GWO Training Execution Policy

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSORIW), Iron Workers National Training Fund (NTF) and Iron Workers Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT)

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The Iron Workers National Training Fund (NTF) is committed to meeting the Global Wind Organization (GWO) standards where relevant and possible. The IABSORIW and IMPACT support the NTF, commit to cooperating with the GWO and continuously engage in an open and honest dialogue to ensure the ongoing improvement of the training standards.

The NTF, IABSORIW and IMPACT are dedicated to excellence.
The NTF, in conjunction with the IABSORIW and IMPACT, have a formally documented system to ensure the quality and content of training and its compliance with GWO approval criteria. We consistently make sure that we have sufficient staff and resources and we deliver the training modules listed below in accordance with GWO basic safety training standard requirements:

  • GWO Working at Heights

  • GWO First Aid

  • GWO Fire Awareness

  • GWO Manual Handling

We operate as one organization that achieves continual improvement through openness, trust, ethical action and learning from our mistakes. We conduct our business in compliance with laws and regulations within the countries where we do business.

The NTF, IABSORIW and IMPACT are dedicated to safety.
The health and safety of our members is our highest priority. Through GWO’s safety standards and our commitment to safety, we have continuously implemented a safety mindset within our membership and management in North America.

Prerequisites for attendance and attendance certificate

  • Apprentice or journeyworker in good standing.
  • Current first aid training certification card.
  • Participants must wear suitable work clothing with work boots.
  • Must be able to understand the course language.
  • All personnel participating in basic safety training shall be medically fit and capable of fully participating (see the list below for examples of possible health risks).
  • Participants must sign a statement stating that they are medically fit to participate in the safety training and are not under the influence of any illegal narcotic substance, alcohol, or medication that may create a safety risk for the participant or others. Participants’ signatures shall be collected before the safety training course starts.
  • Participants must obey all applicable safety and accident prevention regulations and follow the orders of the course instructor. Failure to do so or disruption of the training event may lead to the participant being expelled.
  • Participants who do not satisfy these requirements may be barred from the training activities.

The following conditions could pose a risk when you participate in GWO training. Alert your training provider if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Asthma or other respiratory disorders
  • Epilepsy, blackouts, or other fits
  • Angina or other heart complaints
  • Vertigo or inner ear problems (difficulty with balance)
  • Claustrophobia/acrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces/heights)
  • Blood pressure disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Pacemaker or implanted defibrillator
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other muscular/skeletal disorders affecting mobility
  • Known allergies (e.g., bee/ wasp stings or spider bites)
  • Recent surgery
  • Any other medical condition or medication dependency that could affect climbing or the physical impact ofclimbing, including weight that exceeds the structural mock-up, rescue equipment, or PPE capacity. 
  • Review the prerequisites above to determine your eligibility.
  • Contact your local’s training coordinator to determine available dates and locations for training.
  • Create a WINDA ID; use the WINDA link below to create an account.
  • Contact the local training coordinator to register for the class and provide your WINDA ID and legal name at registration.
  • The local coordinator will notify you of any class changes or cancelations via email or phone. 

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