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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Guidelines for Proper Body Position

The Guidelines for Proper Body Positioning training materials focus on heavy lifting, manually lifting loads, power zone lifting, reaching, and team lift activities and provides illustrated examples of the best ways to position your body to minimize the risk of injury.

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Guidelines for Qualified and Unqualified Electrical Workers

This guidance document provided suggested guidance for the development of personnel for the position of Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW) within the US wind Industry.

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Hand Injuries Prevention Program

This program has been designed to help companies improve their hand safety programs and put policies in place to reduce hand injuries. It was developed to improve the way that employees work with their hands, and define the recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This package includes a sample policy program, a training module, and a framework, which each company can implement.

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Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout/Tagout) in the Wind Energy Industry

According to OSHA, approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year across all industries. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation. This document will provide a better understanding of LOTO in the wind energy industry.

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Heat-Related Illness Prevention

The AWEA EHS O&M Working Group has created three awareness materials, to help workers best understand the signs of heat-related illness and how to prevent them. A reference card, a training module, and a heat awareness and tracking plan will help you understand all the signs of heat-related illness, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

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Hoisting and Rigging Framework

This Hoisting and Rigging Framework document provides companies with a tool for the development and assessment of policies, procedures and management processes to control risks associated with hoisting and rigging activities. It has been developed to assist organizations in defining and developing an effective risk management program for control of hoisting and rigging and it is not intended to be a mandate for its use. It is not the intent of this document to address mobile or external crane management associated with construction and O&M activities.

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Prevention of Dropped Objects Program

This program has been designed to help companies improve their prevention of dropped objects program and put policies in place to reduce dropped objects. It was developed to improve the way that employees work with their tools and equipment. This package includes a sample policy program, a training module, and a framework, which each company can implement.

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Proper Lifting Techniques

Proper lifting techniques.

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Safety Campaigns

The U.S. wind industry strongly values the wind energy workforce—our success hinges on their success. Because of our workforce commitment, safety and health training and awareness are core values at AWEA.

Our Environmental, Health, and Safety Subcommittee safety awareness campaigns are at the forefront of AWEA’s priorities. Every October is safety month, focusing on key areas to help keep your employees healthy and safe.