As Beta Engineering's Director of Safety and Construction, Mike Melder knows a thing or two about safety.
In addition to his responsibilities for hiring, training, and providing logistical support for on-site construction managers of multimillion dollar projects, Mike is tasked with overseeing the QA/QC on these projects, ensuring they not only fully comply with OSHA regulations but the customer's safety programs, as well.
Workers are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards such as falls, electric shock, and dangers posed by arc flash.
By focusing on prevention through observation and assessment of risks, continually monitoring safety systems and practices and instilling a commitment to creating a safer workplace for all employees, Mike creates a culture of safety in the workplace that help prevent accidents.
As part of Beta’s ongoing commitment to safety initiatives and incident prevention, Mike received certification through the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification program, which offers safety leadership credentials to utilities, related contractors and communication providers.
The two-tiered program offers employers assurance of an individual’s broad knowledge, skills and abilities in the utility work environment by providing a uniform standard for understanding utility safety regulations, competencies, and task-related skills.
CUSP certification is a program of the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN), a membership organization that serves as an advocate for a safe, secure and productive utility work environment and as a catalyst for the prevention of incidents.
Its purpose is to promote safety leadership in the utility industry through:
- Formally recognizing those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CUSP program and pass the CUSP exam.
- Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of utility safety leadership.
- Creating a uniform standard of understanding utility safety regulations, competencies, and task-directed skills for both utility companies and their contractor partners.
- Providing employers the assurance of an individual’s broad knowledge, skills and abilities in the utility work environment when hiring or promoting.
CUSP certification ensures that safety professionals like Mike have a thorough knowledge and understanding of OSHA regulations and record keeping requirements, workplace hazards, incident prevention fundamentals, leadership skills, and safety process operational responsibilities.
The utility community recognizes CUSP certification as a benchmark for safety leadership.