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

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed: Originally signed on January 20, 2010 and renewed June of 2012.


    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.

  3. Implementation Team Members: Ray Fried, Keith Plantier, Rick Denbow and Sheila Schulmeyer.<br><br>
  4. Contributors
    • Dennis Owens, Upwind Solutions
    • Greg Wortham, Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse
    • Samuel Holmes, Shell Wind
    • Ron Heine, TECO Westinghouse
    • Andy Swift, Texas Tech University
    • Myron Hizak, NAES (currently with Wood Group)
    • Bill Jacks, Power Equipment Maintenance (currently with Gemeni Energy Services)
    • Mark Skeen, Broadwind Energy Services

  5. Evaluation Period: January 20, 2011 through June 27, 2012
  6. Implementation Team Meeting: October 28, 2011.
  7. Events and Products
    • 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. (Update: AWEA asked TSTC to stand down as they were going to take lead on this effort. We have been asked to provide training facilities during the training).

  8. Training and Education
  9. 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 and Turbine Technology;
    • Certificate II – Wind Energy and Turbine Technology;
    • Certificate I – Wind Energy and Turbine Technology;
    • TSMC­Principles of Wind EnergyTechnology

    The College was recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board on May 17, 2010 and this recognition is still in effect.

    Outreach and Communication

    • The college continues to play a large part in the community of Sweetwater as well as the wind energy as a whole.  Additionally, our facilities are leveraged by industry to use in lieu of site training.
    • The college communicates safety through its curriculum and its goal it to graduate the most knowledgeable individuals in the wind energy industry.
    • TSTC West Texas is an integral member on AWEA’s Safety Committee and has participated in the creation of wind specific slides for OSHA 10 hr Construction and General Industry training.
    • Through a Skills Development grant supplied by the Texas Workforce Commission, TSTC West Texas has developed and Mobile Climb and Rescue unit which aids industry in on-site training.  The unit is designed to travel to various sites within Texas and can be used for initial certification or refresher training.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  10. Results

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


    Number Graduated

    Training Received

    Summer 2011


    OSHA 10 hr-General Industry, CPR/First Aid/AED

    Fall 2011


    OSHA 10 hr-General Industry, CPR/First Aid/AED, ENSA Safe Access and Rescue, Basic Rigging, Qualified Signalperson

    Spring 2012


    OSHA 10 hr-General Industry, CPR/First Aid/AED, ENSA Safe Access and Rescue, Basic Rigging, Qualified Signalperson

  12. Safety Advancement
  13. The college’s Wind Energy Technology department and courses are devoted to promoting a safety culture within the wind energy industry. Detailed activity includes:

    • An autonomous stand alone class dedicated to Safety with a focus in Wind Energy.  Topics include HAZMAT, LOTO, Confined Space, Environmental Hazards, Electrical Safety (NFPA 70E, Arc Flash), working at heights, fall hazards, MSDS, PPE, etc.
    • Additionally, safety is integrated into each and every class as part of the lecture or laboratory by use of safety briefings, emergency procedures, PPE and any other necessary device to ensure a safe working environment.
    • Students have participated in safety audits of the buildings to help identify hazards identified in the CFR.  As part of the audit, the student is also responsible for making recommendations to remedy the situation.