AWPA - M13
GUIDELINES FOR A POLE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
|Publication Date:||1 January 2021|
The purpose of this document is to help utilities and other pole owners understand how to develop, implement and manage a wood pole maintenance program. An overall pole asset management plan can prolong asset life, reduce failures or outages, improve reliability, enhance safety, limit potential claims or liability and allow for more efficient deployment of line crews thereby optimizing overall system costs. This document discusses the various components of an effective pole maintenance program including personnel requirements, inspection methods, remedial treatment products, and data management requirements for a wood pole maintenance program. The American Wood Protection Association believes the information contained herein to be based upon current scientific and in-field practices and applications for general information purposes. In supplying this information, the association makes no warranty or representation, either expressed or implied, as to the reliability or accuracy of provided information; nor does the association assume any liability resulting from the use of or reliance upon the information by any party. This document should also not be construed as a specific endorsement or warranty; direct or implied, of treated wood products, inspection methods, preservatives or structural enhancements in terms of performance, environmental impact, or safety. The information contained herein should not be construed as a recommendation to violate any federal, state, local or municipal law, rule or regulation. Any party using pressure treated wood products or remedial preservative systems or structural enhancements should review any applicable Federal/State/Local laws, rules or regulations prior to the use of any of these products.