The Delaware Valley Safety Council is pleased to introduce the PowerSafe™ safety orientation program to utility company owners and utility contractors in the Northeast region.

For the first time, there is now a reciprocal, standardized safety training designed specifically for the power industry available in this region. If your company is ready for a proven model that may reduce your Recordable Accident Index (RAI) as it frees your employees to do their core jobs, PowerSafe™ may be the piece of the puzzle you’ve been missing.

What is PowerSafe™?

PowerSafe™ was created in 2004 when a large utility company in the Southeast region of the country, recognizing the value that safety orientation plays in an incident-free work environment, subsequently partnered with industry contractors and the non-profit Alliance Safety Council to produce a robust, standardized safety orientation and verification program. One of the key components of the PowerSafe™ strategy was to develop and deliver this standardized safety orientation while maintaining a searchable centralized training database.

In comparison, similar concerns for contractor safety management were faced by the petrochemical industry with the enactment of Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations in 1991. Refinery managers at that time elected to create a reciprocal, contractor safety orientation (Basic Orientation Plus) and have it administered by an independent, non-profit safety association, the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC). ARSC was given the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the program, facilitating the access to a centralized, reciprocal training records database, and for continued process improvement.

By partnering with a non-profit, overhead was immediately reduced. Streamlined processes and economies of scale cut costs further. The petrochemical industry thus benefitted since by having access to trans regional workers, all trained to the same verifiable level of safety awareness. PowerSafe™ now provides an opportunity for the power industry to benefit in like fashion.

PowerSafe™ provides value to owner companies and contractors alike:
  • Contractors arrive at the site ready to work. PowerSafe™’s core curriculum can be administered via computer at proctored and non-proctored locations, freeing up safety personnel and minimizing time away from work by all parties.
  • Standardized testing eliminates redundant training. The PowerSafe™ safety orientation program is standardized for all participating sites.
  • Completed orientations are maintained in a centralized database. This allows all parties to know immediately the status of individual contractor safety clearances.
  • Legal risks are minimized for all parties. Standardized testing, accurate recordkeeping, and the incorporation of the latest OSHA requirements in the curriculum ensure that all parties are providing the best in safety orientation.
  • Minimal effort required to start up – PowerSafe™ provides all services in return for each utility company that mandates the PowerSafe™ program.


The Delaware Valley Safety Council believes that the PowerSafe™ safety orientation program will benefit all parties-at-interest in terms of increased safety, less time away from the job and overall cost savings.

Few things are as important as assuring that employees and contractors have a fundamental understanding of the hazards that may be present on a worksite. An OSHA-awareness level orientation serves as the building block for all future safety training. It’s about more than just checking a box that you have met an OSHA training standard or the safety guidelines of EPAct 2005 – it’s about protecting the lives and wellbeing of those you have been charged with training.

For more information contact:  Brian McClafferty at brian.mcc@dvsconline.org.

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