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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VI

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Originally signed on January 20, 2010


    Alliance between the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and The Texas State Technical College, West Texas was established as a collaborative relationship to foster a safety and more healthful workplace for Americans working in the wind energy industry. The goal of the Alliance is to save lives, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards such as falls from elevations, struck-by and caught-in-between objects, and electrocution.

  2. Implementation Team Members:
  3. Ray Fried, Keith Plantier, Rick Denbow and Sheila Schulmeyer.

  4. Contributors
  5. Dennis Owens, Upwind Solutions; Greg Wortham, Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, Samuel Holmes, Shell Wind to name just a few.

  6. Evaluation Period:
  7. January 20, 2011 through June 27, 2011

  8. Implementation Team Meetings:
  9. April 8th, 2011, October 28, 2010.

  10. Events and Products:

    Wind Industry Safety Fair - April 8th 2010 - OSHA was invited to set up a booth. Wind Energy and Turbine Technology - Curriculum Update - 10/28/2010 The college and OSHA are currently working on developing training for a group of CSHOS in the Region (VI) for expertise in evaluating safety in wind turbines. OSHA is part of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Wind Energy Department at the college.

  11. Training and EducationEvents and Products:

    The Texas State Technical College provides several options to achieve Understanding and Essential Function Standards for Wind Energy and Turbine Technology (WET) The following awards are given depending on the number of hours being studied: Associate of Applied Science in Wind Energy Technology; Certificate II - Wind Energy Technology; Certificate I - Wind Energy Technology; Certificate 1 - Wind Energy Technology - Online Hybrid and MSA - Wind Energy Technology - Online

    The College was recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board on May 17, 2010.

    Outreach and Communication

    • The college plays a large part in the community of Sweetwater as well as the wind energy as a whole.
    • The college communicates safety through its curriculum and its goal it to graduate the most knowledgeable individuals in the wind energy industry.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  12. Results
  13. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.


    Approximately 90 students went through

  14. Safety Advancement
  15. The college's Wind Energy Technology department and courses are devoted to promoting a safety culture within the wind energy industry.