REGISTER NOW! CSP Comprehensive Exam Preparation Workshop

April 7-9, 2015 in Des Moines, IA

Instructed by David Langlois - President of Langlois, Weigand & Associates, this three-day course is designed to prepare individuals for the Comprehensive Examination leading to certification as a CSP.  Participants have successfully passed the Fundamentals Examination, or were exempt because of another certification acceptable to the BCSP such as CIH or GSP.  The course covers all three areas of the exam.  The course consists of lectures, sample problems, and discussions on a variety of subjects to prepare the student for the exam.  Pertinent reference materials are also discussed to allow students to focus their studies in specific areas prior to sitting for the exam.

For more complete information or to register online - click here.

Networking Breakfast

The best part of waking up,
is SAFETY in your cup!

Please joins us for Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's Des Moines area breakfast group.  This is a networking opportunity for members to learn about the latest in safety, health, and environmental issues.

November 11, 2014 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny
2405 SE Creekview Dr - Ankeny, IA

Early bird registration: $25 per person
Registration after November 4th: $35 per person


Special Guest Speaker:

Gary Higbee, CSP - renowned as IISC's Board President, President & CEO of Higbee & Associates AND Senior Safety Consultant for SAFESTART, the most successful safety training process in the world.


Downtown Fire Tests EMC's Emergency Response Skills

EMC Insurance Companies understands the importance of business continuity planning and has had a business continuity plan since 1989. It's updated annually, and the emergency response team holds regular table-top drills. This spring the company proved firsthand how much this planning pays off during a time of crisis.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29, a blaze in the historic downtown Des Moines Younkers building quickly escalated into a three-alarm fire and significantly damaged two EMC buildings across the street. With swift decision-making and tireless effort, EMC's emergency response team successfully restored the company to full working order without any interruption in business and only one day of physical closing.

Updates For Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's Hazard Control Recognition Award Program

IISC unveiled the NEW Hazard Control Recognition Award Program in July of 2013. The new awards program was celebrated this past April during the safety awards ceremony at IISC's Annual Professional Development Conference & Expo with 86 IISC members receiving Hazard Control Recognition Awards. Thirteen of the 86 received the President's Award.


The intent of the revamped safety award program is a focus on safer workplaces, while providing a mechanism for the IISC membership to share successful projects contributing to controlling hazards within their individual workplaces, and recognizing member companies for their safety, health, and environmental accomplishments with hazard control.


Year one of the new safety awards program provided the IISC board of directors and staff with a few areas of review and consideration.  We looked at the criteria and made a couple of changes that will make this program work for YOU, while achieving the ultimate goal of providing a resource to share ideas with hazard controls for IISC members.  

Are YOU Ready to Become a National Safety Council First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor?

Have you considered the value of providing a strong First Aid/CPR/AED program within your safety, health, and environmental education plan?   Iowa-Illinois Safety Council has the training programs, tools, and resources to ensure YOUR success - NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL's FIRST AID/CPR/AED PROGRAMS!

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids among 15 Safest Cities for Drivers

Iowa’s two biggest cites are among the 15 safest for drivers, according to the annual Allstate Safe Drivers Report.

Cedar Rapids ranks 11th and Des Moines 13th. The report looks at insurance claims data and factors in years between claims.

A driver in Cedar Rapids goes an average of 12.1 years between automotive insurance claims. Des Moines drivers go about 12 years between claims, according to Allstate.

“Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are places that are getting the message,” said Stephanie Howell, Allstate spokeswoman. “People in those cities are slowing down and avoiding distracted driving.”

Fort Collins, Colorado, was the top city for safe driving, with an average of 14.2 years between accident claims. The highest-ranking Midwestern city was Kansas City, Kansas, with an average of 12.9 years between claims.

The Iowa cities both showed improvement in their rankings. Des Moines improved 12 spots from their 25th ranking a year ago. Cedar Rapids gained five spots from a No. 16 ranking in 2013.

FREE - Multi-language Traffic Safety Videos


To assist community stakeholders in educating new Americans about important traffic safety issues, AAA has teamed with ECHO to produce a series of three short videos. These videos address nationally recognized best practices in the areas of distracted driving; impaired driving and speeding; and seatbelt and child safety seat use. Each video is produced in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. The professional high-quality videos are available on one DVD for law enforcement, community health agencies and other traffic safety organizations.

For copies of the free DVD, send an email with your name, agency and number of copies needed. Also, please provide a brief description of how the videos will be used and the number of people who will be reached. Send email to:

To view the videos, visit


IISC's Online Video Streaming - Video Highlight

Breathing clean air is what everyone needs to do to stay safe and healthy on the job. But some jobs can expose workers to contaminants that can cause simple irritation or even a serious illness. A respirator is a piece of Personal Protective Equipment like gloves or a hard hat, but they are more complex and require specific training before use. Air purifying respirators can be an effective means to keeping harmful contamination out of worker's lungs, but need to be selected, fitted, used and maintained in a way that assures protection.

This program covers: hazards in the air, health screening, respirator types, and cartridges and filters as well as inspecting, using, and maintaining your respirator.

Respiratory Protection: A Guide to Clean Breathing
Item #4391 - 18 minutes 

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 21, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene - Advanced Safety Certificate Course
Location: Country Inn & Suites 2403 E Empire St  Bloomington, IL
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November 11, 2014
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast
Location: Courtyard by Marriott  2405 SE Creekview Dr Ankeny, IA
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November 12, 2014
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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November 12, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Accident/Incident Investigation and Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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November 19, 2014
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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November 19, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aerial Lift Safety & Train-the-Trainer
Location: IISC Office 6200 Aurora Ave Suite 604W Urbandale, IA
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