As individuals who work in the utility sector around volatile materials and in dangerous conditions, effective safety practices make all the difference in ensuring UWUA members make it home to our families. By offering trainings, sharing information, and providing resources and alerts, we aim to empower UWUA members to stay safe and injury-free on every job.
To share safety alerts, inquire about training opportunities, or share concerns, contact UWUA Safety Director John “Scotty” MacNeill at email@example.com or 202-706-2719.
- Notices and Safety Alerts
- COVID Resources
- In Memoriam — Honoring Those We’ve Lost to COVID-19
- Near-Miss Program
- Safety Information and Resources
- Safety Committee Contact Information
Notices and Safety Alerts
This resource is an anonymous compilation of incidents or near-incidents impacting UWUA members, intended to educate members to prevent similar incidents.
A near-miss incident in the workplace is an event that does not result in an injury, illness, or damage, but had the potential to do so. Reporting and sharing these experiences offers an opportunity to learn about the circumstances that lead to the near-incident in order to improve safety. For more information about how to set up your own near-miss program, check on the below overview.
Safety Information and Resources
Centers For disease control AND PREVENTION (cdc)
CDC’s website features information from the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health.
- Respirator User Notices Issued by Manufacturers
- NIOSH Respiratory Protective Device Information
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA’s Chemicals and Toxics website is a helpful resource to members interested to learn more about common chemical substances and offers recent news alerts about these substances such as new research and reporting violations.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
PHMSA’s website features quick links to pipeline data and statistics including incident trends, damage prevention reports, and safety enforcement programs.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA offers tips and resources for staying safe on the job.
- Fall Protection – Overview
- Focus Four Hazards Campaign Materials
- Focus Four Campaign Letter 2023
- Focus Four Tips for Trainer 2023
- Toolbox Talk sign sheet format
- Focus Four Stats
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #1 (working around equipment)
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #2 (incident)
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #3 (work zone driving)
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #4 (equipment and falling objects)
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #5 (working around loads)
- Struck-by Toolbox Talk #6 (head protection)
Safe + Sound (OSHA)
Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign by OSHA to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. This website offers guidance for how to initiate and participate in these programs to generate greater awareness of safety protocols.
National Safety Council
The National Safety Council aims to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. The website offers toolkits to address opioid use at work, provides resources about fall-prevention training, struck-by prevention, and more.
iP (Incident Prevention) Utility Safety Conference & Expo
The iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo brings together leading safety and operations experts to share utility safety insights. Attendees include safety personnel, foremen, trainers, and more.