Utilities Practice Specialties


Join the Utilities Practice Specialty for access to a network of safety and utilities subject-matter experts, as well as relevant industry education and information.

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ASSP’s Utilities Practice Specialty member community is the premier resource for ASSP members looking for technical knowledge and expertise within the utility industry on issues related to electrical, solar and wind generation, natural gas transmission and distribution, water or wastewater treatment, telecommunications, public works and other utility areas.

What We Do

For ASSP members within the Utilities Practice Specialty community, we provide the following:

  • Networking opportunities via social media groups, conference calls and in-person meetings like the annual Professional Development Conference so you can connect with top industry professionals.
  • Professional development opportunities, including utilities industry and OSH-focused education you can immediately put into practice, mentor relationships that facilitate sharing knowledge, and volunteer and leadership opportunities to build your skills and enhance your resume.
  • Safety-related, utilities-industry-focused content and information that you can also immediately implement, as well as share with employers and colleagues, to create safe, productive work environments.

Why It Matters

Workers in the utilities industry face a wide range safety hazards that can produce serious and fatal injuries. This makes it especially important for you to have access to a network of safety professionals within the utilities industry who can provide real-world guidance and support, along with access to the latest technical content that offers direction on the unique challenges you face.

How to Join

ASSP members: Log in to your ASSP account to upgrade your membership.

Non-members: Join ASSP and your desired practice specialties at the same time.


Get the latest news from the ASSP Utilities Practice Specialty community, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy. 
  • Protective Trenching System

    Keeping Workers Safe During Trenching and Excavation

    Aug 14, 2018
    Excavation and trenching are some of the most dangerous activities in construction, but the hazards are preventable. By taking the proper steps, contractors and workers can have confidence that they can conduct excavation and trenching operations safely.
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    Free Webinar: ISO 45001 Implementation and Organizational Barriers to Success

    Aug 11, 2018
    Join the Manufacturing and Utilities Practice Specialties for a free webinar, "ISO 45001 Implementation and Organizational Barriers to Success," on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Speaker Jessica Richardson will present the key concepts of ISO 45001, discuss differences in OSH management systems standards, identify barriers to OSHMS implementation and review key performance indicators.
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    Real and Present Danger: Carcinogens in the Workplace

    Aug 10, 2018
    Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way through our connections to family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It's likely that some of these cancers cases have been related to work, whether through exposure to a carcinogen or due to specific circumstances at work. Utilities Practice Specialty Administrator Connie Muncy's July 2018 PSJ article takes a deep dive into the topic.
  • Fall Protection Safety Harness

    The Top 10 Fall Protection Misuses and What to Do About Them

    Jul 31, 2018
    A peer-reviewed article by Craig Galecka, P.E., CSP, and Shawn Smith, CSP, titled “Fall Protection: Top 10 Misuses & What to Do About Them,” highlights common mistakes that are made when using fall protection equipment, and ways to avoid them.
  • OSHA Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

    Jul 30, 2018
    OSHA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that it says will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be reidentified with a particular individual. This rulemaking would remove provisions of the agency's current recordkeeping rule.


Leadership Opportunities

Go beyond belonging to the Utilities Practice Specialty community and volunteer for a position on our Advisory Committee. Or, consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which, after two years, leads to the office of administrator. As a volunteer leader, you can lend your time and expertise to our many initiatives, while developing transferable leadership and team-building skills. Leadership positions within ASSP help members reach their highest level of performance — both on the job and in the Society.

Interested in leading?

Learn about ASSP elections

Need help?

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Utilities Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Connie L Muncy, CIH, REM

Advisory Committee Member Rene Kalkman

Advisory Committee Member Jordan Davidson

Advisory Committee Member Sunny Bradford

Advisory Committee Member David A Driver, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Russell Wong, CSP, CPEA

Advisory Committee Member Paul D Chaney

Assistant Administrator Michael K Carter, CSP

Assistant Awards & Honors Chair Moe Collins

Assistant Membership Chair Jessica L Richardson, CSP, CHST, OHST

Assistant Professional Development Chair Elvira Glanville, CRSP

Awards & Honors Chair Jeremy W Presnal, CSP, CHST, OHST, ASP

Content Coordinator Jenniffer Zillmer, M.S., CSP

Government Affairs Chair William J Paolello

Membership Chair Berj L Bush

Nominations & Elections Chair Jeremy W Presnal, CSP, CHST, OHST, ASP

Professional Development Chair Russell Wong, CSP, CPEA

Secretary Debra Fisher, CSMP, CSHM

Social Media Chair Berj L Bush

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

Standards Chair William J Paolello

Technical Question Coordinator Jeremy W Presnal, CSP, CHST, OHST, ASP

Water/Wastewater Chai Kanwer A Khan, P.E., CSP, CRSP, QEP

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