2018 OJUA Spring Training Registration is Open

The 2018 Spring Training event is scheduled for March 20 – 22 at the Red Lion on the River at Jantzen Beach in Portland.  The event contains two separate trainings:  NESC 101 on March 20 and NESC 201 on March 21-22.  Follow this link to access the program schedule, on-line registration, and hard copies of the registration forms for attendees and event sponsors.  Early registration discounts for these events are available until February 26.

Lodging for Spring Training is available at the Red Lion starting at $136 plus tax per night; reservations can be made by calling 503-283-4466 (be sure the mention the Oregon Joint Use Association) or by visiting https://aws.passkey.com/go/jointuseReservations must be made by February 26, 2018, to take advantage of the reduced rate.

OJUA has 2017 NESC  Books Available for Purchase

OJUA Member price:  $178.50 plus shipping

New stock just arrived… click here to complete the on-line order form.  Books are available for pick up at the OJUA office or delivery via US Priority Mail.

OJUA Inspection Correction Efficiency Committee Publishes Findings & Guidelines.

The OJUA’s Inspection Correction Efficiency Committee has published Findings & Guidelines for Joint Inspection Programs.
OJUA ICE Committee Findings and Guidelines.

OJUA Joint Inspection Subcommittee Releases Best Practices Manual
The OJUA’s Joint Inspection Subcommittee has published a Joint Inspection Best Practices Manual.  The manual provides photos of typical deviations from rules addressing the Communications Worker Safety Zone, Communication-to-Communication Clearances, and Interset Structure Clearances.  

Click here to download a copy of the Joint Inspection Best Practices released Feburary 2017

Standards Committee Soliciting NESC 2017 Change Proposals

The OJUA has been asked to assist the IEEE in soliciting and reviewing proposed changes to the 2017 edition in preparation for the 2022 edition.  OJUA has agreed to provide assistance and has tasked the association’s Standards Committee with reviewing and proposing (as appropriate) changes as identified by utility representatives here in Oregon.

If you would like the OJUA Standards Committee to review a proposed change for the 2022 edition of the NESC, please follow this link: 2022 NESC Proposed Revision Suggestions to provide a brief description of your proposal.  The Standards Committee meets bi-monthly and will be reviewing the proposed changes as a regular agenda item in the coming months.  The final date to submit change proposals to IEEE is July 15, 2018.

If you have any questions about the review process, please contact Standards Committee Chair David Barks at DJB@mc-power.com.

Standards Committee Work Product – OJUA Grandfathering Matrix 
(revised 11-25-2016)

Please Note:  This document is intended to provide education on certain changes to the NESC over time. This is not an official codebook nor official interpretation of the rules. When constructing aerial facilities, please refer to the governing codes, such as the  National Electrical Safety Code, National Electrical Code, Oregon Public Utility Commission Safety Rules, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, State, County and Municipal codes, and all other applicable standards, including contracts.

“All Utilities” Letters as Issued by Oregon Public Utility Commission

These documents are provided for historical reference only; in many cases they were written for a specific circumstance or situation and may or may not represent Safety Staff’s current position.



OJUA Standards Reference CardRevised April 2017

Standards Brochure updated April 2017


History of the OJUA

In November 1999 a task force was established by the Oregon Legislature to advise the Oregon Public Utility  Commission at the direction of the Oregon Legislature to address issues pertaining to utility poles. The task force submitted proposed rules for determining appropriate sanctions for unauthorized attachments and criteria for certifying compliance with laws regulating pole attachments. The Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA) was formed based on the initial work from the task force and the realization of what else needed to be accomplished to help the entire industry be successful.

Our Mission

Become a resource that builds trust, cooperation and organization between support structure (pole) owners, users and government entities that will result in a safe efficient use of the Right of Way and a self-sustaining nonprofit association.

Our Future

Be a fully self-sustaining association that educates, establishes partnerships and is the source of information and communication regarding the Joint Use Industry.


  • Publicity & Education
  • Standards Development
  • Legislative & Regulatory Review
  • Conflict Resolution


  • Participate in shaping the future
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Cost Saving Opportunities
  • Access to latest Industry