Health & Safety Advocacy
AWEA is committed to working cooperatively with regulating agencies to ensure the safety and health of workers in the wind energy industry. AWEA is developing a strong working relationship with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulatory, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and others as they impact the health and safety of wind energy workers.
AWEA signed an Alliance agreement with OSHA to foster a safer and healthier workplace for the wind industry. OSHA provides several cooperative programs, which businesses, labor groups, and other organization can work cooperatively with OSHA 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 can 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, training modules, and educate workers, employers, and OSHA on the hazards that workers face in the wind energy industry.
AWEA active participates on regulatory activity affecting workers in the wind energy industry, such as LockOut/TagOut (LOTO) and Confined Spaces.