March 15, 2012
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UBB
MSHA Internal Review Report on Agency's Actions Prior to UBB Blast
Kline, Walberg Statements on Internal Review of MSHA Actions at Upper Big Branch Mine
Diesel
NCI and NIOSH Report on Diesel Exhaust Exposure to Miners
Just for Laughs!
On the Hill
Highway Bill
NIOSH
National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce
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
Other Events
Oilfield Minerals Outlook
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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.

UBB
 
MSHA Internal Review Report on Agency's Actions Prior to UBB Blast
MSHA Press Release
MSHA has released the results of its internal review of the agency's actions prior to the April 5, 2010, explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va.  The internal review team, comprised of MSHA employees outside the district where the accident occurred, was charged with evaluating agency actions relative to the explosion and making recommendations to improve the agency's performance in order to better protect the nation's miners.  "While there was no evidence linking the actions of MSHA employees to this tragedy, we found instances where enforcement efforts at UBB were compromised because MSHA and District 4 did not follow established agency policies and procedures," said internal review team leader George Fesak.
 
To read the MSHA press release, click here.
 
 
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Kline, Walberg Statements on Internal Review of MSHA Actions at Upper Big Branch Mine
House Committee on Education and the Workforce Press Release
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) issued the following statements on the internal review of the MSHA actions surrounding the 2010 Upper Big Branch tragedy.  “The internal review released today documents a disturbing failure of enforcement by MSHA,” said Chairman Kline.  “Many have seen the horrifying images that depict the deadly conditions forced upon miners at Upper Big Branch,” said Rep. Walberg. “Not only do these images illustrate a total disregard for worker safety, they also highlight a lack of proper enforcement.
 
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Diesel
 
NCI and NIOSH Report on Diesel Exhaust Exposure to Miners
NCI Press Release
In a study of non-metal miners in the United States, federal government scientists reported that heavy exposure to diesel exhaust increased risk of death from lung cancer.  The study was carried out by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both parts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The results were distributed in two papers on March 2, 2012, from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
 
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Just for Laughs!
 


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On the Hill
 
Highway Bill
Earlier this week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs.  The vote on the measure was 74-22.  This sends the legislation over to the House which has limited time to act prior to the current program expiring on March 31st.   House leadership had been pushing for a longer term, five-year reauthorization, but that approach has yet to gain much traction.
 
To view the senate passed legislation, click here.
 
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NIOSH
 
National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce
NIOSH Press Release
To respond to growing concern and debate over the supply and demand for occupational safety and health professionals in the United States, NIOSH commissioned a National Survey of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce.  The assessment found that based on current trends, future national demand for occupational safety and health services will significantly outstrip the number of professionals with the necessary training, education, and experience to provide such services.
 
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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.
 
Click here to register and to view the program.
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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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