What is BST?

 

The Basic Safety Training (BST) course is the GWO standard training on safety and risk awareness aimed at personnel working in the wind sector. BST certifies the acquisition of the basic necessary knowledge and skills to work in WTG environment.

Valid for 2 years

Modular system

Refresher course available

Refresher courses

 

After two years you can maintain the validity of your certificate in GWO Basic Safety Training by doing refresher courses of each module.

BST course modules

 

Basic Safety Training (BST) is a certification that consists of on 5 modules focused on the different areas of basic health and safety training needed to work safely, prevent risks and respond appropriately to emergencies in a WTG environment.

 

The onshore itinerary consists of 4 modules, to which one more module is added in the offshore itinerary.

There are two itineraries: onshore and offshore.

Onshore itinerary (35 hours)

Includes the following four modules:

Module Objectives

The Working at heights module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demostrate:

  • Knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a WTG.
  • Understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights.
  • Correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc.
  • Knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.
  • Correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • Correct use of evacuation devices.
  • How to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently.

Working at heights

Content: delegates will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to adequately use personal protective equipment (PPE). They will also learn how to work at heights according to safety standards and how to perform basic rescue operations in WTG scenarios. 
Hours: 16 hrs (2 days)

Validity: 24 months

Module Objectives

The Working at heights module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demostrate:

  • Knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a WTG.
  • Understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights.
  • Correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc.
  • Knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.
  • Correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • Correct use of evacuation devices.
  • How to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently.

Module Objectives

The First Aid module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the importance of carrying out first aid in a safe manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to ILCOR e.g ERC and AHA guidelines.
  • Identify and explain normal function, normal signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body.
  • Understanding and correct order of management in an emergency in a WTG environment.
  • Correct use of lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey “C” A–B–C including the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Correct use of the Secondary Survey.
  • Correct use of first aid equipment in a first aid scenario.

First Aid

Content: delegates will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to use lifesaving First Aid techniques in a WTG environment. This course is based on the best standards and complies with the requirements of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Hours: 16 hrs (2 days)

Validity: 24 months

Module Objectives

The First Aid module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the importance of carrying out first aid in a safe manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to ILCOR e.g ERC and AHA guidelines.
  • Identify and explain normal function, normal signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body.
  • Understanding and correct order of management in an emergency in a WTG environment.
  • Correct use of lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey “C” A–B–C including the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Correct use of the Secondary Survey.
  • Correct use of first aid equipment in a first aid scenario.

Module Objectives

The Fire Awareness module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the development and spread of fire.
  • Knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this.
  • How to identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment.
  • Knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • Correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the firefighting equipment in a WTG.

Fire awareness

Content: delegates will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and prevent the main causes of fire in a WTG environment. They will also learn how to safety act with the available means in the initial stage of a fire. Moreover, they will train in procedures and techniques to evacuate personnel from a WTG in case the fire cannot be controlled.

Hours: 4 hrs (half day)

Validity: 24 months

Module Objectives

The Fire Awareness module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the development and spread of fire.
  • Knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this.
  • How to identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment.
  • Knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • Correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the firefighting equipment in a WTG.

Module Objectives

The Manual Handling module ensures that, after completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location.
  • How to identify aspects of their job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular/skeletal injuries.
  • Understanding of safe practices of Manual Handling, including the correct handling of equipment.   
  • How to identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor Manual Handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods.
  • A problem solving approach to Manual Handling in a wind turbine environment.   
  • Manual Handling risk reduction techniques.

Manual handling

Content: delegates will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to manually hande loads in a safe and adequate manner during their work in a WTG environment. Delegates will be trained in the best techniques so as to prevent injuries. 
Hours: 4 hrs (half day)

Validity: 24 months