Safety Manual 16th Edition

APPA Safety Manual 16th Edition 

The American Public Power Association Safety Manual is updated every 4-5 years to reflect important changes in industry, including NESC and OSHA standards, making this manual the premier source for safety compliance information for all utility employees. The 16th Edition of the Safety Manual was released in March 2017 and can now be purchased. Recent amendments to federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269 are incorporated.

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The Safety Manual Revision Task (SMRT) Force analyzed over 175 change proposals when developing the 16th Edition of the Safety Manual. If you have any questions on the new Safety Manual, you can submit an interpretation request using the link below. Each submission shall only address one topic. Additional submissions must be made for each additional topic. Please allow up to four weeks for your request to be processed. After a consensus from the SMRT Force, you will receive the answer to your interpretation request via email. 

APPA Safety Manual Interpretations

The Safety Manual Revision Task (SMRT) Force analyzes each interpretation request submitted about the new APPA Safety Manual. Interpretations are meant to ensure the correct implementation of the Safety Manual. 

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Safety Awards of Excellence

2016 APPA Safety Awards of Excellence

Each year, the Safety Awards are open to any Association member utility, Joint Action Agency, Federal Agency, and State Association/Agency that wishes to participate. Awards are given out to the participating eligible utilities with the lowest incidence rate within each group. Since participation is voluntary, the rules are set up to encourage consistent involvement.

List of all 2016 Safety Awards winners

The 2017 Safety Awards of Excellence Will Be Open for Entry - January 2018

APPA Safety Awards of Excellence Rules and Regulations

APPA Safety Awards of Excellence: A Guide to Correct Entries for Electric Utilities

2016 Safety Awards of Excellence Report Form

Safety Awards Statistics

2016 Safety Awards of Excellence Report

This report provides both tabular and graphical evaluations of the data submitted to the American Public Power Association’s (The Association) annual Safety Awards of Excellence for 2016. The purpose of compiling this data is to offer a benchmark for individual municipal utilities.

Any questions about the Safety Awards of Excellence should be directed to Ethan Epstein at; (202) 467 - 2924.

OSHA 1910.269 and Subpart V

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated the 1926 Subpart V (construction) 1910.260 (General Industry) standards for Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment. 

Updates on this topic will be posted here as they become available.

Understanding OSHA Changes

Understanding OSHA Changes: A Reference Guide with Checklists helps you comply with recent amendments to federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.137 and 29 CFR 1910.269. Funded by a grant from APPA’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program, the guidebook contains an overview of the requirements, an appendix with definitions, and applicable tables and charts. It features numerous checklists and forms, which you’ll receive via email upon purchase, to use to verify compliance. Published in 2016, 230 pages.


Safety Resources

The APPA Safety Package, a comprehensive kit to help your utility maintain a safe working environment, includes one each of the following: full set of SafetySmart DVDs, the current edition of the APPA Safety Manual, FEMA Guidebook for Public Power ManagersTeam-Driven Safety Management, and the Security Checklist & Guidance Manual. These items can also be purchased separately.  

For more inofrmation about these and other safety resources from APPA, visit our online Product Store.

Workplace hazards are ever‐present and a part of the daily job of a utility worker. From casual cutting to fully geared linework, hazards pose a significant amount of risk. Utility workers spend considerable time briefing and training to mitigate the everyday risks and hazards of work. However, at times it can be hard to know where simple safety improvements can be made. Therefore, Association staff have created several reports compiling examples of best practices in safety programs. If you're looking for sample forms and checklists provided by some of our Diamond-designated RP3 utilities, take a look at the reports listed below!