The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) today received an award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and its newly established Health & Safety Division. The Health & Safety Research and Educational Excellence Award was presented to NISA President Mark Ellis by Division Chairman Dr. Eric Lutz at SME's 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ. The award inscription reads: "For development of an innovative health program to prevent occupational disease related to overexposure to respirable crystalline silica." In accepting the award, Ellis reminded the Division that, "Silicosis is a totally preventable occupational disease and preventing it begins with knowing the concentration of exposures to which their employees are exposed. Prevention, and corrective action if necessary, begins there."
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