FREE WEBINAR! October 21, 2015

Make the Most of Your
Iowa-Illinois Safety Council Membership!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:00 PM
This webinar is for not only new members, but anyone interested in learning more about the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council and how to get the most mileage out of your membership.  Please attend and ask questions.  We can't wait to see you there!
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Networking Breakfast - October 29, 2015


Special Guest Speaker:
Chuck Goodman

Persuading people to adopt better safety practices is like asking a children to eat their vegetables.  Sure, it’s good for you, but does it taste good?  Relying on humor and fun, Chuck Goodman will address the role actions like distraction, boredom, inattention and complacency play in our daily choices to live safer lives.  Please join us for this engaging presentation on WHY SAFETY?  You will leave with heightened dedication to safety AND with a smile on your face!

October 29, 2015 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Hilton Garden Inn - 
8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131

Registration: $25 per person

Tailgating Safety Tips

Summer is over and football season has begun!  Tailgating before the big game can be a fun experience for everyone.  Make your tailgating experience more enjoyable by following a few simple tailgating safety tips before and after the game. 

Respect Food Temperatures
Steak, chicken and potato salad are tailgating staples, but maintaining proper food temperatures can be easily overlooked. To prevent bacteria from growing, store cold foods in a cooler with plenty of ice and keep hot foods insulated. While an interception can quickly sour your day, a bad pass is nothing compared to food poisoning.

Use Gas Grills Safely
Loose gas hoses and improper lighting can cause a host of problems that put you and neighboring fans in danger. An all-too-common mistake is lighting a gas grill while the top is closed, which can result in an explosion. If you’re unfamiliar with your grill’s safety features, read your safety guide before the game.

Bring Fire Extinguisher and First Aid Kit
A hot grill, wind and debris can lead to sudden fires or accidents, so be prepared with a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit. Check the expiration date on the fire extinguisher before packing it and keep it nearby while grilling. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grill at all times.

Too much of a good thing can be bad, and when you’re in the sun all afternoon, dehydration, sunburn and even sun poisoning can quickly set in. Drinking plenty of water and coming equipped with sunscreen and your favorite sports team’s hat can keep you protected from the effects of harmful rays.

Check If Coals Have Cooled
After grilling a batch of steaks, some people leave the air and wind to cool down the coals as head over to the game. But this is one way that banners, tents and even cars may catch fire. Instead, grill early on when you tailgate and make sure you completely put out the embers. And look for specially designated bins where you can dispose of hot coals.

Dispose of Trash Properly
Tossing garbage on the ground can pose dangers for other drivers who don’t see it when they pull out of the parking lot. Keep a garbage bag with your party while tailgating and make sure you collect all trash before going into the stadium. This will keep you from forgetting anything and lessen the mess when you return to your car.

Hide Valuables
While you’re inside watching the game, criminals could be winning a game of their own by breaking into fans’ vehicles. Leaving valuables at home is never a bad policy when going to a large public forum. If you have valuables in your car, hide them from plain sight and keep doors locked and alarms on.

Designate a Driver
Some people may walk out of a game not realizing that they’ve had one too many. Designating a driver who will avoid alcohol is a small action that may end up saving someone’s life.

Remove Debris Before Driving Home
Driving over cans or glass bottles when leaving the game can cause serious damage to your vehicle. It pays to take a quick walk around your vehicle to remove anything that may damage your tires and leave you waiting for a tow truck. Don’t forget to look under your car, as well.

Take Extra Precautions in Parking Lots
No one likes to drive in a crowd, and racing through the parking lot to get out of the stadium can only spell trouble. To avoid the embarrassment of hitting a parked car, watch your speed and give yourself plenty of space to maneuver around vehicles when you leave.

Resource:  Allstate

September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait.  Communicate.  
Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

Weekly focused themes

Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
Week 4:  September 20-26th        Power Outage
Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )


2015 Awards Photos Now Available!

Click here to view the photos from the 2015 Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2015 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.  
IISC honored over 100 Hazard Control Recognition Award recipients including five companies who recieved the President's Choice Award:
- ESCO Group - Marion, IA
- MH Equipment - East Peoria, IL
- Sukup Manufacturing Co. - Sheffield, IA
- John Deere Harvester Works - East Moline, IL
- Perishable Distributors of Iowa, LTD - Ankeny, IA
Also recognized during this event was Rockwell Collins from Cedar Rapids, Iowa with the Community Enrichment Award.  This award recognizes one member organization who has contributed significantly to their local community in areas of safety, health or environmental efforts. 

IISC's Online Video Streaming - Video Highlight

Slips & Falls
Item #3004 - 12 minutes

Punctuated with the just the right amount of humor and realistic accident re-enactments this video covers hazards ranging from housekeeping practices to ladder use. It delivers important procedural information in an attention keeping "attitude" framework. Appropriate for a wide variety of work settings.

Make sure you have signed up with an account via the Member's Only Page to get the IISC rental rate!

Not familiar with IISC's audiovisual streaming library? 

Click here for complete details.


Upcoming Classes and Events

October 6, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - Advanced Safety Certificate Course
Location: Eastland Suites & Hotel 1801 Eastland Dr Bloomington, IL
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October 13, 2015
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Powered Industrial Truck & Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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October 13, 2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crane and Hoist Safety & Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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October 14, 2015
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lockout Tagout & Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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October 14, 2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Confined Spaces Training & Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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October 20, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
OSHA 500
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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