Safety Manual

The American Public Power Association (APPA) and the Safety Manual Working Group (SMWG) welcome your feedback in development of the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual. 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 Safety Manual Working Group.

The American Public Power Association’s Safety Manual is the premier source for safety compliance information for your utility.

Revised in April 2017, the Safety Manual for an Electric Utility, 16th Edition promotes a safe and injury-free environment for your employees. This edition includes the April 2014 OSHA updates to 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269 as well as NESC 2017 updates. Revisions and additions have been made across all sections of the manual: Definitions, General Rules (section 1), Health and Environmental Control (section 2), Chemical and Physical Hazard Control (section 3), Personal Protective Equipment (section 4), Electric Utility Operations (section 5). New material includes nearly 20 definitions, 1 subsection, and 2 appendices.


  • Wireless Electronic Devices
  • Employee Training and Job Briefings
  • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED
  • Pole-top rescue
  • Crystalline Silica
  • Personal Protective Equipment (including clothing)
  • Work on Energized and deenergized cables
  • Metering

A must read for:

  • Journeyman and Apprentice Lineworkers
  • Operations Professionals
  • Safety Professionals

The manual is steeply discounted for members. APPA works with the Safety Manual Revision Task Force (SMRT 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.

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.