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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.

Who We Are

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.

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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.

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  • 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.

News

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. 
  • Conduct the Assessment

    Conducting a Risk Assessment

    Feb 12, 2019
    Risk assessment serves many purposes for an organization, including reducing operational risks, improving safety performance and achieving objectives.
  • drone near construction site

    Did You Know OSHA Has a Drone Inspection Policy?

    Feb 12, 2019
    In May 2018, OSHA issued an internal memorandum outlining the procedures for inspectors to follow when using drones as part of a work site inspection. To date, no link to the document is publicly available.
  • George Washington Carver

    African American Achievements in Safety

    Feb 07, 2019
    These safety pioneers had vision and made life safer for others. They were innovators and inspirations—and they made a difference.
  • Robot arms working on an automobile production line

    The Evolution of Prevention Through Design and Risk Assessment: A Personal Perspective

    Jan 29, 2019
    In a peer-reviewed article titled “PTD Before Risk Assessment: A Historical Perspective,” Michael Taubitz provides his insights into the history of PTD and risk assessment in the automotive industry and lessons these practices taught him throughout his career.
  • ASSP Community Login Screen

    Connecting With Your ASSP Community

    Jan 23, 2019
    The ASSP Community offers an exclusive space where ASSP members can become thought leaders and engage with other members around the globe.

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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.

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Utilities Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Jeremy W Presnal, CSP, CHST, OHST

Advisory Committee Member Rene Kalkman, M.S., ASP

Advisory Committee Member Jeffrey Koelsch, GSP

Advisory Committee Member Paul D Chaney

Assistant Membership Chair Bradley Leininger

Awards & Honors Chair Rene Kalkman, M.S., ASP

Content Coordinator Jenniffer Zillmer, M.S., CSP

Government Affairs Chair Jeffrey Koelsch, GSP

Membership Chair Jenniffer Zillmer, M.S., CSP

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

Professional Development Chair Russell Wong, CSP, CPEA

Secretary Michael K Carter, CSP

Social Media Chair Rex Butler, CSP, OHST, CIT

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

Technical Question Coordinator Travis Livermore, CSP

Water/Wastewater Chai Joshua G Fisher, CSP

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