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Make Plans to Attend the Wastewater Collection System Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Join fellow wastewater professionals from around the state for this comprehensive workshop. The workshop, sponsored by CIT Sewer Solutions, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at IAMU. The hands-on training qualifies for 0.5 CEUs for wastewater.

Topics covered included:

  • Collection System Maintenance 101
  • Geospatial Tools & Tricks for Sanitary Sewer Triple Bottom Line Results
  • Grouting Fundamentals for I/I Reductions

In addition, there will be live demonstrations on:

  • Portable Lift Stations
  • Jet Vac O/M
  • MH Grout
  • Trenching/Shoring/Confined Space Safety

For more information or to register for the workshop, click here.

Tags:  CEUs  CIT Sewer Solutions  Wastewater Collection  Water 

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Make Plans to Attend Utility Workers Night at the I-Cubs Game

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

You may be able to throw out the first pitch.

IAMU would like to invite you to the Utility Workers Appreciation Night at Principal Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Please join fellow municipal utility workers from across the state for a fun-filled night taking in an Iowa Cubs baseball game. Tickets are $8 each with no limit on the number of tickets you may purchase. You may purchase tickets for family and friends or forward the link to the registration page to them so they can purchase their own tickets. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!

To purchase tickets, click on the link below:

That’s not all! The I-Cubs team is providing IAMU with the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the game. IAMU will hold a drawing for the chance a week before the game. If you are interested or know someone who is (children of IAMU members are also eligible), contact Jen Cronin at

Tags:  iCubs  Principal Park  Utility Workers Appreciation NIght 

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Tips for Selecting and Using Purifying Respirators

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Air purifying respirators work by removing gases, vapors, aerosols, and other contaminants in the air through the use of filters, cartridges, or canisters. The right respirator for a particular situation will depend on the environment and the what’s in the air.

To learn more about purifying respirators, check out the article in EMC’s Loss Control Insights.

Tags:  EMC  Insights  Respirators 

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CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is Coming Soon

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The requirement to register with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is nearing. Each employer/entity that has employees who are covered under the FMCSA DOT entity will be required to register with the new database clearinghouse. This affects all those with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) who operate commercial motor vehicles on public roads, including municipal vehicle drivers. The DOT has provided a link to its website that provides additional information.

It is strongly urged that all FMCSA employers/entity visit the clearinghouse site to be prepared for the “go-live” date of January 6, 2020.

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), State Drivers Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time access to important information about (CDLs) driver drug and alcohol program violations, thereby enhancing safety on our nation’s roadways. 

The Clearinghouse contains information about drivers with CDLs who are covered by FMCSA’s drug and alcohol program. This also includes drivers with commercial learner’s permits. (CLPs).  This information will include violations of the drug and alcohol program, including verified positive drug tests, verified alcohol positives and refusal to tests.

Tags:  CDL  Clearinghouse  DOT  FMCSA 

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Warning for Electric Members: Rubber Gloves/Sleeves and the Use of Petroleum-Based Products

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 8, 2019

During a recent conversation with the Skarshaug Testing Laboratory, staff shared a concern about the increasing number of high voltage rubber gloves and sleeves that are failing due to being exposed to some type of petroleum-based product(s). The laboratory team is still trying to determine the origin but suspects it’s being caused by people using hand sanitizers and/or insect repellent that have a petroleum base. Rubber gloves and sleeves that have been exposed to these products will become sticky to the touch. When this is discovered, do not continue using the gloves and/or sleeves.

Action Item: If employees are using hand sanitizers, hand cleaner of any type, and/or insect repellent, determine whether the product has a petroleum base. If it does, employees need to thoroughly wash their hands and arms prior to using high voltage rubber gloves and sleeves. Discontinuing use of these products would be encouraged if possible.

Tags:  Electric  Gloves 

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