The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the wind industry place a high priority on protecting the safety and health of the wind energy workforce. AWEA supports the wind energy industry with environmental, health, and safety resources, data, and the tools needed to ensure a safe working environment.

AWEA also engages regularly with several federal agencies, including the Center for Disease Control's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). AWEA works closely with OSHA to improve worker health and safety, and to better inform the wind industry about OSHA and OSHA about the wind industry.

Key programs include:

  • Safety Awareness Campaigns: October is AWEA Safety Month, focusing on key areas to help keep employees healthy and safe.

  • Safety Data Collection: Every year AWEA collects data on the safety and health performance of the industry to help companies benchmark themselves against their peers, improve performance, and identify areas of focus for training and other activities. The 2018 report is available at the AWEA Bookstore. Participating companies of the AWEA Safety Data Report 2018, should contact safety@awea.org, to receive their copy of the report.

  • Safety and Health Excellence Award Program: The AWEA Safety and Health Excellence Award program recognizes the excellence of AWEA Member Company’s safety and health performance and programs used to achieve performance, and companies’ EHS best practices of success. This award is presented at the annual AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference.

Environmental, Health, & Safety Subcommittee & Working Groups
AWEA members can join the Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS) Subcommittee and working groups to support the wind energy industry by promoting environmental stewardship, safety, and health within the wind industry workplace. The EHS Subcommittee provides a forum to exchange information on industry best practices, lessons learned, and regulatory requirements. The EHS Subcommittee Working Groups focus on a variety of topics including construction safety, electrical safety, offshore wind, operations and maintenance, and training and education. If you are interested in participating, please email safety@awea.org.

Environmental, Health, & Safety Resources

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Vehicle Safety Program

This program has been designed to control risks associated with the operation of motor vehicles. It was developed to assist Wind energy employers in defining and developing an effective program for safe operation of company owned or leased motor vehicles by the employees who drive them. This package includes a sample policy program, a training module, and a framework, which each company can implement.

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2018 Safety Data Report

Produced annually, the 2018 report contains safety data from 2017 and anonymizes company data that is voluntary and self-reported from individual company OSHA 300 logs. The rates displayed in this report were calculated using the data reported to AWEA from 52 companies. The intent of the report is to create a safety performance benchmark in the wind industry. The report continues to improve qualitatively and quantitatively because of the work of the AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Subcommittee, the AWEA Safety Data Collection Working Group, and the commitment of wind energy companies to continuously improve worker health and safety in the wind industry. AWEA sincerely thanks its participants for their contribution to the industry data provided in the report. Participating companies of the AWEA Safety Data Report 2018, should contact safety@awea.org directly, to receive their copy of the report.

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Arc Flash Analysis Recommendation

The AWEA Arc Flash Analysis Recommendation document, developed by the AWEA Environmental, Health and Safety Committee, provides guidance for arc flash risk while working on or near electrical equipment in the wind energy industry.

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AWEA Introduction to Construction Safety: Wind Energy

AWEA Introduction to Construction Safety: Wind Energy is a training program developed by the American Wind Energy Association Environmental, Health, and Safety Subcommittee to assist managers in the industry conduct the OSHA Construction Industry 10-Hour Outreach Training. The training covers a variety of construction safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter at a wind project construction site. Each trainee will gain a complete understanding of OSHA, wind site operation hazards and warning signs, risk mitigation, emergency response planning, how to reduce workplace injuries, and much more. The program includes 14 PowerPoint Lessons and supporting materials: Intro to OSHA, Electrical Safety, Struck-by Hazards, Caught Between, Fall Protection, Cranes and Derricks, Personal Protective Equipment, Health Hazards, Excavation, Material Handling, Scaffolds, Hand and Power Tools, Stairs and Ladders, Emergency Rescue.

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AWEA Introduction to Safety: Wind Energy

AWEA Introduction to Safety: Wind Energy is a training program developed by the American Wind Energy Association Environmental, Health, and Safety Subcommittee to assist managers in the industry conduct the OSHA General Industry 10-Hour Outreach Training. Each trainee will gain a complete understanding of OSHA, wind site operation hazards and warning signs, risk mitigation, emergency response planning, how to reduce workplace injuries, and much more. The program includes 11 PowerPoint lessons and supporting materials: Intro to OSHA, Walking Working Surfaces, Emergency Action Plan, Electrical Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Materials Handling, Safety and Health Programs, Ergonomics, Fall Protection, Confined Spaces.

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AWEA Safety Data Report 2019

Produced annually, the 2019 report contains safety data from 2018 and anonymizes company data that is voluntary and self-reported from individual company OSHA 300 logs. The rates displayed in this report were calculated using the data reported to AWEA from 50 companies. The intent of the report is to create a safety performance benchmark in the wind industry. The report continues to improve qualitatively and quantitatively because of the work of the AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Subcommittee, the AWEA Safety Data Collection Working Group, and the commitment of wind energy companies to continuously improve worker health and safety in the wind industry. AWEA sincerely thanks its participants for their contribution to the industry data provided in the report. Participating companies of the AWEA Safety Data Report 2019, should contact safety@awea.org directly, to receive their copy of the report.

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Best Practice Guidelines for Offshore Wind Energy

The AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee created this guidance document to assist offshore wind energy employers with the development of the health and safety program for offshore wind energy.

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Cold Weather Injury Prevention

The AWEA EHS O&M Working Group has created three awareness materials: a reference card, PowerPoint training module, and a sample cold weather policy. These materials will help you understand all the signs of cold-related injuries, develop plans and strategies to prevent them, and what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

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Enclosed Spaces and Confined Spaces in the Wind Industry

The AWEA Enclosed and Confined Spaces Whitepaper is a guidance document created by the AWEA Environmental, Health and Safety Committee to assist Wind Energy employers in developing their confined/enclosed spaces program.

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Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidance for Pandemic: COVID-19

The purpose of this document is to provide an enhanced health and safety guidance procedure for the development of wind energy employers during pandemics, specifically COVID-19. This guidance provides general preparation and outlines background information on pandemics, common business impacts and planning assumptions, monitoring processes and general response guidelines. 

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Fitness for Work Guidelines

The provision of this document is for establishing and maintaining guidelines for employers that identify the fitness for work condition of a wind technician working onshore. The document contains best practices that establish the key components for a fitness for work technician, including a pre-employment physical and what is needed to sustain a fit for work wind technician throughout their career.

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Guidance for Determining Ground Bearing Capacities for Crane Travel in the Wind Industry

Guidance for Determining Ground Bearing Capacities for Crane Travel in the Wind Industry