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IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes - 2019 DatesOpen in a New Window

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Safety Services department 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 th [...]


Registration is Open for Managing Your Utilities ConferenceOpen in a New Window

This two-day workshop, to be held July 31 and Aug. 1 at the IAMU office, is designed for city and utility clerks, as well as other utility and municipal administrative staff to better understand municipal law requirements, particularly those related to water and electric utilities, as well as dealing with customers. Individuals may attend one or both days.July 31 – 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with reception to follow Topics include: general municipal law, state government 101, open meetings/rec [...]


Manganese Testing during Sanitary Surveys to start July 1Open in a New Window

Manganese is a naturally-occurring element in the earth’s geology and is found in the surface and groundwaters of the state at various concentrations. Elevated levels of manganese have long been considered to be an aesthetic problem in drinking water, causing taste, odor, and staining problems. EPA has had an unenforceable, secondary standard of 0.05 mg/L (parts per million) for many years, below which adverse aesthetic effects are not expected to occur.  Manganese is a [...]


Open Position at IAMUOpen in a New Window

IAMU currently has a career opening for anyone looking to join our talented staff.  For more information and to apply, click the link or submit cover letter, resume and references to:Dawn Hyler, Business ManagerIowa Association of Municipal Utilities1735 NE 70th Ave.Ankeny, IA  50021-9353(515) 289-1999 or Electric Services CoordinatorThe Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) is seeking a knowledgeable professional to provide training, support, ed [...]


Lessons Learned - Ground Rod DriverOpen in a New Window

IAMU Safety Specialists hear about work-related injuries and near misses all the time. Often, injuries could have been or were avoided by following specific safety procedures and/or having the proper equipment.To help share these teachable moments, IAMU Safety Specialist Margret Meade has created a new publication called “Lessons Learned.” The goal is to provide real-life examples of what can happen and what should happen when it comes to workplace safety.The “Lessons Le [...]


Clow iHydrant Event - June 20thOpen in a New Window

IAMU Associate Member Clow Valve Co. invites you to a training and sales presentation for the Clow iHydrant pressure and temperature monitoring system developed by sister company Nighthawk.This fun and educational class will take place on Thursday, June 20th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the new Ames Water Plant, 1800 E. 13th Street, Ames, IA 50010.The iHydrant system provides real time data for your distribution system without affecting the normal operation of the fire hydrant.  Th [...]


Rigging Hardware Not Pass Inspection?Open in a New Window

If you have rigging hardware that has not passed inspection, please contact Safety Specialist Margret Meade. She would like to use it in training classes as an example of what not to use. You may contact Margret at or at 515.289.5229. [...]


Drug & Alcohol Employee / Supervisor Training WebinarsOpen in a New Window

IAMU Safety Services will be holding a Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training Webinar. This webinar will address the following: The effects of drugs and alcohol on the bodyRecognize the signs, symptoms, and indicators of substance abuse at the workplaceComply with federal DOT regulations requiring 2-hour reasonable suspicion training for supervisors 60 minutes will be spent on symptoms of alcohol abuse; 60 minutes will be spent on the symptoms of drug/controlled substance abuse.*A Certi [...]


IAMU Safety Group Insurance Program Members: Check Out The Latest NewsletterOpen in a New Window

The Safety Group Insurance newsletters are designed to raise awareness about important exposures that you face every day. Jester Insurance Services also hope that they provide you with insight to the insurance and risk management solutions available through the IAMU Safety Group Insurance Program. The spring newsletter focuses on Employment Practices Liability. As you will see in the newsletter, this exposure is on the rise for safety group members. Please share this with others in your m [...]


CCR Reminder – July 1st Deadline ApproachingOpen in a New Window

The Consumer Confidence Report is required to be distributed by July 1st by all community public water supply systems (CWS).  Even if a system uses the template sent by DNR in March, a copy of what was actually distributed to the consumers must be submitted to DNR by July 1st.  There are still about 529 reports (almost 50%) not submitted with a week to go before the deadline.Send a copy of the report to DNR by July 1st.  The certification must be sent to DNR after you’ve com [...]


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