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Toolbox Talk - Five Steps to a Safer Electrical Room

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  1. Do some spring cleaning!
    • Sweep the floor.
    • Remove trash.
    • Remove unused equipment.
    • Remove non-electrical system equipment.
    • Replace light fixture bulbs.
    • Seal the room from dust.
  2. Conduct annual and preventive maintenance!
    • Tighten connections.
    • Cycle the breakers.
    • Verify all fuses are a matching set.
    • Review settings in equipment to match the last coordination/arc flash study performed.
    • Ask your local electrical supply house to generate a list of spare parts.
    • Install spare parts shelving.
    • Pressurize the room.
  3. Keep safe and secure!
    • Install proper safety signage.
    • Ensure PPE and lockout/tagout equipment is readily available.
    • Ensure all guards and covers are installed.
    • Plug unused holes in equipment.
    • Properly secure all enclosures and raceways.
    • Install panic hardware on doors and have them swing out of the room.
    • Install insulating mats for working clearance issues.
  4. Redline drawings to match equipment.
    • Post base documentation and charts in paper, poster, or electronic format.
    • Create a directory for each motor and its location in the room to facilitate lockout/tagout.
  5. Label all equipment to match documentation!
    • Switchboards
    • MCCs
    • Panelboards

Adapted from EC&M’s online magazine. Submitted by Doug Post on April 12, 2017

Tags:  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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Attention Utility-Member Golfers: Want to Attend Golfin' Fore Safety, but Don't Have a Foursome? No Worries.

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

If you want to attend the annual IAMU golf outing, don’t worry about rounding up a foursome to play. We have you covered. You can sign up yourself or yourself and someone else, and IAMU will place you with others to create a foursome. We have a limited number of spots available for singles or pairs of utility-member golfers. To learn more about the event or to register, click here.

Tags:  Golfin' Fore Safety 

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Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training Webinar

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IAMU Safety Services will be holding a Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training Webinar. This webinar will address the following:

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body
  • Recognize the signs, symptoms, and indicators of substance abuse at the workplace
  • Comply with federal DOT regulations requiring 2-hour reasonable suspicion training for supervisors

The first half of the webinar will be spent on symptoms of alcohol abuse.  The second half will be spent on the symptoms of drug/controlled substance abuse.

*A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to registrants after the event.

Who Should Attend?

Employees and supervisors involved with CDLs and/or gas operations.

Webinar Time and Length:

Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Contact Paul Kittelson at, or (800) 810-4268.

Registration is open.  For additional information and online registration, please click HERE.

Tags:  Drug & Alcohol Training  Webinar 

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IAMU Electric Utility System Operation Short Course - July 31

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 6, 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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Toolbox Talk - Transformers & Mowing

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Watch Out For Those Green Boxes When Mowing!

Pad-mounted transformers take the place of utility poles and feed underground electrical services to our businesses and homes. They enclose energized electrical conductors and distribute voltages from 75 to around 5000 kV and are highly hazardous when damaged.

As many transformers are located in residential areas, they may be part of the landscaping or areas we mow, making them susceptible to contact with mowers or tractors.

Allow at least 10 feet of clear space in front of transformers. The front is where the transformer’s door opens; the door is padlocked. The clearance space in front of the transformers is to allow utility workers access to the inside of the transformer.

At least 3 feet of space on sides and behind the transformers are necessary to prevent them from overheating and causing a service interruption. Like all types of transformers, they need plenty of air circulation around them.

Immediately report any damage to or oil leakage from a pad-mounted transformer to your utility company.

The picture above shows the result of a pad-mounted transformer that was struck by a riding lawnmower.

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