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Safety Manual

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. The Association 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.

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 2022), 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 the Association'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.

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

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