May 4, 2012
June 11-13, 2012: 2012 MTA Fishing Outing
July 9, 2012: 2012 MTA Golf Day
Back to top
The MTA Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2012 scholarship winners. The Foundation is awarding five scholarships to the following students:
BUD MORROW SCHOLARSHIP WINNER:
Ashley Nicole Jensen from Holloway, a customer of Federated Telephone
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Marissa Rae Dufault from Kasson, a customer of KM Telecom
Bettsy Jo Hjelseth from Akeley, a customer of Arvig
Elisa Carmen Muller from Bemidji, a customer of Paul Bunyan Communications
Alissa Tauer from Morgan, a customer of Arvig
These scholarship winners were chosen from 132 submitted applications by a review committee made up of MTA staff and MTA Foundation Board members. Dollars for Scholars scoring criteria were used to rank the applications. "All of the applications were outstanding,” said MTA President/CEO Brent Christensen, "It is really great to see so many wonderful young people in our rural communities.”
Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) holds its Annual Communications Forum on Wednesday, May 16. There is a significant emphasis on Broadband Law and Policy. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association) will be the keynote speaker. Commissioner Mike Rothman and Commissioner Carolyn Parnell, who are on the Governor's Telecommunications Sub-Cabinet, are also featured speakers. Nationally recognized speakers are also part of the program.
Attendance is open to policy makers, administrators, lobbyists, and attorneys. All MTA members will find this program beneficial and an opportunity to learn about changes in State and Federal policy from the policy makers. Click here to learn more about the program.
Back to top
OSHA published a major overhaul (858 pages) of the Hazard Communication standard (1910.1200), with official publication in the Federal Register. HazCom is the rule addressing material safety data sheets (MSDS) and chemical labeling. You may soon be bombarded with urgent offers for training, services, and products to comply with the new standard. The rule is effective May 25, 2012, but the compliance dates allow plenty of time to transition to the new rules; the MTA Safety Consultants will provide the required training well in advance of the due date.
Here's what you need to know:
The new rule "harmonizes" HazCom with the European system, and will require a complete overhaul of all MSDS, chemical labels, and employee training programs. The goal is standardization of chemical information, better classification of hazards and more complete information for chemical users.
In the new system, MSDSs will be called "SDSs" — safety data sheets. Covered employers must complete all training regarding the new label elements and SDS format by December 1, 2013 since employees will begin seeing the new style labels considerably earlier than the compliance date for labeling.
OSHA is requiring compliance with all of the provisions for preparation of new labels and safety data sheets by June 1, 2015. Systems that meet either the new or old rules are acceptable until that date. However, distributors will have an additional six months (until December 1, 2015) to distribute containers with old labels in order to accommodate those they receive very close to the compliance date.
Employers will also have an additional year (until June 1, 2016) to update their hazard communication programs or any other workplace signs, if applicable.
The MTA Safety Program will provide the necessary training and assist companies in updating their hazard communications programs. Our Safety Consultants will provide inventory audits this summer during our field observation visits in preparation for the new standard.
If you have any questions regarding this revision or any other topic, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Berg, M.S.
Lead Safety Consultant
Back to top
Please join us as we offer Daryl Ecker best wishes on his retirement! Park Region Telephone & Otter Tail Telcom request the pleasure of your company Friday, May 18 at Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls, MN. Please bring your best Daryl-At-Work story to share!
climb poles on road jobs.
Daryl eagerly took on that
position and loved it! He
was then offered a full-time
position with the Company
and in 1984 became Sales
Manager. In 1996, Daryl
was tasked with starting
what is now a fixture of
Fergus Falls, Otter Tail
Telcom. He was promoted
to Network Operations
Manager in 2004, the very
position he holds at the
time of his retirement.
It is our privilege now to
honor Daryl for the 40
years of exceptional service
he has given our Company.
A reception will begin at
3 p.m. on Friday, May
a short program at 6:30 p.m. We would be
honored if you would join
us in wishing Daryl all the
best in his retirement.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Waiting for the perfect time to register for the 2012 OPASTCO Summer Convention and Tradeshow? There's no time like the present! Through Friday, May 4, save $200 off our convention attendee fees, including our discounted fees for all Michigan and Minnesota attendees!
It really is as straightforward as that... simply register online or use our convenient pay-by-check form by Friday, May 4, to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. Visit the OPASTCO website to get started.
We're also finalizing our lineup of general and breakout sessions, and stay tuned for rewarding news regarding our tradeshow!
Do you have an announcement for People & Companies? Send an e-mail to MTA at email@example.com or fax to 651-290-2266.
Back to top
Is there someone in your organization who you would like to add to the distribution list? Send their name, company and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to the list.
News Bytes is intended for MTA members. Redistribution is limited to internal audiences only. If you wish to be removed from the MTA email list, you may unsubscribe here.
© Copyright 2012
Minnesota Telecom Alliance
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252 | St. Paul, MN 55114-8679
www.mnta.org | Tel: 651-291-7311 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: email@example.com