As a general rule of thumb, if you are in physical contact with a wind turbine, one or more of the modules of the Basic Safety Training Standard (BST) is relevant to your job function.
Employers must ensure that all personnel in their care have critical safety competences. GWO has developed an industry recognised standard in the BST that can aid employers in fulfilling this responsibility.
Can I use existing certifications?
If you have participated in similar or longer safety training courses from another sector, this does not mean you have been trained in the specific risks that are encountered in the wind industry. In most cases, your employer is likely to ask you to supplement your existing training with one or more BST modules relevant to your job function.
For example, the BST Sea Survival Module trains delegates on the specific safety aspects of Transition Piece Transfer. This is a unique safety risk encountered only by offshore wind technicians as they transfer from one area (typically a vessel) to the transition piece at the base of a turbine.
For personnel working on wind projects without direct physical contact with a wind turbine, an employer may deem that your current skills are adequate. Examples could include crew personnel on vessels operating on an offshore wind project, and where mandatory safety training has been completed.