This factsheet focuses on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues in the wind energy sector and is aimed at raising awareness and supporting good OSH in onshore and offshore facilities. It summarises the findings from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) report ‘Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector’ (EU-OSHA, 2013). It considers the activities associated with wind energy and identifies specific hazards to workers across the entire life cycle of wind turbines, from the design and manufacturing of parts, through their transport, installation and maintenance, to emergency rescue and waste treatment.
Chemicals that workers may be exposed to may be epoxy resins (used in paints, glues or composite materials), nanomaterials (used in paints), dusts containing carbon nanotubes or other nanomaterials, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), styrene, dust and fumes from fibreglass, hardeners, aerosols and carbon etc.
Workers may get in contact with biological agents when working at the wind park (onsite or offsite).