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Keeping the Balance (or not!) to Avoid Injury

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, March 11, 2016

In a recent meta-analysis review of 17 trials involving a total of 4,305 participants aged 50 and older, researchers concluded that regularly engaging in balance exercises not only prevented falls, but actually prevented injury (including fractures) when falls did occur. Even in the case of severe falls, injuries were less common among those who exercised regularly and performed balance techniques. It makes sense when you consider what moving and walking is…we are always on one foot! Challenge yourself with 30 seconds on each leg with your eyes open, and 7 seconds on each leg with your eyes closed.

Source: British Medical Journal. 29 October 2013; 347:f6234. Web. http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6234 

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EPA: Learn About New Environmental Justice Tools Today

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, March 11, 2016
EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice is holding an equitable development and environmental justice webinar on Friday, March 11, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST. Experts will discuss new tools, such as EJSCREEN, as well as how community groups and policymakers are using these innovative tools to inform decisions.

EJSCREEN is an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations.

Register for the webinar.

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WEBINAR: OSHA Weight of Evidence Guidance

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, March 10, 2016
Please register for OSHA Weight of Evidence Guidance on Mar 25, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at: 

OSHA’s new guidance on how to apply the Weight of Evidence approach for assessing complex scientific studies under its GHS HazCom rule is open for comment until May 2, 2016, and will impact IMA-NA members who must prepare Safety Data Sheets and warning labels for their products. The "weight of evidence" approach is intended to assist both manufacturers and employers in evaluating scientific studies on the potential health hazards of a chemical and determine what information must be disclosed. Attorneys Adele Abrams CMSP and Brian Yellin CIH of the Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC will present the legal and technical information you need to weigh in on this important subject. 

Presenter:
Adele L. Abrams, Esq. CMSP

Cost:
$39/person for IMA members
$69/person for non-members
* This webinar will be recorded and distributed along with the PPT. So please sign up even if you cannot join us live.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Daylight Savings: Suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, March 10, 2016
By moving the clocks ahead one hour in the Spring, we lose one hour which shifts work times and other scheduled events one hour earlier. This pushes most people to have a one hour earlier bedtime and wake up time. NIOSH has made some recommendations to help employees cope and remain injury free. Click here to read more.

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Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry Indexes, February 2016, Available

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, March 10, 2016

This report analyzes and explains the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) monthly leading and coincident indexes for the nonmetallic mineral products industry (NAICS 327). The indexes have been computed for each month back to 1948. Although the leading index growth rate fell in January, it is still above the threshold that suggests that activity is likely to increase in the nonmetallic mineral products industry. 

To view the report, click here.

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2016 Primaries - Democratic Debate and Results

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

As primary season continues on, the races are shaping up to be drawn out affairs for both parties. In the wake of Bernie Sanders's surprise upset in Michigan's primaries it is a good time to note that at this point, both Democratic candidates are openly criticizing fracking.  During the debate on March 7th, in Detroit, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders expressed intentions to effectively ban fracking, either directly or through regulation. This stance is in line with Bernie Sanders's record on the issue of natural gas development, but Hillary Clinton has begun to take a harder line on the future of fracking in the United States.  Policies banning fracking would impact not only energy development in the United States but would have a tremendous impact on other industries, such as the industrial sand producers in the states. 

Here are the the respective opinions from both Democratic candidates:

Hillary Clinton: "I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking can continue to take place,” with all the conditions she would impose on the practice.

Bernie Sanders: “We’ve got to regulate everything that is currently underway,” and anybody who is fracking must disclose all chemicals they are using. He went on to say fracking can’t be done safely, he doesn’t support it, and it is a “national crisis”.

 

Tags:  2016 primaries  Bernie Sanders  democrats  fracking  Hillary Clinton  industry  policy  politics 

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WEBINAR: Mining & EHS - A Compliance Case Study

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Please register for Mining & EHS - A Compliance Case Study on March 30, 2016 2:00 PM EST by clicking here. 

As technologies are improved and adapted for use in different sectors, more tools become available for the mining industry to continuously improve EHS at their operations. IMA-NA members are already industry leaders in Safety & Health, but its the desire to constantly improves that keeps us ahead of the rest of the industry. Aside from creating safe and healthy work environments, our members need to comply with what seem to be ever changing requirements and focus areas from OSHA and MSHA. Against the backdrop of tightening regulations and improved technological support systems, IMA-NA is happy to announce a webinar which will demonstrate some tools available to help coordinate EHS efforts.  Led by IMA-NA Associate Member, Gensuite, we will explore an example of a web-based platform developed to make MSHA and OSHA compliance simpler.

Description:

Gensuite will share practical insights into how your peers in the mining and related industries are addressing MSHA and OSHA requirements, driving accountability throughout the enterprise, and improving compliance performance through the use of web-based systems with a suite of fully-integrated and mobile-enabled compliance and risk management tools.

Learn how companies such as U.S. Silica, PotashCorp, Ingersoll Rand, and General Electric are engaging employees at all levels of the organization in driving EHS performance improvements and operational efficiencies.

Date/Time:

Wednesday, March 30th, 2:00 EST

Click here to register

 

Tags:  Associate Member  compliance  EHS  MSHA  OSHA  technology  webinar 

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The Bright Outlook for Shale Energy: Toby Mack to Speak at the Spring Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Toby Mack, President & CEO of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), will be speaking on “The Bright Outlook for Shale Energy” at the 2015 IMA-NA Spring Meeting. Toby and EEIA were instrumental in the recent lifting of the Crude Oil Export Ban, and IMA-NA is a supply Chain Organization Member of EEIA. We look forward to hearing Toby’s optimistic message, and we hope you can join us in Washington, DC, May 9-12, 2016. Registration will open tomorrow!

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U.S. Ports: Investing in Engines of Economic Development and American Competitiveness

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
...by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

U.S. ports and our marine transportation system – and the hardworking men and women behind these operations – are essential drivers of the American economy. Every day, our ports and waterways handle millions of tons of domestic and international cargo, including food and agricultural products, petrochemicals, and automobiles. In 2014 alone, $1.7 trillion worth of U.S. goods moved through our ports, representing 75% of imports and exports by weight.

But ports, like our highways and bridges, face challenges. As a country, we are investing too little, and as container ships grow larger and larger, more cargo must be unloaded into increasingly tight spaces. And ports face unique operational challenges as they move ever-expanding volumes of cargo between ships, trucks and rail lines. Today, not a single U.S. container port is in the top 15 container ports globally according to the Journal of Commerce. Expanding trade will continue to put pressure on the existing system, increasing congestion and threatening U.S. economic competiveness; looking forward, the demand to move goods and raw materials on the U.S. transportation system is predicted to increase by 45 percent by 2040.

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IMA-NA Featured in Boss Magazine

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

IMA-NA is featured in this month's BOSS Magazine, an e-mag focused on delivering high-quality business and trade content to some of the most powerful and forward-thinking business leaders in North America. Each month BOSS explores topics across different sectors as well as offering insights into leadership and work environments.  IMA-NA is excited to highlight our industry and our association to BOSS's readership.  Furthermore, BOSS expressed an interest in potentially highlighting IMA-NA members as leaders, applying innovative and forward thinking solutions to industry wide issues.

To read the piece on IMA-NA click here.

If you are interested in offering content to BOSS in the future email Ariel

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