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APPA offers new track of safety and reliability courses this spring

From the March 6, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 6, 2014

APPA is offering a series of five, in-depth safety and reliability courses at the association’s Spring Education Institute, May 5-9, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The courses are:
•    Analyzing and Improving Reliability with APPA’s eRelibility Tracker – May 5     

•    Overview and Practical Applications of the APPA Safety Manual – May 6         

•    Accident Investigation and Near Miss Reporting – May 7                                       

•    Personal Protective Grounding Practices – May 7                                                   

•    Overview and Application of OSHA Regulations that Apply to Public Power Utilities – May 8                     
The reliability class is designed for current users of the APPA tracker service, as well as those inter­ested in improving or maintaining reliability and learning about reliability analytics. The safety classes are designed for managers, safety professionals, engineers, and other utility staff who make decisions concerning safety. All courses incorporate public power case studies.

The half-day Analyzing and Improving Reliability with APPA’s eReliability Tracker course will review IEEE reliability concepts, review APPA’s eReliability Tracker system and provide tips to help users effectively analyze and report utility outage data.

In the full-day Safety Manual course, participants will learn about the application, organization and purpose of the APPA Safety Manual and the important changes effective with the 2012 edition. The manual has been revised and expanded since its prior publication in 2008. There are revised sections on: personal protective equipment guidelines, wireless electronic devices, pole-top rescue, security and CPR/first aid/AED. There are new sections on: bucket truck/aerial lift rescue, substations and hazardous energy control (underground section). There will be special emphasis on Section 507 (overhead distribution and transmission) to cover the intent and background of these safety rules. The course will be led by Mike Byrd, supervisor of safety and training for ElectriCities of North Carolina, and Mike Willets, director of training and safety for the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association. Each participant will receive a copy of the new manual.  

The third safety course, Accident Investigation and Near Miss Reporting, is also a half-day class. It will be led by Marc Machacek, regional safety coordinator for the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association. He will highlight the important role of near-miss reporting, developing a positive platform for reporting and recording near misses to prevent them from escalating to lost-time incidents, and conducting accident investigations, with emphasis on root cause analysis and how to use this information to prevent future incidents.

In the new, half-day Personal Protective Grounding Practices class, the instructor will cover the importance of personal protective grounding and proper grounding techniques. This class will be led by George Patrick, area supervisor of transmission operations for Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner, S.C.

A new, full-day course, Overview and Application of OSHA Regulations that Apply to Public Power Utilities, will cover requirements and best practices on some of the most important OSHA regulations and their application to situations commonly encountered at electric utilities. It will be led by Ron Cook, who has over 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry and specializes in safety and skills training.

Attendees can earn credits toward their professional certifications by attending these events. APPA offers continuing education units, professional development hours and continuing professional education credits for participating in courses.

In addition to these classes, the Spring Education Institute features in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, conducting a utility financial check-up and two certificate programs on energy efficiency management and public power supervisory skills/leadership. There is a $100 discount for those who attend multiple courses or who attend with a colleague; and a $50 discount for registering before April 14.

For more information, visit and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or


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