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Safety Manual

The American Public Power Association’s Safety Manual is the premier source for safety compliance information for your utility. The manual is steeply discounted for members. The Association works with the SMRT Force (Safety Manual Revision Task Force) to update the manual every 4 to 5 years to reflect important changes in industry as well as NESC and OSHA standards. 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.

Safety Manual Interpretation Requests and Change Proposals

To ensure correct implementation of material presented in the Safety Manual, the task force welcomes your questions. If you have any questions on the new Safety Manual, you can submit an interpretation request. Address only one topic per request. Should you have questions on multiple topics, then 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 to be considered for the 17th Edition of the Safety Manual (to be published in 2022), please use this form. All proposed changes will be compiled and presented to 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 the Association's safety awards by submitting annual report forms for injury and illness incidence rates, every year for three consecutive years. Applications are judged in multiple groups based on number of worker hours of exposure. The winner of each group is the utility with the lowest overall incidence rate of recordable injury and illness cases for employees and supervisors on all shifts including operating, production, maintenance, clerical, office, and all other departments of the utility. Awards are given for first, second, and third place as well as honorable mentions in each competing group.

In 2018, 108 public power utilities were awarded for their excellent safety records in 2017. View a report of the data submitted for the awards.

The 2017 annual entry form is officially open for submission.  We ask that every utility fills out the online entry form, though if needed, a PDF version is available as well. Check out the rules and review guidelines for entries.

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 help you comply with amendments to federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269.

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