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Natural Gas Odorizer Training Workshop to be Held on December 13th

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 20, 2017

Presented by Nelson Technologies

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Gas Department and Nelson Technologies will offer a one-day Natural Gas Odorizer Training Workshop.  The class will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Why You Should Attend:
In recent years, the ability to maintain and/or correct deficiencies with odorizers has been difficult. The lack of company support systems, parts, and knowledge of “older” odorizers has been a common problem among municipal gas systems.  This workshop will provide hands-on training from industry experts specific to odorizers and odorization. Operators will gain a better understanding of principle odorizer functions and will be provided with replacement options for possible Capital Improvement Projects.

The following topics will be covered in detail, as well as additional hands-on training:

  • Overview of Odorization
  • YZ Systems of LVO (Low Volume Odorizer) Injection System
  • Principals of Operation
  • Breakdown of parts/components (Actual demo will be present)
  • Discuss transfer of odorant from bulk storage tank to day tank
  • Slideshow of past & current LVO installations
  • Hands-on, 6000B pump seal rebuild
  • YZ LVO Spec Sheet (Walkthrough how to fill out spec sheet)
  • Nelson Technologies Commissioning & Services provided
  • Q & A Session

Who Should Attend:
All gas operating personnel who are responsible for the periodic maintenance, troubleshooting, and PHMSA required testing of natural gas odorization systems.

Tags:  Gas  Nelson Technologies  Odorizer 

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Still Time to Register for Next Week's Energy Conference!

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 20, 2017

The IAMU 5th Annual Energy Conference will be held November 29th – December 1st, 2017, at Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

Tags:  Energy Conference  IAMU  IAMU Events  Prairie Meadows 

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IAMU Office Closed This Thursday and Friday

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 20, 2017
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Crane Compliance Date Extended for One Year

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Federal OSHA has officially issued a final rule setting compliance date for crane operator certification requirements. The extension is granted for a period of one year, ending Nov. 10, 2018. IAMU will continue to conduct Mobile Crane Operator Certification and Examination Classes throughout next year. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dan Llewellyn ( or Margret Meade ( at 800.810.4268.

Below is the official OSHA Trade Release:

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release

November 9, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane
Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule becomes effective November 9, 2017.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

Tags:  Mobile Crane  OSHA 

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New Member Benefit: Job Description Templates

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Helping to take some of the work and risk out of creating job descriptions.

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) has developed six Job Description Templates for members when creating job descriptions for position postings and for general use.

The new job description templates include ones for:

  • Electric Lineworker
  • Water Plant Operator/Technician
  •  Power Plant Operator
  •  Telecom/ Broadband Technician
  •  Gas/Water/Wastewater Superintendent or Technician
  •  Public Works/Streets/Maintenance Worker

The intent of providing Job Description Templates is to allow IAMU members to develop, enhance, or replace existing job descriptions. The detailed job descriptions allow for:

  • Better recruitment – enables you to identify the right person for each job. Detailed job descriptions clarify employer expectations for job candidates and identify essential job functions and physical requirements.
  •  Better compensation systems – allows for accurate job and skill comparisons so you can create fair and logical pay and grading systems. Detailed job descripitons can also serve as a reference tool in employee/employer disputes.
  •  Better performance evaluation – enables you to make evaluations based on objective versus subjective criteria.
  •  Better people planning – allows you to make skill-based hiring and succession planning decisions.
  •  Better legal compliance – helps your utility to stay in compliance with many laws and help defend lawsuits related to hiring or termination.
  •  Objective criteria for managing return-to-work situations – following both workplace and non-work injuries and illnesses

The templates are available to all IAMU members for free. Safety Group Insurance Program participants can also receive complimentary consulting assistance in using the templates from Dave Eaton, IAMU Risk Improvement Representative. If you are not an insurance program participant, there is a nominal fee for the added consulting services.

To access the templates, go to, sign in as a member*, go to the “Resources” section, and then to “Job Description Templates.” There you will find instructions on how to use the templates as well as the editable templates.

*If you need your member sign-in information, contact Josh Trout at*

Tags:  Dave Eaton  Job Description  Member Benefit 

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