AWEA-OSHA Alliance on worker safety
AWEA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed an Alliance agreement on Aug. 8, 2011, in Washington D.C. This Alliance with OSHA expired in 2015 and was not renewed.
Learn more about how OSHA works in OSHA 101.
OSHA’s cooperative programs
OSHA provides several cooperative programs that work with businesses, labor groups and other organizations to significantly reduce and prevent injury, illness and fatalities on job sites across the country.
The Alliance Program is one such program, where OSHA and AWEA work cooperatively to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the wind energy industry. Through the Alliance, AWEA hopes to develop compliance assistance tools, resources and training modules that educate workers, employers and OSHA on the hazards workers face in the wind energy industry.
About the AWEA-OSHA Alliance Program
Through the Alliance, OSHA and AWEA provide AWEA members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them:
- Protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical, and crane hazards; and
- Understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
AWEA-OSHA Alliance Program Goals
The Alliance’s goals include:
- Raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives to share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers;
- Developing effective training and education programs for workers in the wind energy industry on fall, electrical, and crane hazards in maintenance and operations, and communicating such information to constituent employers and workers; and
- Conducting outreach and communication to speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA’s or AWEA’s conferences, local meetings or other events.
Alliance Program in action
In September 2012, AWEA and its members trained 37 OSHA compliance officers on a rigorous six-station course to practice all essential elements of a successful rescue operation. They learned how to operate a harness from a standing and suspended position, how to escape from inside a turbine tower and the top of a nacelle, how to deploy a fall arrest lanyard and rigging, and how to rescue incapacitated victims on a fixed ladder.
AWEA-OSHA Alliance Products
- Fall Protection Training Module (Power Point) - The AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee developed the following safety training PowerPoint with the OSHA Wind Response Team, as one of the AWEA-OSHA Alliance goals. This training module should be used for an introduction to fall protection. Stay tuned for other products currently in development.