ASSE's Utilities Practice Specialty addresses SH&E issues within electrical, solar and wind generation, natural gas transmission and distribution, water/wastewater, telecommunications, public works and other utility areas. Through this group, members are given access to technical information specific to safety professionals in the utilities industry and defined networking opportunities. The Utilities Practice Specialty allows members to maximize their ASSE membership through targeted resources.

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The Utilities Practice Specialty invites you to attend our first Open Web Meeting.

We’re excited to have Mr. Mike Caro, HSE Manager, Willbros Field Solutions and a member of the Utilities Practice Specialty Advisory Committee on hand to share updates to the OSHA Standards for Generation, Transmission, and Distribution of Electricity. The web meeting will also be an opportunity to share some of the activities of the Utilities Practices Specialty and a chance for you to submit topics for further meetings. We want to provide a forum to discuss the safety topics that concern you and allow you to share your experience with others.

The Web meeting took place on August 5, 2015.
Here are the slides and a recording of the call.

Updates to the OSHA Standards for Generation, Transmission, and Distribution of Electricity

The revision to 29CFR1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V became law in April 2014, but we are still adjusting to the changes, and still anticipating compliance dates for some of the changes. In this call we will review the pertinent changes and upcoming compliance dates and take a deeper dive into the four most impactful changes from the revised regulation—transfer of information; minimum approach distances; fall protection; and electrical arc protection.

There will be a question and answer session for attendees during the presentation; however, should you have specific questions already formulated, please email them to Mike Caro at least two days in advance of this meeting.  This will assist us in ensuring your questions are answered.

Mike Caro is currently the HSE Manager for Willbros Field Solutions. He has been involved with the electric utility industry for over 26 years – 17 plus years of that as a line worker for both contractors and utilities and the last nine as a safety professional. Mike serves on the national advisory committee of the Utilities Practice Specialty and is a board member for the Utility Safety and Ops Leadership Network (USOLN). He holds the CUSP certification with the USOLN and has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis Christian College.

Please join us; we want to hear from you.

Member Benefits

  • Network with top utility professionals via LinkedIn, Facebook, conference calls and annual face-to-face meetings.
  • Triannual electronic technical publications via email (must have a valid email address on file) and accessible in the Members Only section (under “Resources”).
  • Access to 150+ interviews with top industry professionals.
  • Publication opportunities.
  • Advisory committee guidance and advice.
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunities.
  • Discounts on group-sponsored webinars.
  • Group sponsorship on conference speaking proposals by sending them to ASSE Staff and the Practice Specialty Conferences & Seminars Chair listed below.
  • Mentoring services.

Volunteer Advisory Committee

Administrator: David Driver
Assistant Administrator: Connie Muncy
Content Coordinator: Michael Carter
Secretary: Bill Paolello
Membership Chair: Jessica Richardson
Awards & Honors: Jeremy Presnal
Professional Development: Scott Myles
Asst. Professional Development Chair: Russ Wong
Body of Knowledge Chair: Barbara Principe
Website/Social Media Chair: Michael Caro
Governmental Affairs: Stephen Brooks





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