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Infrared Thermometers Available to IAMU MembersOpen in a New Window

IAMU has received a supply of infrared thermometers from the State of Iowa for distribution to our members. We have set up the link below for members to request them. We will work on getting them either delivered or shipped to you. [...]


DNR Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Operator ExamsOpen in a New Window

Iowa's Drinking Water and Wastewater operators, pre COVID19, took proctored, standardized certification exams either at DMACC Southridge Computer Lab or, by appointment, at one of the IDNR Regional Field Offices.   Due to the ambiguity of when these venues will again be open to the public, Iowa is offering "remote proctoring".   On November 20th an operator will be able to take their Drinking Water or Wastewater certification exam on any computer that has a camera a [...]


Register now for EARTH EX 2020!Open in a New Window

EARTH EX is one of the largest cross-sector training and awareness exercises in the world focused on resilience and preparedness. Over 41 countries were represented in EARTH EX 2019. This year’s exercise is focused on the Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber threats to our shared critical infrastructure. EARTH EX is free, self-facilitated and self-evaluated. There are seven Functional Areas to choose from, with one specifically for Individuals and Families suitable for everyone to p [...]


Ahlers Client Alert - Department of Labor Issues Updates to FFCRA Regulations (Effective 9/16/20)Open in a New Window

By Attorneys Danielle Haindfield and Carrie WeberThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") is scheduled to remain in effect until December 31, 2020. The FFCRA provides additional paid leave for employees under certain qualifying conditions such as a quarantine order, diagnosis of COVID-19, or to care for a child whose school is closed due to the pandemic.On September 11, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued revisions and clarifications to its existing regulations that interpre [...]


Electric Underground Workshop CancelledOpen in a New Window

Due to the continued concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, the Electric Safety and Training Committee and IAMU made the decision to cancel the Underground Electric Workshop that was originally scheduled for this week. The committee and IAMU will continue to monitor the ongoing activities related to the virus and determine whether or not additional trainings scheduled for the future will be cancelled. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. [...]


Toolbox Talk-When Does a Telehandler Become a Mobile Crane?Open in a New Window

The latest edition of IAMU's Toolbox Talks - When Does a Telehandler Become a Mobile Crane? is now available.Click here to download it.Other Toolbox Talk articles are available here.If you have a Toolbox Talk idea, please send it to Margret Meade.IAMU has resumed the Mobile Crane Operator certification classes and you may register @  or contact Margret Meade @ 515.210.6617 or [...]


What is a Safety Stand-Down?Open in a New Window

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention".Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals.It can also be an opportunity for employees t [...]


What Is a Competent Person as Defined by OSHA?Open in a New Window

Several OSHA standards—including those relating to construction and manufacturing—refer to the need for a “competent person” as a safety component.What Is a Competent Person?While this is a commonly asked question, the answer isn’t always cut and dried. Companies usually have to make their own decision on which employees can serve as a competent person. That’s because there are no specific OSHA standards regarding competent persons. But OSHA’s def [...]


IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes - 2020 DatesOpen in a New Window

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities will be holding mobile crane certification and examination classes for digger derrick, service truck, and mobile crane operators.  OSHA’s updated crane standard REQUIRES that operators of lifting equipment be trained, evaluated and tested in order to obtain certification.Background Information:Although the new standard, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, specifically exempts the digger derrick and the operator from meeting the requirements of the stand [...]


Golfing fore Scholars to Benefit IAMU Scholarship ProgramOpen in a New Window

We are excited to announce that our annual golf outing will now be a fundraiser for the IAMU Scholarship Program (details will be announced in the coming months), and will award scholarships beginning in 2021.Registration is open for the IAMU Golfing Fore Scholars fundraiser. This event, formerly Golfing Fore Safety, will be held at Briggs Woods Golf Course on Monday, September 21, 2020. Registration information and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.  Sponsorships must be in by Se [...]


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