Monday 07 November 2016
The Wind Turbine Safety Rules (“WTSR” or the “Rules”) are a model template of rules and procedures to help formalise a safety system of work to manage the significant risks associated with a wind turbine.
They have been developed by wind farm owners and operators for the purpose of achieving both General Safety and Safety from the System – a process that safeguards persons from the mechanical and LV electrical hazards on equipment that had not been isolated, blocked or de-energised.
Note: This is a simplistic representation as a wider range of factors will in many cases need to be taken into account based on the work tasks involved and risk assessments performed when formalising a safe system of work.
In 2013 the Rules and supporting guidance were independently reviewed with the report drawing an overall conclusion that that “…the Rules adequately address the main inherent dangers associated with installed LV electrical and mechanical equipment in wind turbines”.
As a result of the review, the Rules and Guidance have been updated with the new 2015 version now available.
We would remind anyone with responsibility or oversight of the Rules and their implementation that:
The Rules and supporting guidance should be read and applied by taking account their integration into the wider health & safety management systems being operated by the responsible duty holder(s); and
The final structure, content and format of any rules or systems applied by duty holders which incorporate all or any part of the Rules and supporting guidance must be overseen and approved by suitably qualified competent person(s) who are familiar not only with WTSR but also with their practical application taking into account site and turbine specific arrangements and all other relevant circumstances.