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Global Wind Organisation upholds safety standards

NSF International’s subsidiary NSF Certification LLC has been accredited as a certification body for the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

The accreditation enables NSF to audit and certify wind turbine training facilities to GWO’s suite of safety standards.

As demand for wind power grows, the need for specialised wind turbine construction and maintenance workers is expected to increase as well.

Training and education facilities for wind turbine technicians that are certified to GWO’s occupational health and safety criteria help to ensure a safe work environment by delivering a standardised training for those working in the wind turbine industry.

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“Our industry needs access to more standardised safety and technical training, and this means more GWO training providers in North America,” said Brian Walencik, EHS Leader at GE Renewable Energy and Chair of the GWO North America Committee.

Walencik added: “To support this business need, certification bodies are there to audit training providers and make sure they deliver according to GWO’s standards and criteria. We are pleased to see companies like NSF Certification, LLC sharing our commitment and look forward to seeing the growth of GWO training in North America.”

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power is the largest renewable energy source in the United States, having more than tripled in the last decade. 

Jenny Oorbeck, General Manager of Sustainability at NSF International, noted: “Wind turbine construction and maintenance is challenging work, so it is important for technicians to have proper occupational health and safety training to mitigate risks.”

“NSF’s expertise in occupational health and safety, as well as sustainability, enables us to protect public health and safety while supporting the growth of renewable energy at the same time.”

Babalwa Bungane
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