February 10, 2012
In This Issue
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Supports Boiler MACT Relief
At the Agencies
MSHA Reorganizes to Centralize Oversight of Assessments, Accountability Programs
2012 MSHA Spring Thaw Schedule
Secretary of Labor to Host Live Web Chat Feb. 13 on Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request
OSHA Respirator Videos Available
Just for Laughs!
New IMA-NA Resources Available
Industrial Minerals Dust Control Handbook Now Available
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry
IMA-NA Events
2012 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
WEBINAR: Pulmonary Function Tests and Audiogram Reports: Interpretative Strategies and Follow-On Steps
Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Location and Dates
Other Events
CIM 2012 Conference & Exhibition
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IMA-NA Events Calendar
•  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.  Click here to register.
•  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.

IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Supports Boiler MACT Relief
IMA-NA, along with 380 companies and associations, sent a letter to all members of the House and Senate urging them to support the inclusion of the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 in the payroll tax extension package.  The legislation (H.R. 2250/S. 1392) addresses the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) harmful Boiler MACT regulations.  It would stay all four Boiler MACT rules, give the EPA an additional 15 months to re-propose the rules, require the agency to develop achievable standards and extend the compliance time frame for existing boilers from three to five years.  Click here to read the letter.
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At the Agencies
 
MSHA Reorganizes to Centralize Oversight of Assessments, Accountability Programs
MSHA Press Release
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration recently announced a reorganization designed to centralize its oversight of certain cross-cutting, compliance-related actions.  MSHA's Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations will incorporate the management, support and coordination of both routine and special assessments, as well as agency headquarters accountability functions and special enforcement strategies.  This list includes the citing of flagrant violations, investigations of retaliation claims and possible criminal violations, impact inspections, the pattern of violations program and the use of injunctive authority.  To read the press release, click here.
 
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2012 MSHA Spring Thaw Schedule
MSHA Notice
MSHA has announced its schedule for the 2012 Spring Thaw workshops.  The M/NM industry will host several cooperative mine safety and health workshops around the nation to increase awareness of mining hazards.  Safety professionals from mining companies as well as MSHA personnel will share information and experiences in dealing with mining hazards.  The seminars will coincide with winter's end, when many intermittently operated mining operations begin producing again, often with new employees who are new to the mining environment.  Statistics show that accidents tend to increase during April and May.  There is no charge to attend the seminars.  To view the schedule, click here.
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Secretary of Labor to Host Live Web Chat Feb. 13 on Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request
DOL Notice
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and assistant secretaries for U.S. Department of Labor agencies will host a live Web chat to discuss the department’s fiscal year 2013 budget request on Monday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. EST.  After the event, a transcript of the entire chat will be available on the department’s website.  Click here to participate.
 
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OSHA Respirator Videos Available
OSHA Notice
OSHA has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job.  These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction.  Topics include OSHA’s Respiratory Standard, respirator use, training, fit-testing and detecting counterfeit respirators. The videos are available with closed captioning for streaming or download from OSHA's website by clicking here.
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Just for Laughs!
 


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New IMA-NA Resources Available
 
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 at the IMA-NA website, click here.
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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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IMA-NA 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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Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
Registration for the IMA-NA Spring Meeting will be held April 24 – 27, 2012, in Washington, DC.  We will be staying at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.  Make your hotel reservations by calling 1-800-635-5065 (identify yourself as attending the IMA-NA meeting to receive the group rate of $265).  The group rate is valid for 3 days before and after the meeting.  Stays over the weekend following the meeting receive the rate of $149.  To receive the special rates, make your reservations by April 2, 2012.
 
Click here to register and to view the program.
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2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Location and Dates

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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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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