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Carl Potter to deliver safety keynote at E&O Technical Conference

From the February 27, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 27, 2013

The 2013 Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, to be held in Kissimmee, Fla., March 24-27, will open with a speech by Carl Potter, a certified safety professional and author of Who Is Responsible for Safety.

Carl Potter

Potter, who has spoken to utilities all over the country about developing robust safety programs, will discuss how to create a culture of safety. He also will lead a pre-conference session geared toward safety managers and anyone else who would like to learn about building a culture of safety in their organization.

Other safety-related sessions at the conference include:
•  The Influence of Human Behavior on a Culture of Safety
This session will examine the human behavior influences that can impact the development of a culture of safety that affects all utility employees, from apprentice to general manager.

•  Hot-Tag Relaying and Engineering Controls
Discussion will cover the technology behind designing equipment that trips off/out faster to provide a safer environment, while reducing the requirements for heavy FR clothing.

•  Fall Protection: Methods, Programs, and Policies
The speakers will explain how their utilities transitioned to fall protection programs.

•  Teaching Supervisors to be Safety Coaches
This session will cover improving the safety culture and effectiveness of established safety programs, improving employee morale, and aligning leadership coaching with progressive discipline when needed.

•  Safety Committee Roundtable

Roundtable discussions allow attendees to discuss specific issues in a more intimate environment. This year, the roundtable will discuss the 15th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration activities, U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, and other utility safety issues.

The hotel room reservation cut-off date is Wednesday, Feb. 27 (today) and the reduced conference registration rate ends on Monday, March 4. To review the full conference program, visit Any questions about the E&O can be directed to Miriam Ellis at 202/467-2994 or


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