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MIAMA Vendor Member Spotlight: Master Electric

MIAMA Vendor Member Spotlight: Master Electric
Welcome New Vendor Member – Master Electric
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Don’t risk losing ice time! Master Electric is a proud provider of TEGG™ Services. A TEGG™ Service is a non-destructive, predictive, proactive and preventative energized inspection utilizing Infrared and Ultrasonic technology along with visual/mechanical verification to identify areas of premature & imminent failure in your electrical distribution system. A TEGG™ service puts you into a predictive stance, thereby scheduling electrical repairs rather than experiencing them. TEGG™ also provides the proper documentation and base for NFPA-70E arc flash compliance requirements which protects your employees, and drastically limits your risk and liability. OSHA, NEC, NFPA and insurance companies require it.

In addition to TEGG™ Services, our t.e.s.t.t. division provides a full slate of highly technical testing services. These include but are not limited to: Automation & EMS; Circuit Breaker Testing; Power Quality Monitoring; Uninterrupted Power Supply Maintenance; Motor Testing; De-Energized “CTTLE” (Clean, Tighten, Torque, Lube & Exercise). Critical components like compressors and dehumidifiers won’t work if your electrical system fails. We are happy to work with your existing electrical contractor to ensure you don’t have any outages due to component failure as well as keep your facility in compliance. Visit testtcompany.com for additional information. Thank you!

Media Contact: Jake Kranz
Certified TEGG Specialist
Master Electric
8555 W 123rd St
Savage, MN 55378
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The Zamboni Man returns for Hockey Day Minnesota - Walt Bruley MIAMA Alumni Board Member

Another fun interview with MIAMA Alumni Board Member Walt Bruley.




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February 2016 Monthly Board Member Article

Everyday Education on Indoor Air Quality

By Mat Hennen - Runestone Community Center

Did you know that in 1973 Minnesota was the first state to pass laws and promulgate rules to protect the public from exposure to exhaust emissions that can occur in ice arenas?  The Enclosed Sports Arena Rule was amended in 1977 to ensure that all enclosed arenas with any type of combustion engine were incorporated in this law.  Then, nearly 40 years later the law was revised and (among other changes) lowered allowable levels of carbon monoxide (CO) to 20 parts per million (ppm) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to .03 ppm.

I believe that the subject of indoor air quality is widely over looked by part time employees. The state of Minnesota has 201 indoor ice facilities that house 273 indoor ice arenas -with each facility being inspected every year by MDH. It is difficult to find time to maintain and educate the large part time staff that Minnesota ice arenas thrive off of. I would like to make it easier for everyone to understand some key facts that are needed in order to develop every day education on air quality.

The hardest goal to complete as a supervisor is to find a reasonable amount of time with part time employees to provide necessary information. It can also be difficult finding a way to engage them and to reiterate to them how important the information is for the job they do.  When I was required to train part time employees on air quality tests and awareness my part time employees did not fully understand their responsibility.  One employee even stated, “I don’t get paid enough for that.”  When training new employees, I prefer to wait a couple days to talk to them about the importance of indoor air quality.  This gives me time to build rapport with new employees; therefore they are more receptive to my training and education.  Rapport can also be built via other employees who can make new hires feel competent in the arena.  

After speaking with John Olson, the enforcement coordinator from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we both came to an agreement that it only takes a few minutes to talk with your part time employee to provide the required indoor air quality training. We spoke about the everyday education that should be passed along for continuing education on air quality.

Three major points of emphasis came from our discussion, including making sure:

·         at least one trained staff is in the arena whenever it is open,

·         air tests are being taken on the right day and time (including once on the weekends) , and

·         required records are made available  to MDH and the public at all times.

Often time’s part time employees lack the necessary education and training in order to provide appropriate air quality control. According to MDH, the requirements for air quality control and education for part time employees are quick and easy to access on the MDH web site.  The education and training is needed to be performed at least once a year.

Olson states: “We tend to show up (for inspections) on busy evenings and weekends.  We have noticed that part time employees are often running the rinks on the weekends and that they often haven’t been trained in the Indoor Ice Arena Rules and don’t know where required records are being kept.” MDH has found that air tests are often not being done on the weekends.  The rules clearly state that carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide levels need to be taken at least twice a week, at maximum resurfacer use, including at least once on Saturday or Sunday. Olson mentioned that “even if you open the doors for a few hours on the weekend you need to do a test.”

Another concern noted by the MDH is that records are not available for the part time employee even if he was educated correctly. These document are not assessable to them on an everyday basis.  Many times they are locked away in an office over the weekend or after the trained full time operator has left for the day. The part time employee has no idea where their certificate is and/or they have not been appropriately trained. 

Now that we have discussed some concerns regarding education and training for air quality control, here are some basic standards that staff need to be made aware of every year:

·         acceptable air quality conditions,

·         methods to maintain the acceptable levels in your building,

·         proper operation and storage of air quality measuring devices,

·         proper collection of air quality tests,

·         appropriate actions for correction of unacceptable air quality, and

·         proper record keeping (what records need to be kept and where).

A majority of good air quality control can be achieved with a proper, good working ice machine as well as the following ideas:  when shutting down a machine do you have a plan, is your ventilation working with every resurface, is it only manually done by the operator, are there toxic alerts placed in the building, and does the ventilation work with your dehumidification air handlers through programing?  Above are just some trouble shooting ideas I have had to work through in the past in order to maintain proper air quality. 

I hope the above scenarios can help to educate and maintain ongoing discussion regarding the importance of air quality control.  It is important to prepare part time employees for times of poor air quality.  This will assist in planning for corrective actions, planning for steps that need to be taken, and completing necessary documentation. Information outlining air quality control standards, necessary times required for air quality measurements, and emergency contact information for all employees needs to be kept available to staff. It is also important to have easily accessible documentation for the public.

Air monitoring logs are due quarterly 15 days after the end of the quarter. For example, monitoring completed between January 1 and March 31, the air monitoring logs are due on or before April 15th.

Here are the web sites, email, and phone numbers with MDH for all questions and concerns.


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Longtime MIAMA Member Jim ‘Sliv’ McGree gets permanent honor at Hastings Civic Arena

In 2013, Jim “Sliver” McGree retired from his post as the Hastings Civic
Arena manager. He devoted 30 years to the arena, and his efforts made a
big impact on many of the people who used and visited the arena
regularly. At the time, he was recognized with a ceremony before a
varsity boys hockey game.

Now, McGree’s legacy will be a permanent fixture in the arena. The east
rink was officially renamed “McGree East Rink” Monday evening, following
a unanimous city council vote. The name of the complex, the Hastings
Civic Arena, remains unchanged.

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2016 MIAMA Spring Workshop - Tuesday, May 3rd @ Bielenberg Sports Center, Woodbury, MN

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