Office of the Safety Advocate

Christopher Parkes, Director

The Office of the Safety Advocate (OSA) is currently led by Director Christopher Parkes. OSA is a new Division within the CPUC created in response to Senate Bill 62 (Chapter 806, Statutes of 2016) to advocate, on behalf of the interest of public utility customers, for the continuous and cost-effective improvement of the safety management and safety performance of public utilities.

OSA is an advocacy unit within the CPUC staffed with engineers and policy analysts, who will:

  1. Intervene in CPUC proceedings to advocate for effective public utility safety management and infrastructure improvements and for the transparency of safety information;
  2. Recommend improvements to the CPUC's safety management policies and procedures to spearhead the CPUC's safety culture transformation; and
  3. Sponsor testimony and exhibits in CPUC proceedings on safety related risks to assist the CPUC in holding public utilities accountable for their safe operation.


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