Announcements

  • DOI Policy Statement on Regulating Workplace Safety and Health Conditions on Renewable Energy Facili

    This week, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a policy statement on regulating workplace safety and health conditions on renewable energy facilities on the outer continental shelf (OCS).  The statement clarifies the role of DOI in regulating in this area. DOI will act as the principal Federal agency for regulation and enforcement of safety and health requirements for OCS renewable energy facilities pursuant to Title 43 United States Code Section 1337 and Title 35 Code of Federal Regulations Part 585.   This authority applies to the facilities themselves only, noting, “OCS renewable energy facility support vessels...are under the authority of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).”  

    The statement goes on to specify, “DOI considers its regulatory program, described in part above, to occupy the field of workplace safety and health for personnel and others on OCS renewable energy facilities, and to preempt the applicability of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. See 29 U.S.C. 653(b)(1).”  Though, the statement also indicates that DOI will collaborate and consult with OSHA and USCG as necessary. Representatives from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at DOI as well as OSHA will be on the safety panel at AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER event in Boston Wednesday at 1:45 pm.  For more information, contact Michele Mihelic.

  • Awards Now Open - Submit by November 1

    AWEA Safety and Health Recognition Award and AWEA Excellence in Operations Award

    AWEA Safety and Health Recognition Award:
    The AWEA Safety and Health Recognition Award honors a business, enterprise, or entity that is an AWEA member in good standing who demonstrates consistent improvement in safety performance. The award program aims to recognize organizations that have health and safety well integrated as a key-value and in which measurable achievements can be demonstrated and verified. Click here to submit an application. The application deadline is November 1.

    AWEA Excellence in Operations Award:
    The AWEA Operations in Excellence Award is open to all AWEA member companies. The award aims to recognize organizations that promote excellence, advance best safety practices, and celebrate breaking through traditionally held barriers by advancing operations through non-traditional methods. Click here to submit a nomination. Nomination deadline is November 1.
    Let me know if you have questions.
  • 2020 CLEANPOWER Call for Proposals Open

    Deadline submission is October 7, 2019.
    We’ve welcomed pan-renewable and multi-technology businesses at WINDPOWER for years. In 2020, we’re throwing the doors open, creating an even bigger opportunity for companies in wind, solar, storage and other clean energy technologies to learn and do business across the utility- scale power sector. These industries will converge at CLEANPOWER 2020, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers and buyers under one roof.
  • AWEA Excellence in Operations Award

    The AWEA Excellence in Operations Award is now open. The deadline to submit is November 1. The award is open to all AWEA member companies and aims to recognize organizations that promote excellence, advance best safety practices, and celebrate breaking through traditionally held barriers by advancing operations through non-traditional methods.
  • OMS Call for Proposals Deadline: September 13

    The deadline to submit a proposal for the AWEA 2020 Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference is next Friday, September 13. This is your opportunity to share your expertise in safety, training, O&M application, and emerging technology.

    Click here to view all topics.

    Click here to submit a proposal.
  • ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative Meeting

    Registration Open for 2019 ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative Meeting

    Launch Meeting for Version 2 Update of Standardization Roadmap; Register by September 3

    ANSI has announced the opening of registration for the 2019 meeting of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC), scheduled for September 12 in Washington, DC. The event is the official kickoff meeting to support the development of a version 2 update of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (December 2018).

  • Fall Committee Meeting Schedule

    The AWEA Wind Workforce Standards Committee and the Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee will meet on August 27. The AWEA Operations Committee and its subcommittees and working groups will meet during August 28 – 29. The meetings are held in Washington, DC at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Click here to register online, registration is free. Click here to download the schedule.
    AWEA has secured a limited number of discount rooms for meeting attendees. The discounted rate ($179.00 per night plus applicable taxes) will be available while group rooms remain until August 5, 2019. Click here for hotel information.
  • Public Input: Ohio Power Siting Board Proposes New Rules On Wind Incident Reporting

    The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) is seeking public input on proposed new rules requiring wind operators to report turbine incidents to the board. The OPSB recently issued proposed rules applicable to wind-powered electric generation facilities in Ohio Administrative Code 4906-4-09. The board now seeks comments on the proposed rules from members of the public and industry stakeholders by July 11 and reply comments by July 26. The OPSB also seeks comments on a proposed revision to its rules to make explicit that turbine operators adhere to local building codes. Additional information about the OPSB decisions is available at OPSB.ohio.gov. A copy of the entry seeking comments is available in case 19-778-GE-ORD. Contact Michele Mihelic if you would like to provide comments.  

  • Department of Labor Schedules Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Meeting

    The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) on July 17-18, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The committee will meet from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 17, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 18. Both meetings will be held in Conference Rooms N-5437 A-D at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. The meeting is open to the public. The tentative agenda includes updates from OSHA directorates and a discussion of proposals to add a reference to the definition of “confined space” that applies to welding activities in construction and clarify the requirements for the fit of personal protective equipment in construction. Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by mail, or facsimile. Read the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments and requests must be submitted by July 5, 2019.

     

    Additionally, the Department recently selected 15 new and reappointed members to serve on the committee. The members represent the public, employers, employees, and federal and state government interests. Each serves a two-year term. Click here to view the list of new and reappointed members.
  • Fall Committee Meetings I August 27 - 29, Washington, DC

    The AWEA Operations Committee and its subcommittees and working groups will meet during the Fall Committee Meetings August 27 – 29 in Washington, DC. The Quality Assurance Subcommittee and the working groups for EHS, O&M, and Workforce Development will meet during this time. In addition, the AWEA Wind Workforce Standards Committee and the Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee will meet on August 27. Please register online, registration is free.

    Click here for hotel information.
  • OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. Comments are due on August 18, if you are interested in participating in the development of AWEA comments on behalf of the wind energy industry, please reach out to Michele Mihelic. Click here for the press release.

    OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been using control circuit devices, including information about the types of circuitry and safety procedures being used; limitations of their use, to determine under what other conditions control circuit-type devices could be used safely; new risks of worker exposure to hazardous energy as a result of increased interaction with robots; and whether the agency should consider changes to the LOTO standard that would address these new risks.

     The current LOTO standard, published in 1989, requires that all sources of energy be controlled during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment using an energy-isolating device. The standard specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices, but the agency recognizes recent technological advances may have improved the safety of control circuit-type devices.
  • OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

    OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
  • 3M Fall Protection Notice

    Here is the recording from the April 25 call and follow up materials.
  • OSHA 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.
  • Safety Data Collection Closes April 12

    Go to safetydata.awea.org to complete the safety data collection survey. The AWEA Safety Data Collection Survey collects 2018 injury and illness data from your company's OSHA 300 log. All information collected will remain anonymous and participants will receive a copy of the final report. As an additional incentive to participating in the survey and the subcommittee’s other work, the AWEA EHS Steering Working Group and AWEA’s Executive Management Team are announcing participation levels that will be recognized as well as discounts for an attendee at our annual safety seminar. Lastly, participants of the 2019 AWEA Safety Data Collection Report are also eligible to apply for the 2020 AWEA Safety and Health Excellence Recognition program! Please submit your data by April 12.
  • WINDPOWER Committee Meeting Schedule

    The committee meeting schedule is online, click here. Please note the schedule is subject to change.
  • Safety Data Collection Webinar March 15th

    The AWEA Safety Data Collection Report is produced annually where incident data is collected from companies in the wind industry. The purpose of this report is to help companies benchmark themselves against their peers, improve their performance, and to identify areas of focus for training or other activities, including priority focus areas for AWEA’s EHS Subcommittee. Join us on an informative webinar on Friday, March 15th from 12-1 pm to learn more about this report and to see a live demo on how to complete the survey and to learn about the changes to the survey. Presenters include Gemma Smith, Director of EHS and Training, Geronimo Energy and Christopher Daniels, Safety Director, Wind Energy Operating Group, Mortenson.  AWEA will be collecting safety data until April 12, 2019. All information collected will remain anonymous and participants will receive a copy of the final report.  Please visit safetydata.awea.org to enter your data on or before Friday, April 12, 2019.
  • Register for the AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference

    The AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference 2019 returns to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA on February 27 – 28, 2019. The AWEA Standards Committees and the Quality Assurance Subcommittee and the working groups for EHS, O&M, and Workforce Development will meet during February 25 – 26, 2019.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

    OSHA published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.

    The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements.

    The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019. For more information visit www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/. Click here to view the final rule.
  • 2019 Wind Power on Capitol Hill

    On March 5 & 6, 2019, AWEA will hold its annual Wind Power on Capitol Hill event, the biggest wind industry advocacy day event for AWEA members. During this two-day event you will:

    ·        Participate in an advocacy boot camp where you’ll learn from the pros the most effective techniques for conducting meetings on the Hill and foster long-lasting relationships with your elected officials.

    ·        Put that training to work in face-to-face meetings with your elected officials and their staff.

    ·        Understand how federal policies will shape the future of U.S. wind development and have a major influence on the future of American wind power.

    ·        Network with your colleagues in the industry and congressional staff at a reception on Capitol Hill and become empowered to make this event the springboard to your continued advocacy efforts. 

    Your participation in Wind Power on Capitol Hill can make a huge difference in gaining support in the 116th Congress to keep American wind power growing.

    Please join us. And please also consider inviting members of your supply chain, leaseholders, community members, as well as your family - we need their voices, too! Click here for a fact sheet.

    Register today!

    For questions about Wind Power on Capitol Hill 2017, please contact Jenna Marinstein by phone (202-368-8107) or email jmarinstein@awea.org.
  • OSHA Announces National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 6-10, 2019

    Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.