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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Lubbock District Office and Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  To that end, OSHA and Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program hereby renew in part, the Alliance signed January 26th, 2010 ,with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the Wind Power Generation Industry.  Specifically, both organization(s) are committed to providing Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).  Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address falls from elevations, caught-in or between, struck-by, crushed-by, electrocution and fire, specific hazards and/or specific issues that are inherent to the Wind Energy Generation Industry.  In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards inherent to the wind energy industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by encouraging any worksites on the campus of the Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional, and District Office, to address health and safety issues including hazards inherent with the industries of the area and surrounding communities.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for wind energy industry students/employees regarding fall hazards, electrical hazards, caught-by and struck-by hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for wind energy students/employees to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety courses.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • 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 Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program conferences, local meetings, or other wind energy specific events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Texas State Technical College West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the wind energy industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    • To develop and disseminate case studies on hazards found in the wind energy industry and publicize their results.

    OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication.  These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants.  By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party’s products or services.

    An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.  In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and shareinformation on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.  OSHA team members will include representatives of the El Paso Area Office and the Lubbock District Office  and any other appropriate offices.  OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

    This agreement will remain in effect for: two years from the date of the signed alliance: Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice.  This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.

    Signed this 29th day of June, 2012.




    ______________________________                        ____________________________
    JOANN FIGUEROA                                                   GAIL R. LAWRENCE
    Area Director, El Paso Area Office                            President
    and Lubbock District Office                                      Texas State Technical College
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration          West Texas