March 9, 2012
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2012 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
The 2012 Workshop has Concluded; Presentations are Available for Download
Silicosis and Exposure Monitoring: Bob Glenn, Glenn Consulting Group
Public Relations: Ways to Improve Your Community and Media Relations: Marty Lehman, Badger Mining Corporation, Brent Rush, Rio Tinto and Robin Crawford, Finn Partners
A Review of MSHA Regulations and Policy: Cole Wist and Matt Cooper, Ogletree Deakins
Legal Issues Arising from Workplace Wellness Programs: Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele Abrams
Where's the Money? Practical Cost Reductions in Your Operations: David Nus, Volvo Construction Equipment
Sustainable Mine Reclamation - Current and Future Trends: Wendy Schlett, GZA and Mike Melton, Fairmount
Helmet-CAM: Identifying and Evaluating Control Technologies to Reduce Workers' Dust Exposures: Andy Cecala, NIOSH
Lending a Hand: Using Ergonomics in the Recognition and Prevention of Upper Extremity Injuries: Marc Turina, SOMA
Recent Challenges in Permitting Fugitive Dust Sources: Fawn Bergen and Steven Marks, Golder
Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing: Andy Cecala, NIOSH
Discrimination Cases Under the Mine Act: Managing Your Problem Child: Willa Perlmutter, Crowell & Moring
Rule to Live By III: Dana Svendsen, Jackson Kelly
Developing an Effective Ergonomics Program: Kent Hatcher, Humantech
Review of Chief Methods of Industrial Mineral Concentration: Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez
Reducing Power Costs when Pumping Mineral Slurries: Bryan True, Townley Engineering and Manufacturing
Addressing Production and Maintenance Issues with Dry Materials Handling Valves: Terry Maholland and Kevin Peterson, Salina Vortex
The Challenges of Obtaining Special Use Permits Mining: Mark Krumenacher, GZA
Industrial Minerals in the Oilfield: Why They Need Them and How We Make Them: A.J. DeCenso, Sweco/Ecutec/M-I SWACO
Frac Sand–The Next Big Industrial Minerals Thing: Bob Archibald, Behre Dolbear & Company
Dewatering of Tailings from Specialty and Frac Sand Processing: Greg Smith, Phoenix Process Equipment
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: Pulmonary Function Tests and Audiogram Reports: Interpretative Strategies and Follow-On Steps
WEBINAR: 10 Things Every Mining Company Should Make Publicly Available
WEBINAR: Federal Wildlife Laws Affecting The Minerals Industry – Overview And Current Issues
Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Location and Dates
2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
Just for Laughs!
Other Events
Oilfield Minerals Outlook
CIM 2012 Conference & Exhibition
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•  WEBINAR: Pulmonary Function Tests and Audiogram Reports: Interpretative Strategies and Follow-On Steps, March 26, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  WEBINAR: 10 Things Every Mining Company Should Make Publicly Available, April 12, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  WEBINAR: Federal Wildlife Laws Affecting The Minerals Industry - Overview And Current Issues, April 19, 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.
•  WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory, May 24, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting,  the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 2012.  Registration will open soon. 
•  2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open soon.

2012 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
 
The 2012 Workshop has Concluded; Presentations are Available for Download
The 2012 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop has concluded.  The event drew personnel in the industry to Orlando, Florida this week where attendees listened to a variety of presentations from outstanding speakers.  Below is a summary of the talks with links to presentation materials for your reference.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
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Silicosis and Exposure Monitoring: Bob Glenn, Glenn Consulting Group
Workshop Presentation
Silicosis is perhaps the oldest occupational illness known to man.  The history of silicosis and exposures to silica in the United States were reviewed.  Basics of the respiratory system, the types of silicosis, and the radiology and pathology of silicosis were discussed.
 
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Public Relations: Ways to Improve Your Community and Media Relations: Marty Lehman, Badger Mining Corporation, Brent Rush, Rio Tinto and Robin Crawford, Finn Partners
Workshop Presentation
This workshop provided real life examples and best practices for ways in which your companies can engage with your local communities to build and strengthen relationships. It also provided helpful tips for how you can prepare your operations for media inquiries and become more media savvy.
 
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A Review of MSHA Regulations and Policy: Cole Wist and Matt Cooper, Ogletree Deakins
Workshop Presentation
From criminal enforcement to POV, and from Rules to Live By to that stubborn case backlog, this mini-workshop provided up-­to-­date information regarding MSHA's regulatory agenda and enforcement priorities, the status of pertinent federal legislation, and a candid assessment of the politics surrounding mine safety.
 
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Legal Issues Arising from Workplace Wellness Programs: Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele Abrams
Workshop Presentation
Many companies are starting to develop and implement "workplace wellness" programs, on either a voluntary or mandatory basis for employees.  There are many benefits to these programs, from insurance savings to accident reduction.  However, there are also legal issues to consider.
 
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Where's the Money? Practical Cost Reductions in Your Operations: David Nus, Volvo Construction Equipment
Workshop Presentation
In a challenging market, every penny matters whether for competitive advantage or business viability.  This talk touched on the basic principles of mobile equipment operating cost and brought focus to the low hanging fruit. 
 
 
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Sustainable Mine Reclamation - Current and Future Trends: Wendy Schlett, GZA and Mike Melton, Fairmount
Workshop Pesentation
Future trends for mine reclamation are beginning to take on a “sustainability” framework which incorporates environmental, social and economic strategies into the reclamation process.  By incorporating a sustainability focus into mine reclamation, aggregate producers are finding that early planning with a focus on the end use of the reclaimed mine is becoming increasingly important.
 
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Helmet-CAM: Identifying and Evaluating Control Technologies to Reduce Workers' Dust Exposures: Andy Cecala, NIOSH
Workshop Presentation
The Helmet-­CAM concept was conceived by Unimin Corporation and brought to NIOSH for development in a cooperative effort. The concept was to merge the visual display of: (1) a recorded video of the tasks performed by a worker throughout the workday, and (2) a graphical depiction of the worker’s respirable dust exposure, measured by an instantaneous dust monitor, that corresponds directly to the recorded video.
 
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Lending a Hand: Using Ergonomics in the Recognition and Prevention of Upper Extremity Injuries: Marc Turina, SOMA
Workshop Presentation

Despite recent ergonomics advancements in the design of tools and job tasks, musculoskeletal injuries to the upper extremities remain a common malady across all physically demanding industries including the mining and processing of minerals.

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Recent Challenges in Permitting Fugitive Dust Sources: Fawn Bergen and Steven Marks, Golder
Workshop Presentation

For anyone dealing with air permitting in the US, it is no surprise to say that the process has become increasingly challenging.  Through new regulations and more stringent state requirements, air permitting activities have become the bottleneck of many projects.  Through new regulations and more stringent state requirements, air permitting activities have become the bottleneck of many projects.

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Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing: Andy Cecala, NIOSH
Workshop Presentation
This handbook was written by a task force of safety and health specialists, industrial hygienists, and engineers to provide information on proven and effective control technologies that lower workers’ dust exposures during all stages of minerals processing. The handbook describes both the dust generating processes and the control strategies necessary to enable mine operations to reduce workers’ dust exposure. 
 
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Discrimination Cases Under the Mine Act: Managing Your Problem Child: Willa Perlmutter, Crowell & Moring
Workshop Presentation
Section 105(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act establishes powerful mechanisms to protect health and safety whistleblowers from retaliation by mine operators.  In today’s economic and enforcement climate, however, it could be argued that the anti-­‐discrimination provisions of the Mine Act provide effective “employment insurance” for employees that the company wants to terminate or otherwise discipline for legitimate reasons.
 
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Rule to Live By III: Dana Svendsen, Jackson Kelly
Workshop Presentation
MSHA recently released its third phase of the Rules to Live By program.  These 14 safety standards will be an area of focus for MSHA and its inspectors throughout the next year. 
 
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Developing an Effective Ergonomics Program: Kent Hatcher, Humantech
Workshop Program
Greater demands on EHS within the industrial minerals industry are a reality, and the need for companies to actively manage ergonomic risk and injury has become paramount to safety success.  For most organizations, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for 45-85% of recordable injuries. 
 
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Review of Chief Methods of Industrial Mineral Concentration: Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez
Workshop Presentation
Industrial minerals range from common silicas to more rare forms such as diamonds.  Consequently, there are many ways in which to process and concentrate these minerals.  The chief concentration methods include magnetic separation, density separation, classification and flotation.
 
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Reducing Power Costs when Pumping Mineral Slurries: Bryan True, Townley Engineering and Manufacturing
Workshop Presentation
This session will provide a review of piping and pump size considerations when evaluating energy costs for pit pumps, process pumps or tailings pumps.  It will include an evaluation of minimum settling velocity vs. flow rates vs. head vs. power costs.
 
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Addressing Production and Maintenance Issues with Dry Materials Handling Valves: Terry Maholland and Kevin Peterson, Salina Vortex
Workshop Presentation
Does your valve supplier application engineer the valves you purchase from them?  This workshop discussed many of the features to look for when purchasing slide gates and diverter valves for handling dry bulk material.
 
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The Challenges of Obtaining Special Use Permits Mining: Mark Krumenacher, GZA
Workshop Presentation
There has been a quiet revolution in land-use control through the development of local zoning ordinances that place the future of mining in the hands of the residents and locally elected municipal, township and county representatives.
 
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Industrial Minerals in the Oilfield: Why They Need Them and How We Make Them: A.J. DeCenso, Sweco/Ecutec/M-I SWACO
Workshop Presentation
This session offered an overview of some of the more widely used oilfield mineral products.  It included drilling related minerals such as bentonite and barite that are used in drilling fluids.

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Frac Sand–The Next Big Industrial Minerals Thing: Bob Archibald, Behre Dolbear & Company
Workshop Presentation
With the advancement of deep directional drilling technology comes the rapidly increasing demand for proppant sand, or frac sand.  This relatively new and rapidly growing use for silica sand has dramatically altered the industry.
 
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Dewatering of Tailings from Specialty and Frac Sand Processing: Greg Smith, Phoenix Process Equipment
Workshop Presentation
Wet processing of silica sand raw materials for the specialty and frac sand markets generates effluent streams that require dewatering.  We briefly considered co-treatment/co-disposal of the two (different mineralogy) tailings streams.
 
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IMA-NA Events
 
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 
 
Date:  Monday, March 26, 2012
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
To register, click here.
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WEBINAR: 10 Things Every Mining Company Should Make Publicly Available
BrownFlynn*, a leading corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm and member of the IMA-NA, offers an overview of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) Mining and Metals Sector Supplement along with real-world examples of how key mining disclosures are incorporated into a company’s sustainability report.  GRI’s guidance for the mining sector was developed by a diverse mix of organizations in the mining industry and reflects a common understanding of the information a mining company is expected to make publicly available.  With extensive experience in sustainability reporting and strategy for the mining industry, BrownFlynn brings a deep understanding of the issues facing mining companies today. 
 
This training on the GRI Mining and Metals Sector Supplement provides: 
· An overview of what GRI is and how the Mining and Metals supplement was developed 
· A summary of the industry-specific commentary required in the supplement 
· An explanation of 10 key performance indicators required in the supplement 
· Real-world examples of various mining disclosures 
· For participants who attend the webinar, BrownFlynn offers parts of their reporting tool kit for personal use. 
 
Participants who attend this webinar receive: The BrownFlynn Bookmarks – G3.1, Mining & Metals - a bookmarked consolidation of GRI’s reporting guidance and guidelines in one place, highlighted by BrownFlynn for ease in finding key elements and requirements. 
 
*BrownFlynn is the first U.S.-certified training organization for the Global Reporting Initiative. 
 
Cost:
$29/person for IMA-NA Members 
$59/person for non-members. 
 
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
To register, click here.
 
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WEBINAR: Federal Wildlife Laws Affecting The Minerals Industry – Overview And Current Issues
More mining operations are encountering potential constraints imposed by three federal wildlife laws:  the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  This webinar will provide an overview of these three statutes, will address some current topics under those Acts, and will provide opportunities to ask questions.  The webinar will feature wildlife law experts from the D.C. office of Crowell & Moring LLP. 
 
Cost: 
$29/person for IMA Members
$59/person for non-members
 
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
To register, click here.
 
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Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
Registration is open the IMA-NA Spring Meeting to 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.
 
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WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory
With all of the attention being given to possible new exposure limits for silica, it is important to work with a quality lab that can provide data to enhance safety programs and document  exposures for worker safety.  This webinar will guide the participants not only in how to choose a laboratory, but also in the analytical process followed to determine silica content.  The webinar will be hosted by DCM Science Laboratory, a leading provider of silica analytical services for major silica producers including Unimin Corporation, U. S. Silica, Badger Mining and Fairmont Minerals.  They analyze over 3,000 silica samples per year and have been testing silica samples since 1989.
 
Cost: 
$29/person for IMA-NA Members
$59/person for non-members.
 
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
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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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2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
The 2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open later in 2012.
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Other Events
 
Oilfield Minerals Outlook
Discount for IMA-NA Members
Industrial Minerals announces the latest in its IM Roundtable series: Oilfield Minerals Outlook focusing on the sourcing, supply, processing, logistics, and consumption of industrial minerals in the oilfield market.  Whether pursuing the latest offshore plays or leading the shale gas revolution, consistent, high quality sourcing and distribution of drilling minerals are vital to successful oilfield exploration.  The event will take place at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX, June  20-21, 2012,
 
IMA-NA Members receive 10% off.  Just mention “IMA-NA” when ordering.
 
For more information, click here.
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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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