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eSafety Tracker

APPA is in the process of assessing the tracker to determine potential enhancements and upgrades. We conducted a series of listening sessions to seek member feedback on how we can make this platform more beneficial to the public power community.

Safety Manual

The American Public Power Association’s Safety Manual is the premier source for safety compliance information for utilities and their employees. Updated in 2023 by APPA’s Safety Manual Revision Task Force, the manual is the premier source of information for electric utility safe work practices. Featuring more than 200 changes, the 17th edition includes the latest OSHA and NESC 2023 updates and assists with NESC 2023 compliance. Several sections, including communications and switching, have been added.  

Safety Manual Interpretation Requests and Change Proposals

The SMRT Force welcomes questions to ensure correct implementation of safety standards. If you have any questions about the new Safety Manual, you may submit an interpretation request. Address only one topic per request. Should you have questions on multiple topics, submit a separate request for each topic. Please allow up to four weeks for your request to be processed. If a change proposal references documents that are not readily available to the SMRT Force, the submitter shall upload materials referenced to supply the SMRT Force.

Submit a change for the 18th Edition Safety Manual (to be published in 2028). All proposed changes will be considered by the SMRT Force.

Safety Awards of Excellence

The 2023 Safety Awards of Excellence are now open! Submit your entry form today. This award year brings changes that provide a more comprehensive and holistic approach in highlighting the definition of safety. Awardees can achieve Diamond, Platinum, and Gold levels based on a numeric scoring system. There is also now an application fee for the awards. Please check out additional details and information in the Safety Awards of Excellence Guidebook before applying. 

All members interested in applying must submit the award entry form by January 31, 2024 to be considered for an award.

166 public power utilities were awarded for their incident rates and safety programs in 2022. 

Every year APPA releases a safety benchmarking report with tabular and graphical evaluations of the data submitted to the Safety Awards of Excellence. View a copy of the 2022 Safety Awards of Excellence Annual Report.

OSHA Changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated the 1926 Subpart V (construction) 1910.260 (general industry) standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and electrical protective equipment. Here are some guides to help you comply with amendments to federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269.

More Safety Resources

Have a safety question to ask of other utilities? Join the Safety Listserv to ask questions, get answers, and share best practices and resources by completing this form or emailing [email protected]

For the latest news and updates, visit our safety topic page.