Swedish Wind Energy Association’s work on work environment and safety

The wind power industry is expanding rapidly, therefore it is important that the approach to work environment and safety is kept up and developped.

For that reason, a member council was launched in 2012, focusing exclusively on work environment and safety issues in order to improve safety in the industry. The council raises important issues for discussion, identifies common development areas and produces industry-wide guidelines. The Work Environment and Safety Council formed working goupes and produced guidelines on three priority areas:

  • Work in cold climates, with risks such as ice throw
  • Increased minimum level of knowledge among subcontractors
  • Fire precautions and rescue efforts

The guidelines are provided in Swedish and will be translated into English and published here.

The wind power industry embraces a vision of zero accidents: The vision of zero accidents means that no one should get hurt when working with wind power and this also means that the public should feel safe and that no one will be hurt during the wind power operating time. The vision is communicated as part of the Swedish Wind Energy Associations’s work to improve work environment and safety, along with the guidelines above. Useful advise may also be found (in Swedish) in the compilation “Vindkraft och arbetsmiljö“.

In addition to the above, there is a wish from the Swedish Wind Energy Board that members should, as far as possible, join the free AFA-owned non-conformance reporting system called ENIA. A prerequisite for achieving safer workplaces is that accidents and incidents are reported so that lessons are learned and actions can be introduced to reduce the risk of repeating the same mistakes. Many companies now have their own internal routines and reporting systems for experience retrieval, but it is very important that these experiences are also reported within the industry. ENIA has been in use for many years in the energy industry. The system is free and it is compatible with most other systems. If more companies join the ENIA, the safety in the wind power industry can be improved and specific wind industry statistics could be collected.

Our questions and answers section contains more information on wind power and safety. The Swedish Work Environment Authority’s new thematic page about wind power provides information on about risks and current rules. The page can be found here (Swedish).