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Update on Deadline for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Data

Posted By IAMU, Monday, June 12, 2017

The July 1, 2017 deadline for electronically submitting injury and illness records to OSHA is quickly approaching. OSHA has again proposed extending the electronic submission date required of employers in listed industries or those with 250 or more employees. What’s more, OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of illness and injury log data at this time.

On, April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.J.RES.83 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” This part of the 1904 Recordkeeping Rule required employers to record all illnesses or injuries that met the recordable criteria experienced by employees or former employees within a five-year past window. The rule currently states that the 300 logs and the 300A and 301 forms must be maintained and updated for the previous five years not including the current year.

IAMU will continue to monitor and update you with information about the electronic submission of records rule as it becomes available.

Tags:  1904 Recordkeeping  OSHA  OSHA 300 

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Toolbox Talk - Abrasive Blast Cabinet Safety

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, June 8, 2017

An abrasive blast cabinet is essentially a closed loop system that allows the operator to remove paint or debris from a part by using an abrasive and compressed air. Silica sand is the most commonly used abrasive but it tends to break up quickly and create large quantities of hazardous dust. This hazardous dust is contained within the cabinet during operation and carried into an abrasive separator before being carried to the dust collector. The following are basic operating rules to keep your equipment in good condition and to prevent you from being overexposed to the blasting media.

  • Before the enclosure is opened, turn the blast off and allow the exhaust system to run for a sufficient period of time to remove the dusty air within the enclosure.
  • Ensure that the seals around the door, viewing window and gloves are in good condition. Make sure that there is no dust on the cabinet equipment ledges or any surface near the blast cabinet.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum to clean the area around the cabinet regularly. Never brush or sweep dust from the blasting process. This creates a dust cloud and allows the particles to become airborne.
  • Replace the siphon hose on a regular basis. When the walls get too thin the hose will collapse and obstruct the flow.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s directions for maintenance procedures or troubleshooting.
  • Make sure that employees are trained in the hazards of and the safe use of the abrasive blast cabinet.
  • Blasting machines occasionally cause shocks from static electricity. If the operator stands on a mat grounded to the machine and the gun is grounded to the cabinet, this will be eliminated. The cabinet can also be grounded to any conduit for insurance.

Tags:  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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Electric & Gas Members: Need Help With Your Biennial Energy Efficiency Report?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

If you would like IAMU to assist you in creating and/or submitting your Biennial Energy Efficiency Report for the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and have not returned your 2017 Energy Efficiency Filing Data Request to IAMU, please do so by June 30th.  IAMU will be submitting a joint report for all municipal electric and gas utilities to the IUB.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Krista Allen at 402.441.1684 or by email at

Tags:  EE Filing  Electric  Gas  IUB  Reporting 

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EUSO Course Set for July

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mark your calendars for the return of one of IAMU’s popular workshops.  Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc. will be presenting his Electric Utility System Operation Short Course July 25-27 and the Smart Grid Course on July 28.

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

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.

In addition to the EUSO course, Skip will offer his Smart Grid Course.  This class explains what a grid is, the differences between a dumb grid and a smart grid, and the mandates that ensure a smart grid will be implemented in each utility.  Once again, this course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.  Participants, however, who have attended the EUSO course will better understand the true capabilities of a smart grid.

Registration is now open.

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

  • $878 for a single registrant OR $798 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

Smart Grid Course

  • $303 for single registrant OR $270 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

BOTH Courses

  • $1,100 for single registrant OR $990 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 18, 2017.

*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT Hours for taking the course*

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier  Smart Grid 

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Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training Webinar

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ Safety Services will be holding a Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training webinar. The webinar will address the following:

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body
  •  How to know if someone is on drugs
  •  Suggestions for what an individual can do about it

60 minutes will be spent on symptoms of alcohol abuse;

60 minutes will be spent on symptoms of drug/controlled substance abuse

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


Who Should Attend?

Employees and supervisors involved with CDLs and gas operations



Paul Kittelson, IAMU Safety Services


Webinar Time and Length:

June 15th, 2017 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



$40 per IAMU Member participant; $65 per Non-IAMU Member participant


Webinar instructions and information will be sent to the registrant’s email.


To register, please click here.

Tags:  Drug & Alcohol Training  Safety Services  Webinar 

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