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.

Available resources include Heat-Related Illness Prevention, Arc Flash Analysis Recommendation, and Guidelines for Proper Body Position. Click here for all environmental, health, and safety resources.

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.

  • 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.