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What You Need to Know about GWO Manual Handling

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There is so much that the wind power industry is able to offer. Since the year 1979 with the serial production of wind turbines by Danish manufacturers, the wind power industry has continued to prosper and flourish. We know how the said industry is involved with the design, manufacture, construction, and maintenance of wind turbines. Today, the said wind power industry is undergoing rapid globalisation and consolidation.

Working in the wind industry isn’t easy. Some potential hazards and risks come with working in that particular type of working environment. This is why the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has been established to work towards an injury-free work environment in the wind turbine industry. It is a non-profit body founded by wind turbine manufacturers and owners which sets common international standards for safety training and emergency procedures for the industry.

Part of the safety training and emergency procedures is the GWO Manual Handling training course provided to participants who are interested in working in the wind industry. In the next section, we will further discuss and expound what you need to know about the GWO Manual Handling and its requirements.

GWO Manual Handling in a Nutshell

The GWO Manual Handling training course provides participants with the knowledge of the proper manual handling of activities involved in the wind turbine industry or environment. The course primarily aims to take precautionary measures and achieve utmost safety necessary for such an industry wherein there are potential risks involved and lives are at stake. The course involves both theoretical and practical training in order to encourage positive manual handling behaviour. This GWO-approved standard course is designed for both onshore and offshore wind turbines.

Scope of GWO Manual Handling Course

The GWO Manual Handling training course entails basic knowledge of legislation with regard to manual handling. The course introduces the signs, symptoms, causes, and consequences of injuries, and comes up with risk assessments and control measures for manual handling on wind farm sites. 

Part of the GWO Manual Handling scope includes company and site-specific health and safety procedures as well as mechanical aids and work organisation. Specifically, the course leans towards individual and group safe lifting techniques. It also tackles personal responsibilities, hazards, and risks of manual handling, as well as the functions of back health.

GWO Certification

The Global Wind Organisation requires a certificate valid for two years from the assessment date. Per guidelines, delegates who attend a GWO training course must create a profile in the WINDA website in order to get a WINDA ID – a unique, random and system-generated number serving as the main delegate identification. They must then supply the WINDA ID to ARCH prior to completing the training. This ID can be used for all future GWO training and is needed to get you through your career in the wind industry.

Admission Requirements

For admission, those attending are required to be medically fit. This is to ensure that they are able to carry out the practical part of the course. They should also be free from medical contra-indications that may prevent them from working safely. A confirmation showing a valid medical certificate needs to be presented by the participants prior to the course commencement. Per the legal age requirement, course participants should be at least 18 years of age.

If you’re looking for a GWO training centre in Glasgow, Edinburgh or anywhere in Central Scotland, NRS Training Services is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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