Taiwan’s OSHA authority takes cue from UK wind turbine safety inspections

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On 23 March 2023, the Taiwan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is also responsible for the import licences of ITRI-certified products participated in the G+ (Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation) Stakeholder Forum. The topic was health and safety specifically at offshore wind turbines. As offshore wind power is still a fairly new field for Taiwan, OSHA wants to learn from other countries how to build and operate their own wind turbines safely.

A particular example for the Taiwanese authority here was the OSH inspection system in offshore wind farms in the UK, which is based on self-inspections and risk assessments. OSHA has formed inspection and control groups and developed the relevant regulations for wind turbine construction safety, and is already a world leader in occupational health and safety, as shown by Taiwan Power Company’s projects, which commissioned a total of 43 offshore wind turbines in November 2019 and June 2021 respectively. The company did not have a single accident during the construction of the turbine. Nevertheless, OSHA was able to learn a lot through the international exchange, reported the Director General of Taiwan OSHA, Dr. Tzou Tzu-Lien, and he hopes to deepen the international exchange in the future.

Whether there will be a need for ITRI certification or OSHA licensing for wind turbine components in the future is yet to be seen, but if there is, you will be the first to hear about it here.

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