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4 Common Mistakes in Testing Confined Spaces

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

There are numerous ways for you to keep employees safe when entering and working in a confined space. Prevent common mistakes as you also work to improve your employees’ knowledge base and the procedures they follow. To learn more, check out this EMC Loss Control Insights’ article.

Tags:  Confined Space  EMC  Safety 

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Water Members: Note DNR Testing Location Change for Operator Certification Online Exams

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Drinking Water Treatment, Distribution and Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification Online Exams will no longer be given at the Wallace Building on the Capitol Complex in Des Moines, but will be offered at the DMACC Southridge Testing Center (1111 East Army Post Rd, Des Moines IA 50315), starting March 11, 2019.

Exams will still be offered, by appointment, at Field Office 1 in Manchester, Field Office 2 in Mason City, Field Office 3 in Spencer, Field Office 4 in Atlantic and Field Office 6 in Washington. However, if you wish to take your exam at the DMACC Southridge Testing Center, after receiving your exam eligibility letter, call Elizabeth at (515) 725-0463, and she will set you up with DMACC.

The advantages of using the DMACC Southridge Testing Center include:

  • Extended hours of availability
  • Convenient location availability and parking

Plus, once you indicate you want to use the DMACC testing center, you will be given a four-week window in which you can go take an exam. There will be no specific appointment date or time; you can just walk in with your eligibility letter and valid ID and take the exam. Although there are multiple workstations available, DMACC asks that you call the day before you are thinking about testing to assure an available testing station. You may call (515) 287-8720.

DMACC Southridge Testing Center: 1111 East Army Post Rd, Des Moines IA 

Southridge Testing Lab Hours are as follows:

  • Monday – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8 a.m. to Noon (All tests must be started by 9:30 a.m.)

Please call Southridge Testing Center 24 hours in advance to make sure spots are available. The contact number is (515) 287-8720. Please call Elizabeth at the IDNR at (515) 725-0463 with any questions.

Tags:  DMACC  DNR  Water 

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Webinar: Lead Service Line Identification and Replacement

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In 2019, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water will host a series of quarterly webinars highlighting challenges and successes in lead service line identification and replacement. The webinar series will showcase how states and public water systems have successfully identified lead service lines and shared that information with the public to raise awareness about the presence of lead service lines in their communities. The series will also focus on the challenges faced by states and public water systems and how they addressed those challenges. 

The first webinar, “Introduction to the Series,” is scheduled for March 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.

The first webinar will include an update from EPA OGWDW on EPA’s lead service line replacement story map, and presentations from Washington State Department of Health – “The Quest for 100% Lead Free – Listening for Lead in Washington State,” and from DC Water - “DC Water’s Service Line Map and Methods to Improve Service Line Inventory”

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8122532595856828929

Tags:  EPA 

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Top 5 Causes of Loss in 2018

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

EMC claims data shows these five categories with the most claims in 2018, with losses tallied through early October 2018.

  1. Falls, which includes slips and falls on the same level and falls from heights
  2. Fleet, with rear-end collisions and accidents in intersections topping the list
  3. Overexertion, with injuries caused by awkward postures, repetition, lifting or carrying too much, reaching, bending and twisting 
  4. Struck-by accidents, including being hit by mobile equipment, tools, moving parts, falling items from hoists, debris, or an animal
  5. Crime occurring from internal or external sources, including fraud or theft of equipment, inventory or intellectual property

For more on 2018 losses and how to further reduce risks this year, check out the entire EMC Loss Control Insights article.

Tags:  EMC  Insights 

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OSHA Final Rule on Electronic Reporting of Injury and Illness Data

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Last month, the U.S .Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the following statement:

“To protect worker privacy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending the recordkeeping regulation by rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. These establishments will continue to be required to maintain those records on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain them as needed through inspections and enforcement actions. In addition to reporting required after severe injuries, establishments will continue to submit information from their Form 300A. Such submissions provide OSHA with ample data that it will continue seeking to fully utilize. In addition, OSHA is amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to submit their Employer Identification Number electronically along with their injury and illness data submission, which will facilitate use of the data and may help reduce duplicative employer reporting. Nothing in the final rule revokes an employer's duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 for OSHA inspection. These actions together will allow OSHA to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, decrease burden on employers, and protect worker privacy and safety.

By preventing routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and body parts affected, OSHA is avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This rule will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular worker by removing the requirement for covered employers to submit their information from Forms 300 and 301. The final rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions."

The rule is only applicable to employers with 250 or more employees and only applies to the information gathered and recorded on the 300 log and the 301 form (Illness and Injury Incident Form) that accompanies each entry on the log.

This rule became effective on February 25, 2019. For more information or to determine whether this rule applies to you, call Margret Meade at 515.210.6617 or email her at mmeade@iamu.org.

Tags:  OSHA  OSHA 300  OSHA 301 

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