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New Name, Same Great Program, Services, and People...with an Addition

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IAMU’s Job Training and Safety (JT&S for short) Services is now Safety Services. The department and its staff will continue to provide the same services, programs, tools, and resources. The name change just provides consistency with IAMU’s other departments. In addition, IAMU has created a logo for Safety Services. The logo will make it easy for you to visually recognize when any communication comes from the Safety Services area.

But that’s not all…

IAMU would like to welcome its new Safety Manager, Larry Banwart, who will oversee Safety Services.  Larry has years of experience in the safety field, as well as extensive experience and skills in team building and process improvement. Most recently, Larry was the Safety Manager & Site Safety Manager at McAninch Corp. in the Des Moines area.  Before that, he worked in the wind energy field, as an Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor. Larry also worked at H.J. Heinz as their Environmental Health and Safety Manager at the Cedar Rapids plant. 

Tags:  JT&S  Larry Banwart  Safety Services 

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Trenching & Shoring Competent Person Workshop - February 22nd

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

OSHA requires a competent person be on-site at every excavation.  The competent person is required to evaluate site safety and resolve existing and potential hazards.

This workshop is designed for city and utility employees and outside contractors employed by a city, or anyone working in a trenching and shoring situation.  It is an excellent opportunity to become qualified as a competent person (or stay current with the responsibilities).

The DNR has approved 0.6 CEUs for WD and WW only.

The training received will cover the overall requirements of the law, including:

  • Employee Safety
  • Dealing with traffic
  • Soil identification
  • Emergency equipment
  • Determining if shoring is needed
  • Proper methods of trenching and shoring

Contact the contractors that work for your city/utility and encourage them to attend.

To register, please click here.

Tags:  Competent Person  JT&S  Safety 

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OSHA Fines to Increase Significantly in 2016

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In less than six months, entities will face OSHA fines that are nearly twice as much as they have been for 25 years. The increase comes as a result of a congressional budget deal signed into law in November.  While OSHA has not yet put the hike into effect, the law requires the Agency to do so before August 1, 2016.

willful and repeat violations fines are expected to increase from $70,000 to $127,000, and serious violations fines are expected to increase from $7,000 to $12,700. This is an increase of about 80 percent.

If you need assistance with your safety program or training, give IAMU’s safety department a call - 800-810-4268 or email mkinkade@iamu.org.

Tags:  JT&S  OSHA  Safety 

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OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Course - Registration Open!

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, February 4, 2016

 

IAMU will be hosting an OSHA 10-hour Construction Outreach Course March 14th & 15th.

This basic safety course is recommended for workers and supervisors or those who have been  given the task of developing and managing their employer’s safety program.   

Contractors: Many cities also require their contractors to maintain a safety program to be eligible to work for them.  The OSHA 10-Hour course will help those owners, managers, and employees develop a solid  safety foundation at their company to hopefully avoid incidents while working for the city or utility.  Hiring a contractor to perform work for the city/utility does not eliminate all liabilities to the city.  The contractor’s incident could drag you into litigation.  This is why contractors you hire should have a strong safety program.    

Topics to be covered:  Introduction to OSHA, record keeping (300 logs), multi-employer citation policy, competent person requirements, OSHA’s focus four topics (electrical, fall protection, caught-in and struck- by hazard recognition),  health hazards in construction, personal protective equipment, and hand & power tools.

 

Participants will receive a  laminated wallet card from the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA certifying successful completion of this OSHA 10-Hour course. 29 CFR 1926 CFR Book & course material furnished.

 

For more information, please click here

Tags:  10-Hour  JT&S  OSHA  OSHA 10-Hour  Safety 

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Trenching & Shoring Competent Person Workshop - February 25th

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 

OSHA requires a competent person be on-site at every excavation.  The competent person is required to evaluate site safety and resolve existing and potential hazards.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to become qualified as a competent person (or stay current with the responsibilities).

The DNR has approved 0.6 CEUs for WD and WW only.

To register, please click here.

Tags:  Competent Person  JT&S  Safety 

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