As mentioned earlier in our blog, we have the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet) in the Netherlands as umbrella legislation for all employers in the Netherlands. This law is specifically aimed at the health and safety of employees. Subsequently, this Working Conditions Act is further elaborated in the Working Conditions Decree and Working Conditions Regulations. This can simply be seen as a further elaboration of the umbrella Working Conditions Act. In order to provide industry with guidelines for compliance with laws and regulations and mitigation of risks, an Working Conditions Catalog exists for many industries, including the wind industry. This Health & Safety catalog provides control measures for many of the risks that exist in the industry. However, in many cases the GWO standard is currently leading for the training of personnel in the wind industry. Many clients choose to require GWO training for personnel who work on or near a windmill. The Dutch Arbo catalog does not mention the duration of certificates. In principle, the above also applies to the Netherlands in Germany. The German Working Conditions Act is the Arbeits Shutzgesetz. Most clients also follow the guidelines of the GWO (in the field of training) in the German wind industry.
Period of validity of the certificate
In order to check the validity of your certificate, you must register with the WINDA (Wind Industry Database).
GWO Training in the Corona era
Compensation on certificates from GWO
The Global Wind Organization gives employees in the wind industry, who have a GWO certificate, an extra 60 days to participate in refresher training. This means that when your certificate expires, you have an extra 60 days to complete the refresher training.
PLEASE NOTE: your certificate will not be extended by 60 days. Only the possibility to follow refresher training is extended by 60 days.
DELTA Safety Training also offers the possibility to carry out a Medical examination, which is required for people working in the wind industry. The type of inspection required depends on the age of the employee. From type 2, the inspection is extended with an effort test.
The examination is carried out by a NOGEPA recognized examination doctor and is valid for 2 years. Here you will find an overview of our medical examinations.
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