We explain to you the GWO recommendations for training centers, students and teachers on the continuity of GWO security training temporarily adapted to the health emergency circumstances caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 virus, better known as “coronavirus”.

The GWO strongly recommends that training providers follow the World Health Organization’s guidelines for prevention in centers, work settings and institutions, as well as the recommendations of national health authorities.

The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the disease called COVID-19 has been considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). If its expansion is not slowed, infection rates will grow exponentially, resulting in the collapse of health centers around the world. This will lead to high mortality rates, not only due to severe cases of COVID-19, but also to those of other diseases whose treatment will also be affected by the overload of health personnel and the lack of beds in hospitals. For this reason, the COVID-19 pandemic requires extraordinary containment measures in order to delay its expansion and keep the outbreak at acceptable levels, within the response capacity of health systems.

These measures disrupt daily life and business everywhere. We also have to recognize that wind farms are critical infrastructures that have to be maintained during the crisis.

Switching to teleworking and virtual meetings is not an option for wind technicians, neither during a normal working day nor during a GWO training. During training, practical exercises are essential to acquire safety skills at the level of learning required. During audits, witnessing instructors giving training is key to quality assurance and requires the physical presence of the auditor.

Employers, auditors, training centers, teachers, and course participants, therefore, may face a dilemma: Do we re-certify / re-audit GWO training to mitigate workplace risks? Or is it more responsible to postpone and mitigate the risks related to the coronavirus? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, so the answer must be based on a local assessment.

Taking this into account, GWO offers the following recommendations:

  • GWO strongly recommends training centers to follow WHO guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus in schools, workplaces and institutions, as well as to follow the recommendations of national health authorities.
  • In addition, during GWO training, reasonable precautions must be taken to avoid expansion of the coronavirus. They must update their emergency procedures, safety and hygiene measures.

IN ALL MODULES:

Update your safety instructions and emergency procedures: each GWO standard contains in Lesson 1 a 1-15 minute topic on “Safety instructions and emergency measures.” We strongly recommend that all training providers adapt their initial lessons to include references to adequate hygiene, social distancing and other measures that are introduced in accordance with the aforementioned recommendations.
Implement measures according to the aforementioned recommendations to reduce the forms of expansion of the coronavirus, including the planning of exercises that facilitate social distancing, and that prevent possible contagion due to the common use of materials and equipment. They must introduce disinfection protocols between uses.
During hands-on exercises in any GWO module where first aid procedures are demonstrated, we recommend that a mannequin is used and not a person.
If any participant shows symptoms of being infected or has been in contact with an infected person, they should refrain from attending the training.

  1. Update your safety instructions and emergency procedures: each GWO standard contains in Lesson 1 a 1-15 minute topic on “Safety instructions and emergency measures.” We strongly recommend that all training providers adapt their initial lessons to include references to adequate hygiene, social distancing and other measures that are introduced in accordance with the aforementioned recommendations.
  2. Implement measures according to the aforementioned recommendations to reduce the forms of expansion of the coronavirus, including the planning of exercises that facilitate social distancing, and that prevent possible contagion due to the common use of materials and equipment. They must introduce disinfection protocols between uses.
  3. During hands-on exercises in any GWO module where first aid procedures are demonstrated, we recommend that a mannequin is used and not a person.
  4. If any participant shows symptoms of being infected or has been in contact with an infected person, they should refrain from attending the training.

IN SPECIFIC MODULES:

During First Aid / First Aid and Enhanced First Aid / Reinforced First Aid courses (including upgrade modules): When CPR is performed on a manikin, training personnel must demonstrate CPR. However, participants should NOT be required to practice giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the manikin. Still, participants must practice establishing an airway and verbally confirm delivery and the correct number of rescue breaths (without coming into contact with the manikin’s mouth) and complete the exercise as described.
During the Working at Height Initial and Refresher Course: All hands-on exercises can be performed using a rescue manikin as an injured person (victim), including double evacuation and ladder rescue of a conscious person.
During Advanced Rescue Training / Advanced Rescue Training (initial and update): during exercises where course participants must work in teams, they can be performed as a single rescue / single rescuer. During training, team rescue planning and team communication during rescue should be covered.

  1. During First Aid / First Aid and Enhanced First Aid / Reinforced First Aid courses (including refresher modules): When CPR is performed on a manikin, training personnel must demonstrate CPR. However, participants should NOT be required to practice giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the manikin. Still, participants must practice establishing an airway and verbally confirm delivery and the correct number of rescue breaths (without coming into contact with the manikin’s mouth) and complete the exercise as described.
  2. During the Working at Height Initial and Refresher Course: All hands-on exercises can be performed using a rescue manikin as an injured person (victim), including double evacuation and ladder rescue of a conscious person.
  3. During Advanced Rescue Training / Advanced Rescue Training (initial and refresher course): during exercises where course participants must work in teams, they can be performed as a single rescue / single rescuer.
  4. During training, team rescue planning and team communication during rescue should be covered.

NOTES:

  1. WHO on Novel Coronavirus 2019 https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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