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February eSource Newsletter: Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances

February eSource Newsletter: Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances

Chemical hazards and toxic substances pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and explosibility). This page provides basic information about chemical hazards and toxic substances in the workplace. While not all hazards associated with every chemical and toxic substance are addressed here, we do provide relevant links to other pages with additional information about hazards and methods to control exposure in the workplace. Read More...

February Insider People and Places: Justin Fry Auburn Electric General Manager

February Insider People and Places: Justin Fry Auburn Electric General Manager

Please join us in welcoming Justin Fry as the Auburn Electric General Manager. Justin grew up in Auburn, graduating from Dekalb High School in 2008. He then went on to the University of Northwestern Ohio where he earned an Associates in Applied Science in 2010. Read More..

January eSource Newsletter: The Effect of Poor Communication in the Workplace

January eSource Newsletter: The Effect of Poor Communication in the Workplace

Complexity is the name of the game when it comes to today’s fast-paced business environment. This means it’s more challenging than ever for leaders to have meaningful, two-way communication with employees. When looking to improve situations that may have been exacerbated by a lack of communication, it’s helpful to identify the precise problem or barrier, take time to understand the root cause, and then consider what solutions may best be applied to improve poor communications skills and achieve your desired results.

December eSource Newsletter

December eSource Newsletter

New Years Safety Practices for You & Your Utility Staff

The opportunity of a fresh new year brings a time to reflect upon how we can implement some significant improvements to our lives. Most people try to commit to leading a healthier lifestyle, saving money, traveling more, spending time with family, learning new skills, etc. As individuals contemplate their personal resolutions for the year ahead, businesses should also use the end of the year to reflect on the past, learn from their mistakes and commit to providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. Resolving to protect both valuable employees and assets allows your organization a tangible way to be its “best self.”

October eSource: How To Create A Safe Work Environment for Your Employees

October eSource: How To Create A Safe Work Environment for Your Employees

Creating – and maintaining – a safe work environment should be a high priority for organizations. Indeed, under Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) law, employers have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe workplace – and comply with OSHA regulations. But putting up a few safety posters and running safety training sessions once a year is not enough. Organizations need to actively foster and promote a strong culture of safety, year-round so that safety becomes a part of the enterprise’s DNA. Read More...

October Insider: 2023 IMEA Annual Meeting Honors & Awards

October Insider: 2023 IMEA Annual Meeting Honors & Awards

Thank you to all that participated the IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo

Leonard Larson, Interim Manager of Operations with Rensselaer Electric Utility was the recipient of the 2023 IMEA Frank R. Rudolph Award! The Frank R. Rudolph Award is the association’s most prestigious honor. Named after Francis R. Rudolph, Greendale, Indiana Utility Manager for nearly 40 years. The award is given to individuals who make significant contributions to Public Power in Indiana. Read More....

September eSource: Why is it important to report accidents in the workplace?

September eSource: Why is it important to report accidents in the workplace?

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! We Look Forward to Your Participation!

Every workplace wants to keep accidents to a minimum; but sometimes they happen! It is essential, no matter how minor that the accident is, that it is reported and recorded. If you are injured at work, you must report the accident to your workplace as soon as possible. Every workplace will have their own process and reporting system for accidents. Do you know how to report an accident in your workplace? Read More...

September Insider: How to Retain Top Talent in Uncertain Times

September Insider: How to Retain Top Talent in Uncertain Times

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

A changing workforce requires a new approach to employee retention if organizations want to keep their top talent in a business climate facing new uncertainties. Read More...

August eSource: Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace

August eSource: Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

Use of alcohol and other drugs before or while at work can have a significant negative impact on individuals and the people around them. Read More.....

August Insider: IMEA Welcomes Scott Hanawalt, Project Engineering Manager of Logansport Utilities to the board of directors

August Insider: IMEA Welcomes Scott Hanawalt, Project Engineering Manager of Logansport Utilities to the board of directors

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

IMEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Hanawalt, Project Engineering Manager of Logansport Utilities to the board of directors. Scott brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to the team, and we look forward to his insights and fresh ideas. Read More...

July eSource: From My Desk, Duane Richardson - Supervisor Safety

July eSource: From My Desk, Duane Richardson - Supervisor Safety

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

The overall objective of a safety program is mishap prevention. If a mishap occurs, we investigate the mishap to prevent reoccurrence. Mishap prevention involves; identifying a hazard, evaluating the hazard and correcting, controlling or eliminating that hazard. Training is a critical element of mishap prevention. Supervisors play a critical role in mishap prevention and hazard awareness and identification. Read More...

July Insider: Congratulations Kevin Rubush in Your Retirement! Congratulations Trevor Ayres! Newest Utility Foreman for the Town of Flora

July Insider: Congratulations Kevin Rubush in Your Retirement! Congratulations Trevor Ayres! Newest Utility Foreman for the Town of Flora

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

Trevor Ayres has taken on a new leadership role with Flora Utilities. Employed with Flora Utilities since March of 2017 Trevor assumed his new role June 1, 2023. Read More...

June eSource Newsletter: Heat Exhaustion / Symptoms & First Aid

June eSource Newsletter: Heat Exhaustion / Symptoms & First Aid

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo / Place your hotel reservations today!

During extremely hot and humid weather, your body's ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. It is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a list of warning signs and symptoms of heat illness, and recommended first aid steps. Read More....

June Insider: Congratulations Bob Dunderman in Your Retirement! 38 Years of Service with Logansport Utilities

June Insider: Congratulations Bob Dunderman in Your Retirement! 38 Years of Service with Logansport Utilities

2023 IMEA Annual Business Meeting & Vendor Expo! Place your hotel reservations today!

We are extending best wishes to Robert (Bob) Dunderman, who is retiring from Logansport Utilities July 7, 2023. Bob has been a dedicated member of their staff for 38 years. Read More....

May eSource Newsletter: AMI 2.0 promotes decarbonization and grid resiliency

May eSource Newsletter: AMI 2.0 promotes decarbonization and grid resiliency

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Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is no longer a collection of digital meters that handles a limited amount of data and a few routine tasks. AMI 2.0 is a powerful edge-computing network. Offering real-time data and more control over energy usage, next-gen AMI empower consumers, and helps utilities build a resilient grid with a reduced carbon footprint. Read More...

May Insider: From My Desk to Yours by IMEA Executive Director, Duane Richardson

May Insider: From My Desk to Yours by IMEA Executive Director, Duane Richardson

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Every single day we are communicating with the people around us, even if we don’t actually speak to them. The way we look at people, what we wear, our facial expressions, and our body language are just a few ways we communicate with others outside of spoken word. It is important to be aware of what message we are sending to those around us and how it is affecting them or the work you are completing. Read More....

April eSource: Utilities sound alarm over distribution transformer shortage as procurement times   surpass 1 year and costs triple

April eSource: Utilities sound alarm over distribution transformer shortage as procurement times surpass 1 year and costs triple

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A shortage of distribution system transformers is depleting replacement equipment stockpiles and delaying or canceling some electrification projects, the electric utility sector warned federal lawmakers in a November letter. The industry’s ability to quickly restore power following storms is also at risk, they said. Read More...

March eSource: How Do You Ensure Safety Compliance in the Workplace

March eSource: How Do You Ensure Safety Compliance in the Workplace

2023 IMEA Scholarship Opportunity! Applying within is coming to an end so ACT NOW!

Companies hold the responsibility of maintaining a safe workplace. From upper management to workers, everyone must hold themselves accountable for fostering a healthy work environment. To ensure safety compliance in the workplace, here are some things companies can execute. Read More...

March Insider: From My Desk to Yours by IMEA Executive Director, Duane Richardson

March Insider: From My Desk to Yours by IMEA Executive Director, Duane Richardson

What Kind of Influence Are You?

Regardless of your job title or the role you play at work, you influence the other individuals around you. We all have an influence on eachother; whether we recognize it or want to admit it, it is true. When it comes to work and workplace safety, your actions, words, and attitude can go along way in either helping or hurting the safety culture. Read More...