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  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 8, 2011

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 8, 2012 - August 7, 2013

    3. 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  

      Morgan Seuberling Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
      Tom Bielema
      Sanji Kanth
      Area Director, Peoria Area Office, Region V
      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
      Brian Sturtecky
      Sherman Williamson
      Courtney Murray
      Erin Patterson
      Area Director, Jacksonville Area Office, Region IV
      Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OGIE, DEP
      Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, DOC
      Regulatory Analyst, OCS, DOC

      AWEA  

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

      *Dean McKenzie served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until January 31, 2013.
      **Myron Coon served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2012.
      ***Lane Cross served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2012.
      ****Trent Schon served on the served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2012.
      *****Brian Schultz served on the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2012.
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • October 15, 2012
    • February 13, 2013
    • July 24, 2013
    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Other OSHA's 2012 Falls in Construction Initiative

    AWEA linked their Alliance Web page to OSHA's Website on Falls in Construction, with links to OSHA's Falls in Construction Fact Sheet and Poster.
    Falls in Construction Data Not Available
    Other OSHA's 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Initiative

    AWEA linked their Alliance Web page to the OSHA's Website on Heat Illness Prevention.
    Heat Illness Prevention Data Not Available
     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, electrical, and crane hazards in wind energy industry maintenance and operations to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, September 27, 2012, Washington, DC

    A representative from the AWEA Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.
    Falls in Construction Data Not Applicable
    Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, March 28, 2013, Washington, DC

    A representative from the AWEA Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.
    Falls in Construction Data Not Applicable
    Event 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), May 5-11, 2013

    The AWEA Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."

    To help support the event, AWEA linked to the 2013 NAOSH Week Web page from the AWEA Website.
      Data Not Available
     
    Training and Education Goal: 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Product Fall Protection Training Module

    Through the OSHA and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Alliance, AWEA developed a safety training program which provides employees in the wind industry with an introduction on fall protection. The program contains practical precautions and instruction to help workers reduce risks at job sites while taking into account the requirements for the job. The product was linked to OSHA's Web pages in August, 2013.
    Fall Protection Data Not Available
     
    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the AWEA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Product Fall Protection PPE Fact Sheet in Wind Industry

    Through the OSHA and AWEA Alliance, AWEA is developing a fact sheet on PPE for fall protection in the wind industry. [In progress]
    Fall Protection Data Not Available
    Product Fall Protection PPE Quick Tips in Wind Industry

    Through the OSHA and AWEA Alliance, AWEA is developing a quick tips on PPE for fall protection in the wind industry. [In progress]
    Fall Protection Data Not Available
    Product Crane Safety Fact Sheet in Wind Industry

    Through the OSHA and AWEA Alliance, AWEA is developing a fact sheet on crane safety in the wind industry. [In progress]
      Data Not Available
    Product AWEA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    AWEA maintains the AWEA and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Website. Information includes links to the Alliance agreement and OSHA's electronic assistance tools. In addition, AWEA includes OSHA initiatives on the Web page such as the Falls in Construction initiative and Heat Illness Prevention, with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages.
    Falls in Construction and Heat Illness Prevention Data Not Available
    Product OSHA and AWEA Alliance Web Page

    OSHA maintains the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Website. The page includes the Alliance agreement, the renewal agreement, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, and links to resources developed by AWEA through the Alliance Program.
      709
     
    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AWEA's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Exhibit 2012 Offshore Windpower Conference and Exhibition, October 9-11, 2012, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    AWEA Alliance team members staffed an Alliance exhibit and distributed OSHA publications to the industry safety and health professionals that attended the exhibit booth during the conference.
      887
    Speaker 2013 AWEA EHS Seminar, January 16-17, 2013, La Jolla, California

    On January 16, 2013, Richard Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave remarks at the Opening Session.
      200
    Speaker 2013 AWEA EHS Seminar, January 16-17, 2013, La Jolla, California

    On January 16, 2013, Thomas Bielema, Area Director, Region V, Peoria, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "Technician Availability, Training and Safety - Do Your People Have the Right Skills?"
      200
    Speaker 2013 AWEA EHS Seminar, January 16-17, 2013, La Jolla, California

    On January 17, 2013, Thomas Bielema, Area Director, Region V, Peoria, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, lead an OSHA open forum.
      200
    Speaker 2013 WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, May 5-8, 2013, Chicago, Illinois

    On May 8, 2013, Thomas Bielema, Area Director, Region V, Peoria, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Activities on the Wind Industry."
      250
    Exhibit 2013 WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, May 5-8, 2013, Chicago, Illinois

    OSHA personnel from Region V staffed an Alliance exhibit and distributed OSHA publications to the industry safety and health professionals that attended the exhibit booth during the conference.
      4,500
     
    Outreach and Communication Goal 3: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AWEA's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Training Introduction to the Wind Industry and Wind Industry Hazards Seminar

    Through the OSHA and AWEA Alliance, AWEA safety professionals conducted a training seminar for the OSHA Wind Response Team on September 11-13, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar was presented to OSHA participants from several regions. The AWEA trainer provided both class room and hands on training during the seminar.
      44
     
    TOTAL     6,990

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and AWEA will continue work together to provide AWEA's members and others with guidance and access to information and training resources that will focus on fall protection, crane safety and electrical safety in the wind industry.

    For example, AWEA will complete the Fall Protection PPE Fact Sheet in Wind Industry, the Fall Protection PPE Quick Tips in Wind Industry, and the fact sheet on crane safety in the wind industry. The resources will be posted on the AWEA Alliance-related Web page and OSHA will link the resources to 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 also participate in the evaluation of the impact of AWEA's Alliance developed products and effects of the Alliance Program on the wind industry by developing methods to survey the benefits of their Alliance products through the Alliance Program and provide their results to OSHA. In addition, AWEA will continue to participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, when scheduled, and contribute to the development of Construction Workplace Design Solutions.

    For completing their outreach goals, AWEA will request OSHA's participation and provide an Alliance exhibit at their Annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. AWEA will also request OSHA's participation at the 2014 AWEA EHS Seminar and provide an Alliance exhibit at the Offshore Windpower Conference and Exhibition.

    Finally, an AWEA representative will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support the 2014 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2014.

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 7, 2013.