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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. 
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    Changing the Hidden Safety Culture

    Nov 14, 2018
    A “Leading Thoughts” article by Robert Pater examines the hidden aspects of safety culture and their effect on an organization. He also outlines 10 steps leaders can take to identify and address these underlying issues.
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    OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

    Nov 08, 2018
    OSHA has published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.
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    Measuring the Effectiveness of Toolbox Safety Training

    Nov 08, 2018
    A recent study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIOSH researchers examined the impact of toolbox talks, particularly those that include a narrative element, on the knowledge gain experienced by workers who participated.
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    First-Ever Industry-Specific Sustainability Accounting Standards Issued

    Nov 07, 2018
    Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has issued a set of 77 industry-specific standards that aim to enable businesses to effectively disclose financially material, decision-useful sustainability information to investors.
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    Safety Pros Can Learn About Total Worker Health at Seminarfest 2019

    Nov 06, 2018
    At ASSP's Seminarfest 2019, attendees can learn why the Total Worker Health model developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the way of the future. The advanced approach can help break down organizational silos and foster a more holistic view of employee well-being.

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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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