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Gas "Boot Camp" Operator Qualification Training Workshop - September 23-27

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mark your calendars for the fall Gas “Boot Camp” Operator Qualification Training Workshop.  This workshop will take place September 23-27, 2019 at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.

Who Should Attend:

  • This workshop is designed to give personnel new to the natural gas industry all of the basic fundamentals needed to aid in the day-to-day operations as well as the ability to perform certain “On-Call” tasks.
  • In addition, any office personnel who may receive a report of a natural gas leak (Dispatch personnel) should attend to obtain all the qualifications that are needed to perform their duties.
  • This workshop is also beneficial to natural gas operators who are looking to gain additional training, re-qualify on tasks offered, as well as providing a great opportunity to network with other operators from around the State addressing problems, concerns, techniques, etc.

Dispatch personnel should plan to attend Monday, September 23rd.

Qualifications will be offered for topics covered.

Registration is open.

NOTE:  This class is limited to 15 attendees.  The first 15 that register will fill all available seats.  If more than 15 attendees sign up, you will be notified that an additional workshop will be scheduled at a later date.

The registration deadline for this workshop is Friday, September 20, 2019.  You may register online, mail, or fax the registration form in.  For additional information and online registration, please click HERE.

Tags:  Gas  OQ 

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Happy Safe + Sound Week is August 12-18, 2019

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We take our member’s safety seriously and we know that you do, too! So, this year IAMU is participating in OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, which runs through Aug. 18. This is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and shares ideas on how to keep workers safe.

Here are a few simple suggestions from OSHA that you can follow to make a difference in your employee’s perception of safety:

  • Create a board for workers to display suggestions to help find and fix workplace hazards.
  • Hold a demonstration on proper use of safety equipment.
  • Host an informal “lunch and learn” on a part of your safety program.
  • Recognize a safety milestone and employee contributions with a party.

One of the most effective ways to promote safety year-round is to make a “why I work safely” board with pictures of your employee’s loved ones. We will be sharing extra Toolbox Talks during Safe + Sound Week about the importance of hearing conservation and the proper fit of hearing protection. Take a few extra minutes during Safe + Sound Week to promote safety and health (at home, too).

IAMU has created two Toolbox Talks on workplace hearing issues. Workplace hearing loss is one of the most common work-related injuries. You can download the Toolbox Talks by clicking here.

From Lessons Learned and Toolbox Talks to webinars and workshops – we make every effort to make safety easier for you. If you have a safety suggestion, please send it to so that it can be shared. If you observe Safe + Sound Week in any way, please share what you did with us by sending a message to IAMU will be providing appreciation gifts to all those who participate.

Tags:  OSHA  Safe + Sound Week  Safety  Toolbox Talk 

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You’re Invited to the Water and Wastewater Workers Appreciation Luncheon

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 12, 2019

IAMU is hosting a luncheon on Friday, August 23, 2019, at IAMU, as part of Water and Wastewater Workers Week. The event will go from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The menu includes hamburgers, brats, salads, chips, and cookies. We will also be drawing for door prizes.

Tags:  Wastewater  Water  Water and Wastewater Workers Appreciation Luncheon 

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Aug. 11 Serves as Convenient Reminder for Iowa Residents to Always Call 811 Before Digging

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IAMU encourages people to make a free call 2 days before digging to know what’s below

With Aug. 11 almost here, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 (or visit prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every few minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

IAMU encourages its members to observe 811 Day and spread the message about the importance of calling (or clicking) before you dig. IAMU will be sharing a social media post for 811 Day on its Facebook page. You may share it on your Facebook page from the IAMU page. If you would like the post ahead of time, download the image below.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

Visit for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

Tags:  811  811 Day  Iowa One Call  Safety 

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IAMU Underground Electric Workshop - September 18-20

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mark your calendars for this year’s Underground Electric Distribution Workshop.  This year’s workshop will take place September 18 – 20 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

A variety of classroom topics and hands-on stations will be offered at this year’s training including:

  • Directional Boring & Duct Handling
  • Technical Locating
  • Elbows & Terminations
  • Troubleshooting / Protective Grounding
  • Cable Identification
  • Primary & Secondary Splicing
  • Trencher Operation

Apprenticeship testing is available on September 17 and the morning of September 18.  Apprentices are able to take their Year-end/Module Final Exams as well as Year-end/Module Final Skill Evaluations.  *Apprentices must pre-register for testing and skill evaluations.*  These are the only available times, during the workshop, for evaluations and registration is limited.

*Registration is capped at 48 participants.*

For additional information regarding the workshop, including online registration, brochure, agenda and schedule, please click HERE.

Tags:  Apprenticeship  Electric  Underground 

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