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Safety is a fundamental value for electric cooperatives. Delivering affordable and reliable electricity requires employees to approach their daily responsibilities with an intense focus on safety—for the sake of their fellow employees and consumer members. Everyone from the CEO to front-line employees is responsible for sending every member of the co-op family safely home to their loved ones.

For 50 years, NRECA has been committed to safety and to providing you with resources that enable co-ops to prevent workplace incidents and establish a safety culture. From assessing current safety practices to creating a safety improvement plan that refines on-the-job operations, co-ops are using the following NRECA resources to raise safety awareness and to keep paramount the welfare of their employees, families and the communities they serve.

Creating a Safety Culture through Education and Training

  • The Certified Loss Control Professional credential serves as a benchmark of competency and commitment to safety in the industry and teaches participants how to create a culture of safety by integrating safe work practices, procedures and policies.

  • Speak Up, Listen Up! is an employee engagement tool that provides cooperative leaders with effective communications strategies for delivering and receiving safety-related feedback by using workplace scenarios developed specifically for electric co-ops.

  • The Safety Leadership Summit brings co-op leaders together to learn and share leading practices to affect transformative safety improvement at their co-op and across the network.

On-the-Job Implementation

  • In collaboration with statewide associations and safety professionals across the country, the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) provides participating co-ops with peer-to-peer review of their safety performance, helps leaders better understand opportunities for improvement and involves employees in the process.

  • The Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative provides co-ops with tools to help eliminate serious injuries and fatalities due to electrical contacts. Several resources are available in NRECA's Commitment to Zero Contacts toolkit, including the S.A.F.E. job-planning app, videos, implementation guides, logos and commitment forms.

More Resources

All of these safety resources and more are available on our Safety page. Peruse the featured resources or use the filters on the left side of the page to find the resource most relevant to you.

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