October 30, 2012
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Safety
HAZARD ALERT: Working in Confined Spaces
Mining Fatality, Injury Rates Fell to Historic Low in 2011
NIOSH Highlights the Hazards of All-terrain Vehicles and Work
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Sends Comments to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review
Just for Laughs!
Silica
Silica News from Europe
IMA-NA Events
Georgia Mining Association 2nd Annual Management Conference In Conjunction with IMA-NA
Registration Now Open for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
IMA-NA Spring Meeting
New IMA-NA Associate Member
J Carpenter Environmental
In Memoriam
William J. Woods
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Safety
 
HAZARD ALERT: Working in Confined Spaces
MSHA Hazard Alert
Working in confined spaces can be very dangerous.  A confined space is an area with poor or no airflow.  Examples of confined spaces include: Tanks, Bins, Covered Pits and Silos.  Poor airflow allows accumulation of dangerous gases in confined spaces.  Before a miner enters a confined space, the atmosphere needs to be checked for adequate oxygen concentration and the accumulation of flammable or harmful gases.  Adequate ventilation needs to be maintained when welding or cutting occurs in a confined space.   Welding and/or cutting operations deplete oxygen and produce carbon monoxide and other harmful gases.  Other tasks, such as painting and the use of chemicals, may require adequate ventilation and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to, respirators, goggles, face shields, and other special protective clothing.  Manufacturer and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) precautions should always be followed.  Atmospheric monitoring should be conducted with calibrated instruments to ensure a safe working atmosphere.  Monitoring should be conducted prior to entering a confined work space and continuously until the space is exited.  Atmospheric monitoring should include; Oxygen, LEL and all potentially toxic gases in the confined space.  Miners working in the confined space should be attached to a lifeline.  A second person should be positioned outside the confined space to constantly monitor both the lifeline and miner working in the confined space.  The Monitor should be ready to summon for help in case of an emergency. They should NEVER ENTER the confined space without wearing appropriate safety and personal protective equipment to rescue a collapsed miner.  The atmosphere in the confined space may be dangerous.
 
Further, IMA-NA strongly recommends the use of a confined space permit system.  Although MSHA does not have such a requirement, it is standard practice in general industry and an OSHA mandate.
 
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Mining Fatality, Injury Rates Fell to Historic Low in 2011
MSHA Press Release
Mining fatality and injury rates fell to an all-time low in 2011 according to data recently released from MSHA.  The fatal injury rate for mining as a whole was .0114 per 200,000 hours worked, and the all-injury rate was 2.73 per 200,000 hours worked, down from .0234 and 2.81, respectively, in 2010.  In the metal/nonmetal mining sector, the fatal injury rate was .0084 per 200,000 hours worked, and the all-injury rate was 2.28 per 200,000 hours worked, down from .0129 and 2.37, respectively, in 2010.  In the coal mining sector, the fatal injury rate was .0156 per 200,000 hours worked, and the all-injury rate was 3.38 per 200,000 hours worked, down from .0384 and 3.43, respectively, in 2010.
 
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NIOSH Highlights the Hazards of All-terrain Vehicles and Work
NIOSH Science Blog
NIOSH states, on its science blog, that "Over the past 30 years, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have grown increasingly popular recreationally and have become a valuable asset at work.  With an estimated 11 million in use in 2010 for both work and recreation, ATVs have become a common means of transportation."  However, "Nearly 300 ATV-related deaths occurred in work settings from 1992-2007.  Deaths have been steadily increasing, from 11 in 1992 to 41 in 2007, with a majority (61%) of the affected workers employed in agriculture production.  Over half of the fatal crashes occurred on farms, while 20% occurred on highways.  Half of the fatal incidents involved rolls and overturns."  NIOSH has posted the following precautions:
 
Recommended Safe Practices for Employers:
-Provide helmet and eye-protection for workers and encourage the use of other personal protective equipment such as sturdy boots, gloves, long shirts and pants 
-Identify, mark and eliminate if possible hazards such as excavations, trenches, and guy wires that might be present in specific work environments so they are easily seen and avoided by workers on the job site
-Establish operating and maintenance policies that follow manufacturer’s terrain guidelines, specified hauling and towing capacity, and passenger restrictions
-Provide employees access to hands-on training by an ATV Safety Institute instructor or a similarly qualified instructor
-Share responsibility with employees on the practices detailed below
 
Recommended Safe Practices for Workers of All Ages:
-Wear a helmet, eye-protection, long shirts and pants, sturdy boots, and gloves
-Participate in hands-on training in the safe handling and operation of an ATV
-Conduct a pre-ride inspection of tires, brakes, headlights, etc., and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for of the ATV
-Understand how implements and attachments may affect the stability and handling of the ATV
-Never exceed the manufacturer’s specified hauling and towing capacity or weight limits and ensure cargo is balanced, secured, and correctly loaded on provided racks
-Be aware of potential hazards, such as trees, ruts, rocks, streams and gullies, and follow posted hazard warnings
-Drive at speeds safe for weather and terrain and never operate ATVs on surfaces not designed for ATVs, such as paved roads and highways
-Never permit passengers on the ATV, unless the ATV has an additional seat specifically designed to carry them
-Never operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
 
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IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Sends Comments to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review
IMA-NA Talc/Wollastonite Section and EUROTALC have submitted comments to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review's (CIR) Scientific Literature Review:  Talc as Used in Cosmetics (SLR), dated August 15, 2012.  The comments focused on topics and issues with which the organizations are most familiar and have particular expertise, namely on chemistry, mineralogy, production, occupational exposure, and toxicology.  To view the comments, click here.
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Just for Laughs!
 


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Silica
 
Silica News from Europe
A European Commission Chemical Working Party has forwarded to the Advisory Committee for Safety and Health a recommendation by industry, labor and member-state representatives that a binding occupational exposure limit (OEL) for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) should be set at 0.1 mg/m3 (there currently is no European Union-wide OEL for RCS, only national OELs).  The Chemical Working Party also recommended that the RCS OEL should be subject to further review at some point in time.  The Chemical Working Party disagreed as to which directive (legal framework) properly should contain the limit, with some member states supporting the Chemicals Agents Directive and others supporting the Carcinogens Directive.  Different legal consequences flow from that decision, so it remains for the Advisory Committee to consider, and act upon, the recommendation of the Chemical Working Party.  We continue to monitor that deliberative process with much interest.
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IMA-NA Events
 
Georgia Mining Association 2nd Annual Management Conference In Conjunction with IMA-NA
The Georgia Mining Association (GMA) and IMA-NA are co-sponsoring a Management Conference, January 22-24, 2013, in Savannah, Georgia.  In a time of economic uncertainty, leadership becomes more vital to the success of every organization.  It directly impacts the people side of things, and the ability to communicate effectively is paramount to gain success. Make sure to provide your staff with training that not only teaches practical concrete skills, but also helps reconnect their passion to improving outcomes.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, GA.  The rate is $127 for single occupancy plus tax. To reserve your room, please contact The Hyatt Regency Savannah at 1.888.421.1442 and mention that you are with GMA or click here.  The room block will be held until December 28, 2012.  After that date, room availability cannot be guaranteed.
 
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Registration Now Open for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
We are excited to announce the registration has opened for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop.  The 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop will be held at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs from March 4–6, 2013.  We have arranged a special rate of $122/night (all resort fees, wireless internet services, etc… are included in that rate).  To reserve your room, call 1.800.311.8018 (and mention the Industrial Minerals Association), or click here to make reservations online.  The room rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting as well.  Many companies in the past have taken advantage of our multiple-attendee rate discount and held company meetings after the Workshop.  We have reserved a few rooms for your companies, please let us know ASAP if you’d like to use one of those rooms.  This hotel is also on a PGA golf course.  We have retained a special rate of $75 for greens fees and $50 for rentals.  If you are a golfer and would like to play, please take advantage of those special rates when making your tee times – just mention our conference. We will release an agenda with speakers shortly, but it is sure to include the latest in techniques companies are using to keep their employees safe, as well as the latest innovations on the operations and engineering side to help keep your plant running smoothly.  Please note we will be having a facility tour on Monday, March 4th, and the location will be announced soon.
 
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IMA-NA Spring Meeting
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Mark your calendars for the IMA-NA Spring Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, May 8-10, 2013.  Registration will open soon.
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New IMA-NA Associate Member
 
J Carpenter Environmental
J Carpenter Environmental is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carpenter Brothers, Inc., founded in 1917, one of the largest distributors of supplies and equipment in the United States to foundries, die-casters, blast cleaning, and surface finishers.  J Carpenter Environmental was created to sell environmental related products and equipment to industrial facilities, consulting engineers and remediation contractors.  Recent product and equipment lines have been added to target the frac sand processing and coating market including production equipment, dust collection equipment and VOC/HAP control equipment. 
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In Memoriam
 
William J. Woods
William J. Woods, a former New Canaan resident who founded Unimin industrial mineral company, died Saturday, Sept. 22, in California after a long illness.  Mr. Woods, 90, was the husband of Barbara Woods.  In the early 1970s, he started New Canaan-based Unimin by acquiring three mines and processing plants.  Under his leadership Unimin became the leading producer of industrial minerals with 30 operations in the U.S. and Canada.  He was president and chairman of the board from 1970-85; chairman and chief executive officer from 1986-90. 
 
IMA-NA extends it condolences to to the Woods family, and to the employees of Unimin.
 
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