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.
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  • 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.