March 23, 2012
In This Issue
Wisconsin Sand Event
The NISA New Entrant Conference has Concluded
At the Agencies
OSHA Issues Final GHS Rule
Sustainable Development
Unimin Corporation’s First Sustainability Report
Just for Laughs!
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
Silicosis Prevention Workshop and Field Trip
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
New Associate Member
Safety Solutions International, Inc.
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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.
•  Silicosis Prevention Workshop and Field Trip, May 1 - 2, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting,  the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 2012.  Registration will open soon. 
•  WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory, May 24, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  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.

Wisconsin Sand Event
 
The NISA New Entrant Conference has Concluded
The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) would like to thank all of those who attended the New Entrant Conference this week in Eau Claire, WI.  The event was a huge success.  Participants received a great deal of information on silicosis prevention, and were introduced to the many activities and services of NISA and IMA-NA.  Copies of Power Point presentations from the event can be obtained by clicking here.
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At the Agencies
 
OSHA Issues Final GHS Rule
This week, OSHA issued its final rule updating the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).  The rule is intended to align the HCS with the United Nations' "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals" (GHS) which is a set of harmonized classification criteria used internationally.  The HCS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and communicate that information.  Changes have been made to requirements for classification of hazards, required labels, data sheet format and training.  The first compliance deadline requires that employees must be trained on the new standard by December 1, 2013.  Significantly, and of possible concern, OSHA has required that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) classifications, along with the the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values, be included on data sheets.  IMA-NA is reviewing the new rule, and we will be conducting a webinar in the near future to assist member companies with compliance.  It also can be assumed that MSHA will soon follow suit with its own rule.
 
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Sustainable Development
 
Unimin Corporation’s First Sustainability Report
Unimin Press Release
Unimin Corporation announced the release of its first sustainability report, titled ‘Value Beyond Minerals’.  The report is a comprehensive look at the Company’s business and operating philosophies in four key areas of sustainability: Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance.  Unimin’s “Value Beyond Minerals” report is developed in conformance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. The GRI framework establishes comprehensive guidelines to measure performance metrics and a standardized reporting format for comparative analysis. The GRI reporting structure also inspires reader confidence of self-reported information through its third party certification processes.  “The title of this inaugural report, ‘Value Beyond Minerals’, speaks to our strengths as a company and our philosophy to always create value for our many stakeholders”, said Kevin Crawford, President of Unimin Corporation and CEO of the global Sibelco Group. ‘Value Beyond Minerals’ also reflects the emphasis we place on our role as a community member and environmental steward”.  Mr. Crawford added, “As custodians of land, energy, water and air resources, our goal is to balance economic and environmental objectives in a manner that conserves and optimizes these valuable assets. Unimin is proof that sound operating practices and good community relations can allow a mining company and the surrounding community to prosper together.“  Unimin Corporation’s Sustainability Report highlights many significant and noteworthy sustainability accomplishments:  1) Unimin has been recognized with numerous awards by the Wildlife Habitat Council, including the most coveted Signatures of Sustainability, Community Partner of the Year and Corporate Habitat of the Year awards.  2) The Company has twice been singled out for its exemplary safety records by receiving the prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA).  3) Locally managed and administered Community Action Plans focus volunteer time and financial assistance in support of civic groups and charitable organizations and in sponsorship of youth programs and community events.
 
To access the report in its entirety please visit www.uniminsustainability.com.
 
 
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Just for Laughs!
 


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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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Silicosis Prevention Workshop and Field Trip
The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) will host a two-day “Silicosis Prevention Workshop.”  The workshop will be held at the Starved Rock State Park (Illinois) Lodge and Conference Center between 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.  A field trip to a local industrial sand operation will be held between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1.  This workshop is designed primarily for safety and health professionals responsible for implementing their company’s silicosis prevention program, but those responsible for related program areas will benefit as well.  Presentations will be applicable to those involved in existing programs, or to those who are just getting started, with an emphasis on continuous improvement.  Upon completing the workshop, attendees not only will have a complete understanding of the elements contained within the NISA Occupational Health Program and Silicosis Prevention Program, but how to implement and manage such programs.  The preliminary agenda is provided in the attached flyer.  The Starved Rock State Park Lodge and Conference Center is approximately 90 miles from the Chicago or Quad Cities metropolitan areas.  The workshop and field trip are limited to 100.  Workshop and field trip participation will be determined on a “first come, first served” basis.  Registrations received after the registration limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list.  The $150.00 registration fee covers the cost of two buffet luncheons at the workshop, breaks and field trip transportation.  Participants will be invoiced for the registration fee following the workshop.  A limited number of rooms have been set aside as a room block at the Starved Rock State Park Lodge and Conference Center (call 815.667.4211, or click here) at the special rate of $115.00 per night.  The room block has arrivals beginning on Monday, April 30, and departures on either Wednesday, May 2, or Thursday, May 3.  Please mention the “NISA Workshop” when making your reservation.  Room reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and need to be reserved by April 9.  Should the “NISA Workshop” room block be filled, alternative accommodations are available locally.  The nearest local communities include Oglesby, LaSalle, Peru, Utica and Ottawa, Illinois.
 
 
 
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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
 
To register, click here.
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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 registering.
 
For more information, click here.
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New Associate Member
 
Safety Solutions International, Inc.

Safety Solutions International, Inc. offers consulting and professional experience in mine health and safety, and is recognized throughout the United States and internationally.  Their experience spans a wide spectrum of occupational health and safety services ranging from comprehensive safety and health assessments to mine safety and behavior-based training.

Contact:

Mr. Dave D. Lauriski
President
Safety Solutions International, Inc.
19751 East Mainstreet, Suite 337
Parker, CO 80138
303.841.0853
dlauriski@safetysolutionsintl.com

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