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Updated IAMU Mutual Aid Program Book Now Available

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, July 19, 2018

IAMU has updated the IAMU Mutual Aid Program book (Revision June 2018). Please print it and/or save it electronically for your use during a Mutual Aid (MA) event. Note that several regions have new Primary and/or Secondary Coordinators. We will be offering hard copies of the MA booklet at face-to-face meeting throughout the year. 

We have this MA booklet on our IAMU website. Click:…/resource/resmgr/…/iamu_ma_binder.pdf

We have several MA regions with new Primary or Secondary Coordinators, so please print off booklets now so you have the correct phone numbers to call during a MA event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Change to our IAMU Connect (our website mutual aid search tool) on the IAMU website. Unfortunately, the IAMU Connect MA tool is discontinuing. The service provider for this tool was recently purchased and has decided mutual aid will not be part of their business model. IAMU will receive all the data from the old company, and we are trying to figure out our next move forward -- create our own system or another solution.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dave Hraha, Director of Member Services, 515.289.1999,

Tags:  Mutual Aid 

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Toolbox Talk - Utility Knife Safety

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cut the material, not yourself!

Utility knives, otherwise known as box knives, are a commonly used tool at home and in the workplace. If not used properly, these tools can inflict serious injuries.

Basic safety precautions
When using the knife, cut away from your body. Keep your free hand, forearm and the rest of your body clear of the cutting path. Even though this seems like an obvious precaution, improper cutting is a common cause of most lacerations. Watch out for others in your work area so that they also stay out of the cutting path.

Make sure the blade is sharp. A dull blade means that the user must exert more force to cut the material, and this means that the user does not have complete control of the cut. Forcing the knife may also result in severe accidents that include ligament and tendon damage. The pressure needed to cut with a dull knife may also result in hand and arm fatigue, which can lead to an ergonomic injury.

Don’t use the knife as a screwdriver or pry tool. Due to the brittle nature of the blade, this may result in the tip breaking off and becoming airborne. Knives with breakaway blades or X-Acto knives are not meant to be used in the workplace.

Clean the handle if it is oily or dirty so you have a good grip on the knife.

Check to see that the blade is properly seated in the knife. Blades that are not correctly seated or are not the proper size will not completely retract into the handle when closed. This means the blade tip will be exposed, even when the knife is closed. Dispose of used blades in a puncture-proof, closable container.

As with all tool use, use the proper PPE. Cut-resistant gloves and eye protection are a must use!

Tags:  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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Calling All Baseball Pitchers!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We're looking for nominations for someone to throw out the first pitch at the I-Cubs game on Saturday, Aug. 4. If you're planning to attend the Utility Workers Appreciation Night at Principal Park and would like to be considered or know of someone else who would (can be a municipal utility worker or a child of a municipal utility worker), email We will put all names into a hat and do a live Facebook drawing Friday, July 27.

Tags:  Baseball  I-Cubs 

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IAMU Electric Utility System Operation Short Course - July 31

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

IAMU is once again offering the Electric Utility System Operation Short Course (EUSO) presented by Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc.


Skip is highly regarded and has an extensive background in electric utility design, construction, maintenance and operation.

EUSO Short Course:  July 31 – August 2

The EUSO Short Course is designed for any employee whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the business.  This includes those from legal, rates, engineering, purchasing, computer application, marketing, customer service, inventory control, finance, accounting, safety, risk analysis as well as those from generating plants.  One goal for this class is to have students leave with the ability to easily identify all of the electrical equipment they see in a substation as they walk by, along with all the equipment found on the poles in a residential area.  Non-electrical engineers are often at a disadvantage in the electric utility environment due to a lack of familiarity with technical issues.  The better you understand the utility’s product – electrical energy – and how it is created and distributed, the better you can serve the utility and your customers.  This course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.


*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT hours for taking the EUSO Course.*


Registration is open.

Registration fees for the course are below.


(*If you are planning on sending more than one participant from your organization, please make sure to share this with multiple departments so that you qualify for the reduced cost with the initial registration.)

  • EUSO Course - $950 for a single registrant OR $850 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

For additional information, brochure, and registration, please click HERE.  The registration deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier 

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Natural Gas Operator Qualification Workshop - August 28-29

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Mark your calendars for this year’s IAMU Natural Gas Operator Qualification Workshop taking place August 29 – 30, 2017 at the IAMU Office and Training Complex.  This year’s workshop will cover a multitude of topics and offer many qualification opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop provides public gas employees the chance to learn more about the gas industry, while also gaining proficiency in skills that can be used in servicing their hometown gas customers.  It is designed for employees who administer, supervise, and work in public natural gas systems.  New operators, or operators needing a refresher on skills, should plan to attend this workshop.

The annual exhibit show and dinner will also take place at IAMU, giving participants a chance to check out the latest offerings from product reps.

For more information and to register here.

Tags:  Gas  OQ 

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