Working in energy and utilities is no small task. As a part of this industry, you are required to respond to demands from both public and private external organizations. You also have the added weight and responsibility of avoiding service interruption to the public when performing repairs/maintenance, creating as little downtime as possible. In such a high-pressure job, it’s no wonder that energy and utility workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries. Learn how to minimize those risks by completing utility and safety programs and obtaining specialized industry certifications.
Energy and Utilities Work Risks
Energy and power utilities work often occurs in facilities that are operated by either a private or public organization. The maintenance of these facilities is inconsistent anc can be neglectful.Energy and utility workers may have to navigate through aging infrastructure, mold, or lead to complete their vital work..
Common Work Related Risks in Energy and Utilities:
- Struck-by accidents
- Confined spaces
- Caught-in and caught-between accidents
- Exposure to contaminants
- Hazardous weather
- Fires and explosions
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Musculoskeletal disorders due to awkward postures, repetition, vibration, and poorly designed tools
Luckily, there are many things that your company can do to decrease these risks and protect your employees from work related injuries.
Benefits of Industrial Safety Programs & Training
Developing thorough safety protocols that support and encourage safety culture within the workplace has many benefits. Using an informal checklist for training new employees, or teaching on the job, as workers encounter new materials and tools is not efficient or effective for workplace safety. Safety programs that are geared towards your industry and your unique work environments help give your team the knowledge they need to perform their jobs safely. Frequent training that is easily accessible ensures everyone has the most current and accurate information.
Safety and training program benefits include:
- Increased employee awareness
- Decreased injuries & illness
- Limits potential hazards
- Prevents jobsite accidents
- Promotes strong safety culture
- Boosts job productivity
- Ensures ongoing safety compliance
Energy and Utilities Safety Programs
There are many industry safety programs that you can adapt to your energy and utility company to protect your employees. At Industrial Compliance & Safety, we look at the specifications of your hiring client, the nature of your work, and the regulations of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) to write a series of custom energy and utility safety programs for your company.
Safety Programs Core Elements Include:
- Environmental awareness
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Fire prevention and awareness
- Storm/hazardous weather responsiveness
- Mold safety
- First Aid & CPR
- General industry safety
Be proactive and update your safety training frequently to make improvements and meet any new standards. It is always a good idea to re-evaluate your safety programs after a workplace accident or near-miss.
Safety Programs for Avetta® Certification
If your company primarily performs energy and utilities work, then you may be asked by your hiring client to become certified with a pre- qualification service such as Avetta®. Certification for energy and utility workers is common in the US, although other countries are adopting these requirements as well. The certification process will require certain energy and utility safety programs based on the most common and life-threatening risks in the industry.
Benefits of Avetta® Certification
- Improved safety statistics
- Avetta® Certified Credibility
- Business exposure to over 500+ hiring clients
- Simplified support
Benefits of a Safety Compliance Consultant
The use of a safety compliance consultant has additional benefits for contractors. Using a compliance consultant shows industrial qualification firms and potential hiring clients that you are operating in good faith. Contractors who work hand in hand with a third-party consulting company, show that a good faith effort is being put forth towards improving the safety of their employees.
State and federal regulations are constantly being reviewed and revised to address new concerns in regards to environmental responsibility, safety, and employee health. New equipment, new processes and new technology all create new opportunities for risk requiring new regulation and safety measures. Industrial compliance safety consultants monitor these regulation and certification updates for you. They keep your company responsible and responsive to industry changes while your team maintains focus on the job.
At Industrial Compliance & Safety, our professional team can help your company achieve compliance within the energy and utilities industry. You can become certified by a variety of prequalification services, including ISNetworld® and Avetta®. If you choose to work with our team of safety compliance consultants, we will write custom safety programs that both satisfy your client’s needs and protect your employees from the many risks within this unique industry. Contact us to create a new program or update your existing one.