Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)


  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed:

    August 8, 2011

    Evaluation Period

    August 8, 2011 August 7, 2012

    Overview

    The OSHA and AWEA Alliance focuses on providing AWEA affiliates and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health of workers and provide safe workplaces, particularly by reducing and preventing exposures to fall, electrical, and crane hazards, and to aid in understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Tom Bielema               Area Director, Peoria Area Office, Region V
    Sanji Kanth                 Safety Engineer, Office of General Industry Enforcement (OGIE), Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP)
    Dean McKenzie          Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction
    Morgan Seuberling      Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Eric Lahaie *                Acting Director, OOSA, DCSP
    Brian Sturtecky           Area Director, Jacksonville Area Office, Region IV
    Sherman Williamson   Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OGIE, DEP
                           
    AWEA

    John Amos                  Siemens Energy, Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    Brian Arndt                 Outland Energy Services; Committee Member, AWEA
    David Bentley             Acciona Wind Energy USA, LLC; Committee Member, AWEA
    Thomas Budler            MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co; Committee Member, AWEA
    Luis Carbonell             Siemens Energy Wind Power Americas; Committee Member, AWEA
    Myron Coon                Power Partners Mastec, LLC; Committee Member, AWEA
    Lane Cross                  enXco, Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    Tom Daft                    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.; Committee Member, AWEA  
    Justin Davis                 Duke Energy; Worker Representative, AWEA
    Carlos Diaz                 Edison Mission Energy; Committee Member, AWEA
    Kyle Fritz                    Edison Mission Energy; Committee Member, AWEA
    Reggie Ham                UpWind Solutions Inc.; Worker Representative, AWEA
    Michael Hughes          Siemens Energy Wind Power Americas; Committee Member, AWEA
    Jerome Kaiser              GE Energy; Worker Representative, AWEA
    Michael Kelley            UpWind Solutions; Committee Member, AWEA
    Rick Kroon,                Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    Gary Lee                     EDP Renewables North America; Committee Member, AWEA
    Randolph Mann          Edison Mission Energy; Committee Member, AWEA
    Susan Marshall            Siemens AG; Committee Member, AWEA
    Michele Mihelic          Manager, Labor, Health and Safety Policy, AWEA
    Christopher Mugge     Lost Lakes Wind Farm; Committee Member, AWEA
    Daniel Olson               GE Energy; Committee Member, AWEA
    Tim Palmer                  Wanzek; Committee Member, AWEA
    Ken Ripper                  EDP Renewables North America, LLC; Committee Member, AWEA
    Joseph Reisinger         Broadway Energy, Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    Harold Ross                Siemens Energy, Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    Trent Schon                 Mortensen Construction; Committee Member, AWEA
    Brian Schultz              Grand Rapids Community College; Committee Member, AWEA
    Joshua Shaw               Amerisafe Consulting and Safety Services; Committee Member, AWEA
    Eric Sheldon               Grand Rapids Community College; Committee Member, AWEA
    Scott Stone                 NextEra Energy Resources; Committee Member, AWEA
    John Sullivan               Siemens Energy Wind Power Americas; Committee Member, AWEA
    Frank Tognotti            Shell WindEnergy Inc.; Committee Member, AWEA
    John Valerius              Duke Energy; Worker Representative, AWEA
    Grayling V. Velde      Duke Energy; Committee Member, AWEA
    Thomas Vinson           Director, Regulatory Affairs, AWEA
    Diane Waghorne         Tech Safety Lines; Committee Member, AWEA
    Dennis Winn               Alberdrola; Committee Member, AWEA      
    Jeffrey Wolf                E.ON Climate & Renewables North America; Committee Member, AWEA
    John York                   Edison Mission Energy; Committee Member, AWEA

    *Eric Lahaie served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until May 31, 2012

  3. Implementation Team Meetings

    • August 8, 2011
    • December 7, 2011
    • April 18, 2012
    • July 26, 2012

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliances progress and results.

  4. Results

    1. Events and Products
    2. 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.

      Products

      AWEA and OSHA Alliance-Related Web Page

      AWEA developed and maintain the AWEA and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Web site.  The Web page includes information on the Alliance agreement and OSHA’s current initiatives. 

      OSHA and AWEA Alliance Web Page

      OSHA maintains and updates the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site.  The page includes the Alliance’s agreement and information on Alliance activities and events.  

      Events

      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, February 10, 2012, Washington, DC

      An AWEA representative participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C.  During the meeting, Alliance Program participants received OSHA updates, discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the next series of draft Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, September 20, 2011, Washington, DC

      An AWEA representative participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C.  During the meeting, Alliance Program participants received OSHA updates, discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the next series of draft Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

      Training and Education

      • To develop effective training and education programs for workers in the wind energy industry regarding fall, electrical, and crane hazards in maintenance and operations, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
      • During the reporting period, the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team have not completed work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      Outreach and Communication

      • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AWEA's conferences, local meetings, or other events.

      Events

      WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition, June 3-6, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia

      OSHA personnel from the Atlanta Area Office, Region IV, staffed an exhibit booth and disseminated OSHA publications to attendees.

      North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2012, Washington, DC.

      AWEA and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

      To help support the event, AWEA disseminated information about the 2012 NAOSH Week to their membership and a representative from AWEA attended the 2012  NAOSH Week Kick-off Event in Washington, DC.

    3. Executive Summary
    4. During the OSHA and AWEA Alliance’s first year, the organizations established a productive working relationship.  For example, AWEA representatives attended several Alliance Program Construction Roundtables.

      As part of their outreach, OSHA personnel from the Atlanta Area Office, Region IV, staffed an exhibit booth at the WINDPOWER Conference and Expo and distributed OSHA publications to the attendees. 

      Finally AWEA supported and promoted the 2012 NAOSH Week by disseminating information about the event to their members and by attending the 2012 NAOSH Week Kick-off event.

    5. Alliance Program Reach
    6. Type of Activity
      (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

      OSHA and AWEA Alliance Web Page on OSHA Website

      Data Not Available

      AWEA and OSHA Alliance Web Page on the AWEA Website

      Data Not Available

      June 3-6, 2012: WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition

      OSHA Exhibit

      Data Not Available

      TOTAL

      Data Not Available


  5. Upcoming Milestones
  6. Over the next year, OSHA and AWEA will continue to work together to provide AWEA’s members and others with guidance and access to information and training resources that will focus on reducing and preventing exposures to fall, electrical, and crane hazards.  The OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team members will finalize and implement several training programs on wind energy, including the “Wind Energy Awareness– Climb Safety” training, and develop fact sheets on electrical equipment and cranes used in the industry.  AWEA will post these resources on its Web site.  OSHA will then add links to the resources on the OSHA and AWEA Web page, the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page, and other appropriate locations on the Agency Web site.

    AWEA will invite OSHA to exhibit at the Windpower 2013 Conference and Exhibition.  In addition, AWEA will distribute OSHA publications at the Offshore Windpower 2012 Conference and Exhibition.

    Finally, AWEA representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and will participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtables.

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 27, 2012.