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24th Annual Water & Wastewater Operator's Training Workshop - November 13th-15th

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The 24th Annual Water and Wastewater Operator’s Training Workshop will be held November 13 – 15, 2018, at Holiday Inn Northwest, Des Moines. To register, click here.

This yearly training is a must for any water and wastewater professionals wanting practical information to help them do their jobs. The three-day workshop includes basic and advanced topics on water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater. Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs toward certification, plus get a chance to connect with other municipal water professionals from around the state as well as check out products and services from water-related vendors.

Early registration deadline is Friday, November 2nd! Don’t wait!

Tags:  IAMU Events  Water  Water Workshop 

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What You Need to Know About Mobile Crane Operations

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Most of us are now aware that the crane regulation in Construction was updated in 2010 and many needed changes were made from the original 1971 regulation, which was based on a 40-year-old standard. The new regulation is designed to prevent most common cause of fatalities; electrocution, struck-by hazards during assembly/disassembly, collapse and overturn. It also clarifies host employer responsibilities and the elements of crane operator certification.

Mobile cranes are defined as equipment that can hoist, lower and move horizontally a suspended load. There are certain pieces of equipment that are exempt from having to meet standard requirements as long as the equipment is used in the manner in which it was designed.

Read the full article here.

Tags:  Mobile Crane  Safety Services 

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Application Period for Winter Home Heating Assistance Begins November 1st

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The home heating season is rapidly approaching and the Iowa Utilities Board reminds Iowans that limited financial heating assistance is available to income-eligible utility customers through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The annual application period runs from November 1 through April 30, with early applications accepted throughout October from households with elderly or disabled residents.

The LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income families meet the partial cost of home heating through a one-time payment made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor. Iowa law also protects qualified applicants who are the head of a household under LIHEAP or the weatherization assistance program from being disconnected from natural gas or electric service during the annual winter moratorium, November 1 and through April 1. Although qualified applicants cannot be disconnected during the moratorium, the IUB urges all LIHEAP-certified customers to continue paying toward their energy bills through the winter to avoid accumulating high debt and facing potential utility service disconnection in the spring.

Eligibility for the federally funded LIHEAP program is based on household size and income. Interested applicants should review the federal income guidelines to determine whether they qualify, then apply at the community action agency serving their area. Heating assistance dollars for LIHEAP and the federally funded weatherization assistance program are limited.

For assistance, utility customers may contact their local utility company, or contact the Iowa Utilities Board Customer Service staff at 877.565.4450 or

Learn more on the IUB’s LIHEAP web page,, or through the Iowa Department of Human Rights,, or call 515.281.3861.


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Don't Fall for These Ladder Mistakes

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ladders — including step ladders, extension ladders, and attached climbing ladders — are an essential tool in most organizations. For such a simple staple, ladders have a deadly reputation, with more than 20,000 ladder-related, on-the-job injuries and 150 worker fatalities in 2015. EMC Senior Risk Improvement Representative Case Doorn lays the blame on common mistakes that many ladder-climbers make. Click here for the rest of the story from EMC’s Lost Control Insights e-newsletter.

Tags:  EMC  Safety 

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Make Plans to Attend the 47th Annual Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Session topics will include:

  • Change management,
  • Ergonomic analysis,
  • Fall protection,
  • The active shooter phenomenon,
  • Safety performance measures,
  • Safe driving,
  • The mobile workforce,
  • Scaffolding safety,
  • Working with millennials,
  • Virtual and augmented reality,
  • Influencing risk, and more.  

All of this great programming will take place on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2. Sign up now to join occupational safety and health professionals from around Iowa and the surrounding region for breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and inspiring conversations about protecting workers and promoting worker health.

There’s still time to reserve your spot at the reduced early-bird rate of $260 for two days or $140 for one day. 

Exhibitor registration is also now open at the early-bird rate of $425. You can learn more about the benefits of exhibiting at the conference and register here.


As in previous years, the conference will take place at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA. You can reserve your hotel room now at the discounted rate of $107 plus tax by calling the reservation desk at 515-957-3000 and asking for the “47th Annual Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference” room block, or by registering online. Use the group code 10312018GOV to get the discounted rate.

Tags:  Governor's Safety Conference  Safety 

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