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Iowa Finance Authority - Same Mission. New Address

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Iowa Finance Authority will be moving to its new location on Friday, December 14th. Please make note of this for your records. The new address is:

1963 Bell Ave., Suite 200
Des Moines, Iowa 50315

The current office at 2015 Grand Ave. will be closed beginning at 11:30 a.m. on December 14th. Please be aware that staff will remain available via email during the transition, but responses may occasionally be delayed during the move time.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to continuing our work of advancing opportunities for Iowans at our new location.

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2019 IAMU Hands-On Pumps & Maintenance Workshops

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Hands-On Pumps & Maintenance Workshops presented by Larry Trout.  Two dates/locations will be offered.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrations at each location.  The registration fee is $115 per person for IAMU Members, $160 per person for Non-Members.  Lunch will be provided.

 

Registration

Registration is open.  You may register and find additional information at the links below.

For more information, contact Steve Marsh at 800-810-4268 or smarsh@iamu.org.

Tags:  Larry Trout  Water 

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Attention Water Members: Consumer Notice Certification Reminder for All Systems that Sampled Lead & Copper This Summer

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Lead and Copper Rule requires water utilities to notify individuals at sites where lead samples are collected of the results for their sites. The notice is called the “Consumer Notice.” You must notify individuals within 30 days of when the system receives the laboratory report. For any lead result over the 0.015 mg/L lead action level, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources requests the system provide that notice to that site within 48 hours of receiving the lab report.

The consumer notice is required for all lead results and may also be used for copper. The templates with the mandatory language, instructions, and certification page are available on the Forms website (last section). Note that there are four forms, depending on system type and whether lead data or lead and copper data will be provided. The system must also send the completed certification form to the DNR as proof that the consumer notice was conducted, along with one copy of the actual notice.

This is a reminder for all community and non-transient non-community systems that sampled for lead and copper between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2018, to submit the certification form that the consumer notices were distributed. The certification and one copy of the consumer notice are due to the DNR by Dec. 30, 2018. So far, the DNR has received about half of the certifications due from this summer’s sampling efforts. If you aren’t sure about the requirements, or have other questions, please call or email your contacts in Water Supply Operations. Your contact’s name and phone number are listed on the cover page of your current operation permit.

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Crane Operator Final Rule

Posted By IAMU, Monday, December 10, 2018

Now that November 10, 2018 has come and gone, the technical skills and knowledge provisions of the crane operator certification in 1926 Subpart CC is now a regulatory requirement. Several revisions and clarifications have taken place with the publication of OSHA’s final rule, Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications, effective December 10, 2018. One purpose of these revisions is to change the requirement that crane operator certification be based on equipment type and capacity and instead now permits certification be based on type OR type and capacity. OSHA found no statistics or research that proved an additional safety benefit for certifying by anything other than type. In fact, OSHA believes that it restricts the potential for some crane operators to obtain certification. Certification criteria, which requires a written certification test and a practical test, remains unchanged.

OSHA has also revised the two additional sections of the crane standard that address operator training and competency. However, OSHA still requires that operators re-certify every 5 years and that accrediting bodies have a re-certifying component to their program that allows for operators to be tested to ensure that they have retained safety knowledge and they are up to speed with the latest regulatory and technical developments. The certification issuing entity (like NCCER) must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (such as ANSI or ASME) so as to be sure that industry-recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment, and personnel have been met. By meeting such protocol and upon completing a successful audit, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities was certified as an Accredited Assessment Center through NCCER.

Another change in the final rule of the crane standard is the clarification of the employer’s obligation to evaluate the competency of the operator and their ability to work safely. Just as an employee’s driver’s license does not guarantee the employee’s ability to drive all vehicles safely in all conditions of the employee’s workplace, certification does not ensure that the crane operator has sufficient knowledge and skill to operate all cranes and other lifting equipment safely. The employer evaluation of a crane operator’s ability, experience and competency is a fundamental part of workplace safety. This evaluation part of the rule goes into effect on February 7, 2019 and states that employers must conduct an evaluation of each operator to ensure that they are qualified by a demonstration of the skills and knowledge necessary to operate the equipment safely and the ability to recognize and avert risks associated with that operation. The evaluation must also include the operator’s ability to perform the hoisting activities required for the work that they are assigned, including blind lifts, personnel hoisting and multiple lifts.

Skills and knowledge, as addressed by OSHA, include those types of safety devices, operational aids and software the crane is equipped with. The evaluation must also take into account the size and configuration of the crane as the manufacturer has designed it to function; including lifting capacity, boom length and radius, attachments and counterweight configuration. The evaluation must be documented and must include the printed names and signatures of the operator and the evaluator, the date of the evaluation and the make, model and configuration of the crane used in the evaluation. Re-evaluations are required whenever you provide retraining to an operator but should only focus on the areas which the retraining covered. You must retrain an operator whenever you believe it’s necessary based on an operator’s performance or an evaluation of the operator’s knowledge.

OSHA’s final rule now clarifies restrictions for operators-in-training. Those employees must be provided with sufficient training, through a combination of formal and practical instruction, to ensure that they develop the skills, knowledge, and ability to recognize and avert risk necessary to operate the equipment safely for assigned work. These employees may operate cranes but they must be continuously monitored by their trainer. There are, however, restrictions on the duties in which operators-in-training who are not yet certified are not allowed to operate cranes:

(1) If any part of the crane, load line, or load (including rigging and lifting accessories), if operated up to the crane’s maximum working radius in the work zone could get within 20 feet of a power line that is up to 350 kV, or within 50 feet of a power line that is over 350 kV.

(2)  Hoisting personnel.

(3)  Multi-crane lifts.

(4)  Over a shaft, cofferdam, or in a tank farm.

(5)  Multiple-lift rigging operations (unless the operator’s trainer determines that the operator-in-training’s skills are sufficient).

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019.

IAMU has two mobile crane operator examination and certification classes during the weeks of January 7th and February 11th, 2019. Go to this LINK to register for either class.

Tags:  Mobile Crane  OSHA 

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Welcome New Associate Member - Midwest Vac Professionals

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Please welcome one of our newest Associate members - Midwest Vac Professionals!


Midwest Vac Professionals, located in Panora, Iowa, is a locally owned and operated woman owned business.  The company focuses primarily on Sanitary and Storm Sewer Cleaning and CCTV Inspection work as well as Hydro-Excavation Services.

 

We have new, state-of-the-art equipment and are here to serve you 24/7. We have over 25 years of knowledge and experience, ensuring you that we will take care of your needs and get the job done right the first time. Jobsite safety is our biggest priority, and we provide excellent service. We offer competitive pricing and customer service with great employees who are experienced and well trained.

 

Our customers include engineers, municipalities, commercial/industrial contractors, and counties as well as government agencies such as DOT. Serving all of Iowa, Southern Wisconsin, Eastern Nebraska and Southern Minnesota. 

 

Please give MVP the opportunity to earn your business.

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