GWO): Basic Safety Training Standard

TSL's Basic Safety Training (BST) includes: Working at Heights, First Aid, Manual Handling, and Fire Awareness.

Working at Heights

Working at Heights training prepares students to safely perform work at heights, to properly use personal protective equipment, and prepares them with the basic skill set to fully implement a rescue from heights in a remote wind turbine environment.

Working at Heights Training | Student understanding includes the demonstrated ability to:

  • Correctly deploy evacuation devices
  • Correctly inspect equipment pre-use, properly service and store equipment, and to properly fit PPE
  • Understand the dangers and risks associated with working at heights in the WTG environment.
  • Understand the current national legislation for the WTG environment
  • Properly assess rescue situations and efficiently deploy proper rescue equipment in the WTG environment
  • Correctly use relevant PPE, identify anchor points, and proper ladder use protocol
  • Correctly identify PPE including those with standard European/Global insignia
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First Aid

In accordance with GWO First Aid training through analytical and practical training, Basic Safety Training participants will learn how to safely administer effective First Aid while in the wind turbine generator (WTG) or industry environment. Skills acquired will include the ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Participants will be able to demonstrate understanding, clarity, and competence as related to delivering First Aid effectively and in accordance with: the legislative requirements for their specific geographic location, the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) hereunder the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

First Aid | Student understanding includes the demonstrated ability to:

  • Correctly use the Secondary Survey
  • Correctly use first aid equipment when administering first aid
  • Identify and explain normal bodily function, normal indications and presentation, and symptoms of both serious and minor bodily illness and injury
  • Understand and properly execute the correct sequence and progression of emergency management stages in a WTG environment
  • Properly use and implement lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey "C" A-B-C and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Manual handling

Manual Handling comprises proper ergonomic techniques that can be used in a variety of scenarios in the wind turbine industry and environment. With a focus on safe implementation, these techniques are the foundation from which students can innovate solutions as well as draw from for planning.

Manual Handling | Student understanding includes the demonstrated ability to:

  • Understand safe and correct practice of Manual Handling and equipment
  • Identify indications of injuries related to improper Manual Handling technique
  • Perform risk reduction techniques
  • Identify any aspect of a job task that might increase the risk of injury
  • Carry out tasks safely and in line with the legislative requirements relevant to the geographic location
  • Problem solve

Fire Awareness

Analytical and practical Fire Awareness training gives students the basic knowledge and skill set to: make proper assessments when evaluating fires, prevent fires, properly conduct an evacuation and ensure all are accounted for in the event of a fire that is uncontrollable. If conditions are deemed safe, one should be able to effectively extinguish a fire using commonly found, handheld fire fighting equipment.

Fire Awareness Training | Student understanding includes the demonstrated ability to:

  • Identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment
  • Implement contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures
  • Take correct action upon discovering a fire
  • Understand the causes of fires in wind turbines and the associated dangers
  • Understand the development and spread of fire
Person extinguishing fire