Loss Control Programs

Loss Control Programs

In the electrical utility trade losses unfortunately happen. 
GCSECA offers loss control and safety services which provides the members with training and education which can dramatically reduce the number of losses and the severity. 
The Loss Control Services are tailored to the electrical industry to prevent injuries and improve the overall safety culture at our member systems. The Loss Control staff helps our membership spot potential hazards to improve the safety culture and assist our members with regulatory compliance.

Training Programs

The GCSECA Loss Control and Safety Services Department offers a wide variety of programs. These include specific lineman programs, general employee programs and medical and first aid programs.
The lineman programs are based on the CFR 1910.269 standards and CFR 1926 standards. Also, the programs are based on OSHA, IEEE, ASTM, and ANSI standards.
The general employee programs are based on safety issues throughout the entire utility. These include office safety, fire extinguisher safety, conflict resolution and customer service. These programs are developed as needed or request of the membership.
Medical related courses include basic first aid, AED, and CPR. We also instruct courses on blood-borne pathogens, and common colds and viruses that exists in Arizona, California and New Mexico. 
For a more detailed list please follow this link.

Federated Near Miss

Close calls and near misses happen on a daily basis in this industry.

Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange has developed a program to help recognize and prevent injuries.

 A near miss is a potential hazard or incident that has not resulted in any personal injury. Unsafe working conditions, unsafe employee work habits, improper use of equipment or use of malfunctioning equipment have the potential to cause work related injuries. It is everyone’s responsibility to report and /or correct these potential accidents/incidents immediately. Please complete this form(link is external) to report these near-miss situations. 

Mutual Aid Program

Mutual Aid agreements are in place for GCSECA members. The mutual aid is the emergency preparedness that is managed by the statewide to help all members in the time of need. Veracity Connect is the web-based platform used by GCSECA. This program helps in all aspects in an emergency. The program allows for mutual aid, critical spares and surplus management.

Special Programs

The Loss Control staff offers several special programs. These programs can be taught on-site at a member’s location (certain requirements for class room settings) or can be taught at GCSECA’s Tempe office.
One of these special programs is the OSHA 10-Hour course which is a two day course covering either General Industry or Construction. This is a good course for all employees to have a better understanding of what OSHA is all about and why regulations are in place to protect all workers.
Another program is the OSHA-30 hour course which is a five day course covering either General Industry or Construction. This is a hands-on course intended for all employees, supervisors and those in management roles. This course has the class looking up regulations, understanding the web site for OSHA, reviewing letters of interpretation and review of several case studies dealing with regulations.
The Arc Flash program is a four hour course based on the E-Hazard program and reviews the proper ways to wear arc rated clothing. This course covers NESC, NFPA 70E and OSHA regulations and guidelines.

Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP)

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association working collaboratively with representatives from statewide association safety professionals, distribution and G&T cooperatives and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, NRECA has developed a new approach for an enhanced national safety program. This approach leverages important elements of the existing safety program while emphasizing leadership engagement and continuous improvement. The premise for this enhanced program is based on two fundamental guiding principles that are essential to achieving safety excellence:

1. Safety must be embraced as a core value where the actions and decisions of the cooperative reflect a fundamental and unwavering commitment to safety at all levels of the cooperative. This is achieved through a strong safety leadership culture. Cooperative leaders accept responsibility for a culture that ultimately drives safety performance.

2. Cooperative leaders and employees take ownership of the systems and processes that create a safe working environment. Safety systems are a shared responsibility and should focus on enhancing safe behaviors and reducing unsafe acts and risks to injury. Cooperative leaders commit to creating an environment in which all employees are owners of the safety culture.
GCSECA serves as an administrator for the program in Arizona.