The initiative, coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners across the 27 EU member state, revolves around a wide range of activities at both the European and national level that promote safe maintenance and encourage the engagement of business owners, workers and their representatives.
The campaign’s partners include over 30 European companies and associations from the public and private sectors, including Gamesa, The European Safety Federation, Delphi, General Electric Energy, Baxter, Toyota and Pirelli & C SpA. The initiative also enjoys the backing of the Spanish and Belgian European Presidencies in 2010 and the Hungarian and Polish presidencies 2011, as well as the support of the European Parliament, the European Commission and Europe’s social agents.
The campaign, which has been held every year for the past decade, will run through 2010 and 2011. Key dates include the Good Practice Awards event designed to identify best practice in safe maintenance. Also important are the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work to be held in October of both years, as well as a number of conferences, seminars and training sessions for workers, business owners and other stakeholders engaged in workplace maintenance.
Gamesa will be actively involved in the campaign, hosting a range of training and awareness-raising events through proprietary communications initiatives across Europe.
With more than 15 years’ experience in renewable energy technologies, primarily wind energy, Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines. Gamesa has installed more than 18,000 MW throughout the world. The annual equivalent of this wind energy output amounts to more than 4 million tons of petroleum (TEP) per year and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of about 27 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The company is also a global benchmark in the market for the development, construction and sale of wind farms, with more than 3,500 MW installed and a wind farm portfolio totalling 22,000 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, America and Asia.
With 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, USA, China and India, and 4,400 MW of annual manufacturing capacity, Gamesa has an international workforce of more than 6,300 people.