One year and three year subscriptions of the eSafety Tracker are now available for purchase. The eSafety Tracker is a web-based application. If you have internet access and a web browser, you can access the service. The tracker allows users to record safety meetings, job briefings and three different types of incidents: injuries, near misses, and property damage. Users can also access a digital version of the APPA Safety Manual. More information regarding the eSafety tracker can be found here.
The American Public Power Association’s Safety Manual is the premier source for safety compliance information for utilities. The manual is steeply discounted for members. APPA works with the SMRT Force (Safety Manual Revision Task Force) to update the manual every 4 to 5 years to reflect NESC, OSHA standards, and important changes in the industry. The 16th edition of the Safety Manual was released in May 2017 and incorporates amendments to federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269.
Please note that an errata sheet has been added for the 16th edition of the Safety Manual.
The 17th Edition Safety Manual is set to be released January 2023! Please stay tuned for Launch Communications!
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 you wish to submit a change for the 17th Edition Safety Manual (to be published in 2023), please use this form. All proposed changes will be considered by the SMRT Force.
Each submission shall only address one topic. Additional submissions must be made for each additional topic. 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.
Safety Awards of Excellence
Member utilities are invited to apply for APPA's safety awards by submitting annual injury and illness incidence rate report forms. Members must submit these forms every year for three consecutive years. Applications are judged in multiple groups based on worker exposure hours. The winners of each group is determined by the lowest overall recordable injuries and illness cases for all staff. All shifts are considered, including operating, producing, maintenance, clerical, and office shifts. Awards are given for first, second, and third place as well as honorable mentions in each competing group.
The 2022 Safety Awards of Excellence will open for entries January 2023. To be considered for an award, your organization must submit an online entry form by January 31, 2023 and comply with the Safety Awards Rules and Regulations. You can also review the Guidelines for Entries for more information about entering the awards and a PDF version of the entry form.
129 public power utilities were awarded for their excellent safety records in 2020.
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 2020 Safety Awards of Excellence Annual Report here.
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.
- Understanding OSHA Changes: A Reference Guide with Checklists (errata sheet)
- Overview of updates to Subpart V and 1910.269
- Archived webinars from OSHA, EEI, and IBEW on Minimum Approach Distance, Fall Protection, Host Employer Contractor (Information Transfer), and Arc Protection
- Side by side comparison of prior 1910.269 rule with new 1910.269 rule (2014)
- Final Rule in Federal Register (4/11/2014)
More Safety Resources
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