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Still Time to Register for Next Week's Energy Conference!

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 20, 2017

The IAMU 5th Annual Energy Conference will be held November 29th – December 1st, 2017, at Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

Tags:  Energy Conference  IAMU  IAMU Events  Prairie Meadows 

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IAMU Office Closed This Thursday and Friday

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 20, 2017
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Crane Compliance Date Extended for One Year

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Federal OSHA has officially issued a final rule setting compliance date for crane operator certification requirements. The extension is granted for a period of one year, ending Nov. 10, 2018. IAMU will continue to conduct Mobile Crane Operator Certification and Examination Classes throughout next year. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dan Llewellyn ( or Margret Meade ( at 800.810.4268.

Below is the official OSHA Trade Release:

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release

November 9, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane
Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule becomes effective November 9, 2017.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

Tags:  Mobile Crane  OSHA 

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New Member Benefit: Job Description Templates

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Helping to take some of the work and risk out of creating job descriptions.

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) has developed six Job Description Templates for members when creating job descriptions for position postings and for general use.

The new job description templates include ones for:

  • Electric Lineworker
  • Water Plant Operator/Technician
  •  Power Plant Operator
  •  Telecom/ Broadband Technician
  •  Gas/Water/Wastewater Superintendent or Technician
  •  Public Works/Streets/Maintenance Worker

The intent of providing Job Description Templates is to allow IAMU members to develop, enhance, or replace existing job descriptions. The detailed job descriptions allow for:

  • Better recruitment – enables you to identify the right person for each job. Detailed job descriptions clarify employer expectations for job candidates and identify essential job functions and physical requirements.
  •  Better compensation systems – allows for accurate job and skill comparisons so you can create fair and logical pay and grading systems. Detailed job descripitons can also serve as a reference tool in employee/employer disputes.
  •  Better performance evaluation – enables you to make evaluations based on objective versus subjective criteria.
  •  Better people planning – allows you to make skill-based hiring and succession planning decisions.
  •  Better legal compliance – helps your utility to stay in compliance with many laws and help defend lawsuits related to hiring or termination.
  •  Objective criteria for managing return-to-work situations – following both workplace and non-work injuries and illnesses

The templates are available to all IAMU members for free. Safety Group Insurance Program participants can also receive complimentary consulting assistance in using the templates from Dave Eaton, IAMU Risk Improvement Representative. If you are not an insurance program participant, there is a nominal fee for the added consulting services.

To access the templates, go to, sign in as a member*, go to the “Resources” section, and then to “Job Description Templates.” There you will find instructions on how to use the templates as well as the editable templates.

*If you need your member sign-in information, contact Josh Trout at*

Tags:  Dave Eaton  Job Description  Member Benefit 

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Energy Conference Spotlight: A Look at State Issues With Fred Hubbell

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Although we are still a few months away from the start of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session and a year away from the Gubernatorial Election, it’s not too early to begin thinking about and talking about state issues related to utilities.

To get the discussions started, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) has invited Fred Hubbell to speak at the 5th Annual Energy Conference on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 11:10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Energy Conference is being held at the Prairie Meadows Casino Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

Fred will take a look at state issues during his presentation. As chairman of the Iowa Power Fund, Fred was tasked with investing state funds in the renewable energy sector, investments that helped spur Iowa’s growth into a leading producer of clean energy. Fred was also called upon to serve as interim director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. While interim director, he promoted economic growth in every corner of the state. Fred is currently a Democratic candidate for Iowa governor.

For more information on Fred, click here.

For more information on the Energy Conference, click here.

Tags:  Energy Conference  Fred Hubbell 

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