February 1, 2012
In This Issue
NISA in the News
NISA President Mark Ellis Interviewed by NPR on Silica
Safety
Letter from Assistant Secretary Main on 2011 Mining Fatalities
Industrial Minerals Dust Control Handbook Now Available
Rules to Live By III: Preventing Common Mining Deaths
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Requests Extension for Boiler MACT Comments
Just for Laughs!
Special Report
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry
Executive Branch
SOTU
At the Agencies
DOL Fall 2011 Regulatory Agenda
OMB Extends GHS Review
IMA-NA and NISA Events
2012 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
WEBINAR: Pulmonary Function Tests and Audiogram Reports: Interpretative Strategies and Follow-On Steps
2012 IMA-NA Washington, DC and Annual Meeting Locations and Dates
New IMA-NA Producer Member
Greer Lime Company
New IMA-NA Associate Member!
Maxi-Lift, Inc.
Other Events
CIM 2012 Conference & Exhibition
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•  2012 IMA-NA Technology Workshop, the Orlando Wyndham hotel, Orlando, FL, March 5 – 7, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  2012 IMA-NA Spring Meeting,  the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC, April 25 – 27, 2012.  Registration will open soon.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting,  the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 2012.  Registration will open soon. 
•  NISA New Entrant Conference, Eau Claire, WI, March 21, 2012.

NISA in the News
 
NISA President Mark Ellis Interviewed by NPR on Silica

National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed Mark Ellis, president of the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA), about the delayed rulemaking for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) crystalline silica standard.  The rule has been under review by the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for one-year.  NISA has consistently opposed a lowering of the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), while supporting medical and exposure monitoring at an Action Level below the PEL.  The NPR story states that during meetings with OMB, NISA "argued for mandatory exposure monitoring and medical surveillance at certain silica levels — the kind of measures that [NISA members are] already doing voluntarily.  "We have been using this program since 1977 and it's proved successful in virtually eliminating silicosis from our workforce," Ellis says.

 
To listen to the NPR story, or read the transcript, click here.

 

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Safety
 
Letter from Assistant Secretary Main on 2011 Mining Fatalities
Thirty seven miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines in 2011.  There were 21 coal mining and 16 metal/nonmetal mining fatalities last year, compared with 48 and 23, respectively, in 2010.  This makes 2011 the year with the second-lowest number of mining deaths since statistics first were recorded in 1910, according to a letter sent to the mining community from Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph Main.

To read the letter, click here.
 
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Industrial Minerals Dust Control Handbook Now Available
A three-year collaboration between the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), MSHA and IMA-NA has resulted in the publication of a seminal handbook addressing dust control in industrial minerals mining and processing.  Mined ore undergoes a number of crushing, grinding, cleaning, drying and product-sizing operations as it is processed into a marketable commodity.  These operations are highly mechanized and can generate large amounts of dust.  If control technologies are inadequate, hazardous levels of respirable dust may be liberated into the work environment.  This richly illustrated dust control handbook offers a range of engineering controls capable of limiting dust generation and worker exposure.  IMA-NA expresses its thanks to the NIOSH, MSHA and IMA-NA member-company personnel who contributed to this valuable reference work.

To access the Dust Control Handbook, click here.
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Rules to Live By III: Preventing Common Mining Deaths

MSHA launched the third phase of an outreach and enforcement program designed to strengthen efforts to prevent mining fatalities.  "Rules to Live By III: Preventing Common Mining Deaths" will focus on 14 safety standards that were chosen because violations related to each have been cited as contributing to at least five mining accidents and at least five deaths during the 10-year period from Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2010.

To read the MSHA press release, click here.

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IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Requests Extension for Boiler MACT Comments

IMA-NA, and other organizations, have penned a letter to EPA requesting an extension of the deadline for comments on Boiler MACT, the controversial proposed rules to tighten regulations on boiler emissions.  To view the letter, click here.

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Just for Laughs!
 


   

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Special Report
 
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry
IMA-NA, The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, and other mining groups, have sponsored a study to evaluate the state of the U.S. mining workforce.   The abstract states that "It is unlikely that there will be sufficient skilled mine labor to satisfy the demand over the next 20 years.  This does not mean the positions will not be filled.  Retirement and a projected global increase in demand for mine labor will likely provide a steady stream of new jobs with attractive wages.  For a period of time, the U.S. will have a workforce composed of very young and very senior workers.  A number of health and safety issues may likely result from this situation.  Finding and retaining skilled labor is likely to be a problem for mines and to some degree this may force many companies to instigate process improvements and new automation solutions.  Coincidental with these labor issues, a trend toward mineral nationalism and a potential rise in commodity prices due to a rapidly expanding global middle class may force the U.S. to reassess the value of the mining industry in the U.S."  

To download the entire report, click here.
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Executive Branch
 
SOTU
Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress.  The major theme for the speech was "An America Built to Last."  Building on that theme, the speech highlighted the significant challenges the Administration faced when they entered office in 2009.  The country faced steep job losses in the months immediately preceding President Obama's election and the months immediately following his inauguration.  The President went on to claim that over the last 22 months, the economy has been able to bring back roughly 3 million jobs.  He focused a considerable amount of time on general items that he believes will help America continue moving in a positive direction over the next year and beyond.  He spoke in general terms about the need to strengthen American manufacturing in order to create more domestic jobs.  He also spent time discussing the need to promote American energy resources, and stressed the need to continue to develop clean energy.  While the President attempted to use a positive tone throughout and called for bipartisanship to move necessary legislation, it is unlikely that the Administration or Congress will move from their entrenched positions in order to accomplish any significant policy changes this year.
 
To view the White House talking points, click here.
To view the Blue Print for an America Built to Last, click here.
 
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At the Agencies
 
DOL Fall 2011 Regulatory Agenda

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published its most recent unified regulatory agenda.  The regulatory agendas, a statement of regulatory priorities, for both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can be accessed by clicking here

 

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OMB Extends GHS Review
The White House has extended the review of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), the pending update to OSHA Hazard Communication rules which promise to align U.S. procedures of classifying and labeling chemicals with many other nations in the world.  The review will now be extended for an unspecified period of time beyond the initial 90-day review.  This places the GHS in the same category of many standards currently under extended review at the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The reasons behind the delays are not made public.
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IMA-NA and NISA Events
 
2012 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2012 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop.  The Workshop will be held March 5 – 7, 2012, at the Orlando Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, FL.  
 
To register for the event, please visit IMA-NA’s website.

  The Workshop will kick off with a field trip to Townley Engineering and Manufacturing Company.  Townley provides solutions for abrasion and corrosion wear problems.  Its core business revolves around manufacturing unique wear resistant alloys from its foundry, hand-built hose from its rubber shop, urethane elastomers, as well as a variety of knife gate and butterfly valves.  Whether your interest is operations and engineering, safety and health, or environmental affairs, the Townley field trip will offer a unique learning experience.  
 
We will have a bus leave from the hotel lobby at 10:30 AM on Monday March 5, 2012.  We will have a lunch and guided tour of the facilities and arrive back at the hotel around 5:30 PM.  If you are interested in attending this field trip, please email IMA-NA staff.  Space is limited to the first 54 registrants.  

On Tuesday, March 6th, we will once again be featuring two tracks of Workshops with one featuring issues impacting your safety, health and environment professionals and the second featuring issues impacting your operators and engineers.  The extended, mini-workshop sessions featured this year include:
 
- Legal Issues Arising from Workplace Wellness Programs
- An Update on Recent MSHA Activity
- Where’s the Money?  Practical Cost Reduction in Your Operation’s Sustainable Mine Reclamation – Current and Future Trends
- Silicosis and Exposure Monitoring
- Public Relations: Improving Your Operation’s Community and Media Relations
 

These mini-workshops will be held both Tuesday, March 6th, and Wednesday, March 7th.

  We also will be having several 30-minute presentations focusing on important issues affecting the Industrial Minerals industry.  The complete Workshop agenda is available on the IMA-NA Website.

  
 
We have arranged for a special rate of $119 at the Orlando Wyndham.  The hotel room block deadline is February 11, 2012.  Call the hotel today to make your reservations: 1-800-421-8001.  Please identify yourself as attending the IMA-NA meeting to receive your discounted room rate.

  Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this event.  We look forward to welcoming you all to sunny and warm Orlando, Florida.  
 
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WEBINAR: Pulmonary Function Tests and Audiogram Reports: Interpretative Strategies and Follow-On Steps
This webinar will provide a systematic approach to reviewing pulmonary function tests and audiograms, including identifying general issues associated with interpretation, recognizing patterns of abnormalities, and determining next steps to address abnormal results. 
 
Presenters: Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc 
 
Cost:   
$29 IMA-NA Members/person 
$59 non-members/person 
 
This webinar will be recorded and provided to each registrant along with the .PPT presentation.
 
Date:  Monday, March 26, 2012
 
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
To Register, click here.
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2012 IMA-NA Washington, DC and Annual Meeting Locations and Dates

The IMA-NA Spring Meeting will be held April 25 – 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.  We will be staying at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.   Hotel and meeting registration will open soon.

The IMA-NA Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 12 – 14, 2012, in San Diego, CA.  We will be staying at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  Further information on this meeting will be coming out in the next several months. 

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New IMA-NA Producer Member
 
Greer Lime Company
Greer Lime Company produces pebble lime, hydrated lime, limestone aggregates, ag lime, rock dust and limestone sand.  The company located near Riverton, West Virginia has high calcium limestone reserves averaging 98.0% calcium carbonate.  A new crushing and screening plant installed in 1994 conveys limestone to the limestone and lime sections of the facility.  A fine grinding plant, producing pulverized limestone, rock dust, ag lime and limestone sand, supplies the filler, coal, agriculture and glass industries as well as others.
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New IMA-NA Associate Member!
 
Maxi-Lift, Inc.
Established in 1973, Maxi-Lift, Inc. provides superior elevator buckets and accessories that exceed customer expectations.  Known globally as the toughest buckets made, Maxi-Lift elevator buckets tout larger capacities, thicker lips and corners, stronger design and less wear.  With over 700 buckets, Maxi-Lift offers a variety of elevator bucket styles, sizes and shapes available in polyethylene, nylon, urethane, ductile iron and steel.
 
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Other Events
 
CIM 2012 Conference & Exhibition
The Canadian Institute of Mining's (CIM) 29th Exhibition, May 6 -9, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, will feature the latest equipment, technology, processes and services. Buyers, planners, engineers, researchers, technical experts, managers and directors can meet the best equipment and service suppliers focused on serving the needs of the mining and minerals industry.  The technical program will serve to draw over 5,000 participants who will meet to learn, network and exchange with peers and business leaders alike.  The five technical program track themes, which each include up to 24 content-rich sessions, are: Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Operations and Maintenance, Hard Rock Prospects to Products, Soft Rock Prospects to Products.  Find out more by clicking here.

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