E-fact 79: Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector

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EU
English
Portuguese, International
2014

Description

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.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Fabrication d'éléments en métal pour la construction
Fabrication de moteurs, génératrices et transformateurs électriques
Traitement et élimination des déchets non dangereux
CONSTRUCTION
Travaux d'installation électrique, plomberie et autres travaux d'installation
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Glues or Sealants
Applying Surface Coatings
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Processing Moldy Organic Materials
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Zoonoses
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Heat
Cold
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

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). 

Styrene

CAS Number: 
100-42-5
EC number: 
202-851-5
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
OSH consultant
Policy makers
Researchers
Safety officers

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