Programs & Services

Technician holding white hat safety hard hat sunlight backgroundWe provide each member system annually with safety visits, including at a minimum:

  • Nine operations safety visits lasting up to four hours in meeting format and up to four hours of compliance or crew inspection
  • Three office safety visits lasting a minimum of one hour
  • At systems request, a maximum of six (6) crew inspection per year with documentation provided to the system


Safety & Loss Control offers the following programs to enhance the safety of your cooperative. Services are not limited to those on list.

  • Monitor & Coordinate the OAEC Mutual Assistance program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Immediate Accident investigation with documentation if asked for by the member system
  • Update and maintain a library of curriculum materials, equipment, and informational supplies to enhance the S & LC program
  • Provide a clearinghouse of services for regulatory and safety issues
  • Provide intensive support throughout the NRECA Safety achievement process, including the required safety improvement plan
  • Administer the Northwest Lineman College Program and be the liaison to the U.S. Department of Labor for those member systems that want their Certification of Apprenticeship
  • Provide Electrical Testing for Protective Grounding Equipment and Vehicle Grounds
  • Provide Electrical Testing for “Live Line Tools”
  • Provide community safety programs for Firefighters, Emergency Workers, Schools and Civic groups
  • Assist systems who are required to conduct annual table top Emergency Planning Exercises to meet RUS requirements
  • Offer formal certification for operators for digger derrick
  • Conduct Safety Audits of any and all facilities
  • Conduct Audits of any and all in house Safety Programs
  • Fork Lift Training (charges for course materials only)
  • CPR and First Aid Training (charge for course materials only)
  • Compliance Training including PCB record keeping, OSHA 300 log recording, DOT Truck inspection documentation and recording, etc


Each System Manager/CEO will be provided a written copy of all subjects covered and an explanation of the topic within one week following the safety meeting(s).

All programs on this page are included in the S & LC dues.

SIF Inspections

  • Crew inspections
  • Facility inspections

Annual Operations Safety may include the following:

  1. Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  2. Review of Safety Manual with questions and answers
  3. Aerial device safety
  4. Digger/Derrick device safety
  5. Proper lifting techniques
  6. Blood borne pathogen training
  7. Hazard recognition/communications
  8. Defensive driving
  9. Proper vehicle placement on the job site
  10. Pole Top Rescue
  11. Crew inspections and/or facilities inspections
  12. Near miss discussions
  13. Outage and storm safety
  14. Fall protection
  15. Underground safety training
  16. Any other safety related topic as requested by member system

Office Safety may include the following:

  1. Ergonomics
  2. Mayday response training
  3. Office hazard recognition
  4. Avoiding slips, trips and falls
  5. Stress Management
  6. Eye strain
  7. Proper lifting techniques
  8. Blood borne pathogen training
  9. Any other safety related topic as requested by member