Basic Safety Training

Do you want to work in the wind energy sector? Then you need the GWO BST – Basic Safety Training course. This course teaches you the basics of safety when working with wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. You will learn about first aid, working at height, fire prevention, sea survival, and manual handling of loads.

The GWO BST – Basic Safety Training course teaches you the basic aspects of safety in the wind energy sector. The course has different modules depending on the type of work you will be doing.

If you are going to work in onshore wind farms, the BST Onshore course has four modules:

  • Working at Heights: learn to work safely and efficiently on a wind turbine.
  • Manual Handling: learn to handle loads without risking injury.
  • Fire Awareness: learn to prevent and extinguish fires in a wind turbine.
  • First Aid: learn to provide first aid in case of emergency.

If you are going to work in offshore wind farms, the BST Offshore course has an additional module:

  • Sea Survival: learn to face the specific risks of offshore work and survive at sea.

To take the course, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be in good physical and mental condition

The course lasts for 34 hours (five days) and is conducted in GWO accredited training centers. Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate that is valid for two years and enables you to work at any wind installation that follows the GWO standards.

   Onshore Modules

Working at heights

Working at Heights

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The Working at Height course is part of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) course and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to use personal protective equipment, perform safe work at heights, and respond to emergencies in the wind turbine environment. The course lasts for 13.5 hours (two days) and gives you an official certification valid for 24 months.

The Working at Heights module prepares you to:

  • Understand the hazards and risks of working at heights in a wind turbine.
  • Understand the national legislation related to working at heights.
  • Identify the appropriate personal protective equipment and its marking according to European and/or global standards.
  • Inspect, repair, store, and adjust personal protective equipment.
  • Use personal protective equipment correctly, including anchor points and behavior on the ladder.
  • Use evacuation devices properly.
  • Rescue people in wind turbines and use rescue equipment efficiently and safely.
Manual Handling

Manual Handling

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The Manual Handling course is part of the GWO BST – Basic Safety Training course and provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to prevent musculoskeletal injuries when handling heavy loads, either manually or with the help of equipment. The course lasts for 3.5 hours (half a day) and provides you with an official certification valid for 24 months.

The Manual Handling module prepares you to:

  • Understand the importance of performing work tasks safely and soundly according to the law.
  • Identify aspects of work tasks that can increase the risk of muscular or skeletal injuries.
  • Understand safe manual handling practices, including correct use of equipment.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of injuries caused by incorrect manual handling and know how to report them.
  • Apply a problem-solving approach to manual handling in a wind turbine.
  • Know the techniques for reducing manual handling risks.
Fire Awareness

Fire Awareness

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The Fire Awareness course is part of the GWO BST – Basic Safety Training course, and it provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and understand the main causes that can generate a fire in the environment of wind turbines. You will also learn how to act safely with the available means in an incipient phase in case of a fire. The course lasts for 3.5 hours (half a day), and its certification is valid for 24 months.

The Fire Awareness module prepares you to:

  • Understand the development and spread of fire.
  • Understand the causes and dangers of fires in wind turbines.
  • Identify signs of fire in a wind turbine.
  • Know the contingency plans in a wind turbine, such as smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • Act correctly upon discovering a fire, using the appropriate fire extinguishing equipment.
First Aid

First Aid

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The First Aid course is part of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out basic First Aid interventions in the environment of wind turbines. The course developed by GWO is based on the best standards and complies with the requirements of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The course lasts 7 hours (1 day) and its certification is valid for 24 months.

The First Aid module prepares you to:

  • Understand the importance of providing first aid safely according to the law and the International Resuscitation Council.
  • Identify and explain the normal function, signs, and symptoms of injuries and illnesses of the human body.
  • Understand the correct order of action in case of an emergency in a wind turbine.
  • Apply life-saving first aid using the C-A-B-C primary survey, including the use of an automated external defibrillator.
  • Use first aid equipment correctly in a first aid scenario.

   Offshore Modules

Sea survival

Sea Survival

SS

The Sea Survival course is part of the GWO BST – Basic Safety Training and provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to act safely and take the correct preventive actions in all aspects of offshore operations, both during normal operation and in emergency situations. The course has a duration of 6.5 hours (1 day) and its certification is valid for 24 months.

The Sea Survival module prepares you to:

  • Recognize the risks and symptoms of hypothermia and drowning.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of typical life-saving, personal protective and fall protection equipment used in the offshore wind industry and use them correctly and safely.
  • Conduct safe transfers from vessel to quay, vessel to foundation, and vessel to vessel.
  • Understand emergency and safety procedures in installations, vessels, and wind turbines.
  • Know how to use global maritime safety and distress systems and search and rescue techniques.
  • Understand recovery and first aid techniques for a man overboard.
  • Apply the evacuation of a wind turbine to the water by means of the constant speed descent device.
  • Know individual and collective survival techniques to improve chances of survival in an emergency at sea.

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