NREA Job Training and Safety Education Program

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The distribution of electricity to the homes of our consumers can be a dangerous business. Because of this, NREA offers a comprehensive Job Training and Safety Education program (JT&S) for our member-system employees. It is this training that allows our member-systems' employees to work safely and productively. Operated under a contract with the Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, the JT&S program has four full-time electric safety professionals working with our member-systems on a continuing basis.

Larry Oetken (CLCP), of Norfolk, is the Job Training and Safety Coordinator for our program. Job Training and Safety Instructors are Kory Hildebrand(CLCP) - Region 1, Matthew Nelson - Region 2 and Scot Ouderkirk - Region 3. They all have extensive electric utility experience in rural and municipal settings.

Safe Electricity

NREA is proud to be a member of the Safe Electricity Campaign.

Safe Electricity is a multi-media public awareness program designed to provide information to consumers and compliment the safety-education activities of utilities and educators. Safe Electricity provides life-saving information through many venues, including radio and television public service announcements, news releases and articles and its comprehensive web site. Safe Electricity has receive national recognition for the quality and scope of its programs and services. 

Safe Electricity was founded in 2001 by the Energy Education Council (formerly the Illinois Electric Council), a not-for-profit educational organization of electric utilities, the University of Illinois Extension, and other organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and efficiency. All of NREA's members are also participants in the Safe Electricity Campaign. Visit their web site for safety resources for children, teachers, farmers and ranchers, contractors and the general public. Teach, Learn, Care (TLC) and you may save a life.

Safety Standards Manual

The 2021 Edition of the NREA Safety Standards Manual is now available.