Loss Control & Safety Services
Loss Control & Safety Services Programs
In the electrical utility trade unfortunately losses happen.
GCSECA offers loss control and safety services that provide its members with the training and education necessary to dramatically reduce the number of losses and the severity.
The loss control services are tailored to the electrical industry to prevent injuries and improve the overall safety culture at our member systems. The Loss Control & Safety Services staff helps our membership spot potential hazards to improve the safety culture and assist our members with regulatory compliance.
The GCSECA Loss Control & Safety Services department offers a wide variety of training, including specific lineman programs, general employee programs, and medical and first aid courses.
The lineman programs are based on the CFR 1910.269 standards and CFR 1926 standards. The trainings are also based on OSHA, IEEE, ASTM and ANSI standards.
The general employee programs are based on basic safety issues that can occur throughout the utility, such as office safety, fire extinguisher safety, conflict resolution and customer service. These programs are developed as needed or as requested by the membership.
Medical-related courses include basic first aid, AED and CPR training. We also teach classes on blood-borne pathogens, and common colds and viruses that exists in Arizona, California and New Mexico.
Federated Near Miss
Close calls and near misses happen on a daily basis in this industry.
Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange has developed a program to help recognize and prevent injuries.
A near miss is a potential hazard or incident that has not resulted in any personal injury. Unsafe working conditions, unsafe employee work habits, improper use of equipment or use of malfunctioning equipment all have the potential to cause work-related injuries. It is everyone’s responsibility to report and /or correct these potential accidents/incidents immediately.
Please complete this form to report a near-miss situation.
Mutual Aid Program
Mutual aid agreements are in place for GCSECA members. The mutual aid is the emergency preparedness that is managed by the statewide to help all members in a time of need. Veracity Connect is the web-based platform GCSECA uses to support this effort. This program helps in all aspects in an emergency. The program allows for mutual aid, critical spares and surplus management.
The Loss Control & Safety Services staff offers several special programs. These programs can be taught onsite at a member’s location (certain requirements for classroom settings) or can be held at GCSECA’s Tempe office.
Examples of special programs:
OSHA 10-hour Course
A two-day training that covers either general industry or construction. This class provides a better understanding of what OSHA is all about and why regulations are in place to protect workers.
OSHA 30-hour Course
A five-day course covering either general industry or construction. This is a hands-on course intended for all employees, supervisors and those in management roles. The class requires instructs participants on researching regulations, understanding the OSHA website and reviewing several case studies dealing with regulations.
The Arc Flash program is a four-hour course based on the e-Hazard program. It reviews the proper ways to wear arc-rated clothing. This course covers NESC, NFPA 70E and OSHA regulations and guidelines.
Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP)
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), working in collaboration with statewide association safety professionals, representatives from distribution and G&T cooperatives, and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, has developed a new approach for an enhanced national safety program. This approach leverages important elements of the existing safety program, while emphasizing leadership engagement and continuous improvement.
The premise for this enhanced program is based on two fundamental guiding principles that are essential to achieving safety excellence:
1. Safety must be embraced as a core value where the actions and decisions of the cooperative reflect a fundamental and unwavering commitment to safety at all levels of the cooperative. This is achieved through a strong safety leadership culture. Cooperative leaders accept responsibility for a culture that ultimately drives safety performance.
2. Cooperative leaders and employees take ownership of the systems and processes that create a safe working environment. Safety systems are a shared responsibility and should focus on enhancing safe behaviors and reducing unsafe acts and risks to injury. Cooperative leaders commit to creating an environment in which all employees are owners of the safety culture.
GCSECA serves as an administrator for the RESAP program in Arizona.