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APPA offers in-person and online safety training this fall

From the July 26, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 26, 2013

By Meghan Riley
Education Coordinator

Worker safety is at the core of a utility’s commitment to service. Holding regular safety meetings, educating and engaging your employees on the latest rules and procedures and establishing a culture of safety are all critical elements to ensuring the delivery of safe and reliable electricity. To help utility employees achieve these goals, APPA is offering a variety of safety training — in online and in-person formats — this fall.
Utility employees can participate in a series of utility safety webinars (all held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time):

•    Fall Protection: Methods, Programs and Policies, Aug. 27
Proper use of fall protection and clear utility policies on its use are an important element of operations safety. As more utilities consider adopting fall protection, questions arise regarding how to establish a program. In this webinar, participants will learn how one utility transitioned to a fall protection program and hear lessons learned from their experience.

•    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Rescue, Sept. 4
Utilities must ensure that employees are properly trained in basic CPR, first aid, AED use and rescue. In the case of an emergency, proper training and education could mean the difference between life and death. This webinar will provide an overview of basic CPR, first aid, and AED use, as well as a step-by-step review of pole-top and bucket truck rescue. 

•    Creating a Safety Culture, Oct. 1
This webinar will cover the elements that can contribute to establishing a culture of safety at a utility, such as building employee character, motivation and morale, ensuring proper training and balancing discipline with commendation.

These webinars can be used as a monthly safety training session for employees. Utilities registering for any APPA webinar are permitted to use a speaker phone and projection screen so that more than one person can participate. Webinars are also recorded, for those who cannot participate live. Each webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.

The Fall Education Institute — Oct. 7-11 in San Antonio, Texas — also features a track of four new safety courses. These courses are designed for managers, safety professionals, electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, field personnel and utility staff who are responsible for or who make decisions concerning safety within transmission and distribution systems. 

•    Overview and Application of the APPA Safety Manual, Oct. 8
•    Establishing a Safety Culture at Your Utility, Oct. 9
•    Accident Investigation and Near Miss Reporting, Oct. 9
•    Practical Field Application of the 2012 National Electrical Safety Code, Oct. 10

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. There is also a $100 discount for those who attend multiple courses at the Institute or who attend with a colleague and a $50 discount for registering before Sept. 16.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Meghan Riley (; 202/467-2919).


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