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GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) Programs for Personnel Who Will be Working in the Wind Industry or Related Fields

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The GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) Training shall enable participants to support and care for themselves and others working in the industry by possessing the knowledge and skills of First Aid, Working at Heights, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Sea Survival and in case of an emergency, to be able to evacuate, rescue and provide appropriate First Aid to Casualties. Upon completion of the BST training, participants will possess an awareness of the hazards encountered when working within the wind industry and how to control and mitigate these hazards.

The BST will also equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to appropriately respond in the event of an emergency and to increase their safety through proper use of Personal Protective Equipment, emergency equipment and procedures.


The approved GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) provides participants with important skills, which include Fire Awareness, First Aid, Working at Heights and Manual Handling. To enable participants to work in the offshore environment, an additional GWO Sea Survival training shall be completed.

The program is aimed at personnel who will be working in the wind industry or related fields and will have their duties in a wind turbine environment, usually in physical contact with a wind turbine or an offshore wind structure.

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Validity: Each module is valid for 2 years
  • Prerequisites: All personnel participating in Basic Safety Training shall be medically fit and capable of fully participating

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GWO Basic Safety Training (BST)




GWO BST Courses

  • First Aid (FA - 13 hours 20 minutes): The aim of this BST Module is to enable participants to administer safe and effective First Aid in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment, in accordance with GWO First Aid training through theoretical and practical training. Furthermore, this training will enable the participant to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • Manual Handling (MH - 3 hours 35 minutes): The aim of this Module is to encourage positive Manual Handling and ergonomic behavior, encourage participants to consider alternatives to manual handling through planning and to train participants’ ability to perform Manual Handling tasks in a safe manner in the wind turbine industry/environment. The main focus shall be on eliminating risk and controlling hazards and practicing correct techniques if elimination is not possible.
  • Fire Awareness (FAW - 3 hours 20 minutes): The aim of this course is to give the participants the basic knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical training. Participants should be able to prevent fires, make appropriate judgements when evaluating a fire, manage evacuation of personnel and ensure all are safely accounted for in the event of an unmanageable fire. If the incident is judged to be safe, the participants should be able to efficiently extinguish an initial fire by using basic hand-held firefighting equipment.
  • Working at Heights (WAH - 13 hours 25 minutes): The aim of this module is to qualify the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment and perform safe work at height and safe and comprehensive basic rescue from height in a remote wind turbine environment.
  • Working at Heights & Manual Handling Combined (MH&WAH - 14 hours 50 minutes): The aim of this module is to qualify the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment and perform safe work at heights and safe and comprehensive basic rescue from heights. Furthermore, to encourage positive manual handling and ergonomic behavior, encourage participants to consider alternatives to manual handling through planning and to train participants ability to perform Manual Handling tasks in a safe manner in the wind turbine industry/environment.
  • Sea Survival (SS - 6 hours 30 minutes): The aims of this BST Sea Survival course are, by theoretical and practical training, to give the participants the ability to act safely and responsible, and to take the correct preventive actions in all aspects of offshore operations from shore to installation vessel or WTG and vice versa, both during normal operation and in an emergency in an offshore wind energy environment.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with GWO for the latest and accurate information on Training Standards

Last Updated: May 27, 2021