The Global Wind Organization (GWO) is a non-profit body founded by manufacturers and owners in the wind turbine industry.
The aim of the GWO is to achieve an injury-free work environment in the wind turbine industry through the deployment of common international standards for safety training and emergency procedures.
Certification bodies are required to audit training providers wishing to offer GWO-certified safety training. This process certifies a training provider to conduct training according to GWO standards using the required equipment in an appropriate environment.
Orion is one of the first North American certification bodies to provide GWO Certification to training providers.
Orion Registrar Inc is unable to consult or support the implement your GWO safety training system – our expert auditors conduct the final certification of your GWO standardized training system once it is implemented.
Obtaining a GWO Safety Training Certification clearly demonstrates your commitment to creating an injury-free working environment for employees that supports technician and labor safety.
A GWO Training Certification can benefit your organization in a number of ways, including creating standardized training across the board and reducing the risk of accidents and the consequences of employee injury.
This can increase the business you conduct, reduce how much training is duplicated, and add up to an additional 5-6 technician working days per year.
It’s an easy process to become GWO Safety Training certified.
GWO Safety Training Certification is based on four pillars:
Demonstrating that your safety training classes will consistently deliver the level of training and assessment required and that you have a management system that can formally document your organization’s training process will help you with the first two stages.
Ensuring the elements of your safety training classes are in line with national legislation and standards and that you can demonstrate to an auditor that all required elements of the training were completed and evaluated properly.
Orion is not able to support clients in implementing GWO Safety Training.
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We work with clients once the GWO Safety Training Standard is in place, conducting a system audit and providing GWO Safety Training Certification on successful completion.
We capture your company profile, including all the information we need to generate a quote. If you accept the quote, we will require a signed application for certification before scheduling your audits.
The pre-audit is an optional, chargeable audit designed to review the training provider’s management system and the specifications that the training provider is asking to be certified.
The certification body then issues a report to the training provider detailing the findings of this audit, including any appropriate actions to be taken.
GWO recommends first-time training providers invest in this pre-audit.
The Stage 1 audit is a readiness review of the four core pillars needed to achieve GWO Safety Training certification. This audit is performed by an auditor to determine how prepared the training provider is for Stage 2. This process will include how well the training provider understands the four core pillars and the applicable training, collecting information on the scope of the management system and any areas of concern, and reviewing the allocation of resources for Stage 2.
The auditor will provide a plan to the training provider based on the GWO criteria for training providers prior to the audit. During this stage, the auditor will meet with the training provider’s management and staff to discuss the process and any potential issues. The auditor will also discuss any opportunities for improvement if and when they are identified during the audit. They will then follow a real or staged training session for each core pillar to check compatibility with the training provider’s procedures.
At the end of Stage 2, the auditor will prepare and present an auditor report to the training provider’s management.
Before certification can be issued, any nonconformances that were raised by the auditor must be addressed and solved.
Once all corrective actions have been completed and approved by the auditor, and the training provider is in compliance with the GWO Safety Training Standard, they will be issued with a certificate by the certification body. The GWO Safety Training Certificate is valid for two years and requires a yearly audit.
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No. Orion is not permitted to provide any training providers with the GWO Safety Training Certification logo.
In order to receive an authorized copy of the logo, GWO must first receive a certificate from a training provider that was awarded by a certification body.
See the criteria for GWO logo usage here.
Yes. Orion provides ongoing support after the initial certification.
After Stages 1 and 2 have been completed, and the training body has been certified, annual surveillance audits are required to ensure that the training provider’s certification is being maintained.
The surveillance audits are identical to the Stage 2 audit, with the management system and training session being audited on a sample basis. The auditor will provide an updated report, and any nonconformances must be addressed before continued certification.
Yes, Orion is authorised to certify to all four training settings and modules that GWO covers. These are fixed facility, mobile, on-site and digital.