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Announcing the Second Installment of the New NIOSH Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series!

Posted By RJ Alpers, 14 hours ago

IMA-NA, strongly encourages members to participate in the second installment of the new NIOSH Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series. This series continues the learning and discussions on NIOSH research and partnerships from the Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science Conference

The 2018 webinar series will feature intramural and extramural research within the NIOSH Program Portfolio from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, with two presentations scheduled for May 16 and November 14, 2018. NIOSH has invited all to join on Wednesday, May 16, for these exciting presentations on new technologies to reduce exposure to health and safety hazards:

IMA-NA recently had the pleasure of Mr. Cecala presenting at our recent Spring Technology Meeting and hope those who are able can view these valuable NIOSH presentations. IMA-NA supports NIOSH's commitment towards continuing the work on expanding research partnerships for the greatest impact in occupational safety and health. For additional information about this webinar and registration information, please view the following web link: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/expandpartner.html.


Tags:  NIOSH  safety and health 

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MSHA Publishes Revised Final Workplace Examination Rule

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, April 9, 2018

MSHA published its revised final "Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines" rule in today's Federal Register. This final action amends a rule MSHA issued in January 2017.

The revised rule requires that:

  • A competent person examines each working place for adverse conditions. The working place must be examined at least once each shift, before work begins or as miners begin work in that place.
  • The operator must initiate appropriate corrective action.
  • The operator must promptly notify miners in the affected area if the adverse conditions are not corrected before miners are potentially exposed.
  • The operator must withdraw all persons from the affected area if the adverse condition may present an imminent danger.
  • The operator must create a record before the end of the shift, which must include:
    • The name of the person conducting the examination;
    • The location of all areas examined;
    • A description of each adverse condition identified that is not corrected promptly; and
    • The date when the described condition is corrected.
  •  The operator must make the record available to MSHA and the miners’ representatives.

 

MSHA will hold a series of six public meetings around the country to inform and educate the mining community about the requirements of the final rule.

  • May 1          Bloomington, IL
  • May 15        Birmingham, AL
  • May 17        Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 22        Reno, NV
  • May 24        Dallas, TX
  • May 31        Denver, CO

To read the final rule click here

To get more information on the public meetings click here

Tags:  examinations of working places  final rule  MSHA  Regulations  rulemaking  safety  safety and health 

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Monday Move: A Balance Series With Video!

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Monday!

This week we turn our attention to balance, as a reminder of its importance in daily life. Whether at work or at home, the ability to stand on one foot confidently pays dividends - especially as we age. Please watch the video below to learn a series of simple items to perform and improve your balance technique.

The Steps to Balance:

1. Single leg knee tuck to chest - either do 10 per leg or alternate for 20 total repetitions
2. Single leg balance hold - try to get to 30 seconds!
3. Single leg balance hold - with eyes closed for 7 seconds!

Have a wonderful week.

Your MineFit Coach,
Monica

 

Tags:  health  MineFit  monica pampell  safety and health  total worker health 

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Which is it? More Small Meals or Fewer Large Meals?

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, October 20, 2017

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

There has been a long-standing debate about whether we should eat only two meals a day, or snack throughout, for a total of 4-6. It seems like every other week there is a new study out contradicting the previous prescription.

I often tell people: “it’s neither good nor bad. It just is.”

So, here is a perspective that touches on the point. The summary of this recent research is that people who ate one or two large meals per day were less likely to gain weight than those who ate smaller meals over the course of the day (4-6). This flies in the face of the metabolism theory (spacing out meals boosts daily caloric burn). But don’t get discouraged, snackers! The reason for this result is that the people eating more, “smaller” meals underestimated how many calories were in each one. So, their net intake was much higher than the 1-2 meal a day group.

Few Big Meals vs Many Small Ones 


Just something new to consider when deciding when and what to eat. Enjoy!

Your MineFit Coach,
Monica

Tags:  MineFit  nutrition  safety and health  wellness 

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Zatezalo Nomination Advances

Posted By RJ Alpers, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yesterday the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions favorably reported the nomination of David Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.  The favorable vote occurred along party-line votes, 12-11.  The nomination next will be scheduled for consideration by the full Senate. IMA-NA will continue to provide updates in this nomination process.

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MineFite News and A Belated Monday Move

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IMA-NA would like to announce the sunsetting of the MineFit Program as of January 2018. Our head coach, Monica Pampell, will be providing members with 9 more weeks of MineFit lessons for members to use throughout the coming holiday season. The lessons will be related to three areas that can impact everyday workplace safety and health: Balance, Posture, and Nutrition. Our MineFit materials from the last 2 years will still be available digitally for members to download and use in conjunction with company safety, health, and wellness programs.  If you have any questions related to MineFit please email Ariel Hill-Davis.

 

Monday Move (Belated) - The Wall Press for Posture

 

Happy Tuesday! Our MOVE today is a posture check using any wall, anywhere. Watch the video below and then hop up and practice! All parts of the spine against the wall, core activation, shoulders back, and the neck pressed as well. Enjoy a better posture this week in just 60 seconds, and have a good week!

Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

 



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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Do you know your food label?

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 4, 2017
Happy Friday!

Although a diet which includes as many fruits and vegetables as possible is ideal, eating out of a box or food container is inevitable. So, how well do you know your label? Take this fun quiz online to find out some things about nutrition facts on food containers. And, you can also download an app that helps you scan your labels right at the store. Remember: make sure to avoid saturated fat, and keep your sodium in check. Look for foods which contain monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber. Enjoy your weekend!

Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

Quiz

Suggestions for Food Label Scanner apps

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MineFit Monday Move: The Easiest Way to Stretch your Hip

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Monday!  

 Tight hip muscles can cause problems with walking, can inhibit the ability to lift and carry heavy objects, and even affect your mood.  Here is the EASIEST way to stretch your hip:

  • Stand up.
  • Brace your hand against a wall.
  • Draw your hand to your kneecap, and pull the knee up to your chest.
  • Hold it in place and try to take five full deep breaths, feeling the stretch in the back of you hip.  
  • Keep your back as tall as possible while you do this stretch.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Your MineFit Head Coach,

Monica 

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Fight Cognitive Decline

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!

Want to Learn Something? Read Ahead…

One of the greatest health threats we face as we get older is cognitive decline. As we age, connections between brain cells weaken are cells can’t communicate with each other as effectively, leading to problems with memory and cognitive ability.

Good News!!

Cognitive decline doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging.

Try something different this weekend…something outside of your wheelhouse:

Plant something,
Complete a puzzle,
Read a book on a subject you haven’t explored,
Call a family member,
Go explore a new part of town.


Read more about the 6 Pillars of Brain Health here!

Tags:  brain health  cognitive decline  health  MineFit  minefit tidbit  safety and health  total worker health 

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Monday MineFit Move: Today...We Breathe. It Matters More Than you Think

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 24, 2017
During your health and safety trainings and warm-ups, instruct workers to BREATHE through the exercises.  Muscles need air to operate properly and improve range of motion (or, as we refer to it more commonly: stretch).  Always inhale with your nose and exhale with your mouth.  

Every stretch or exercise performed during trainings should include BREATHE.  
  • Inhaling through the nose helps use the deeper part of you (diaphragm instead of the throat) to get air.  
  • Exhaling though the mouth helps use your rib muscles (internal obliques, to get technical) to push out all the air and get the best breath possible.
  • Try it!  Take just six BIG HUGE breathes, inhaling though the nose and exhaling through the mouth.  It’s better than a cup of coffee when you get done.  
Happy Monday From Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

Tags:  breathing  health  Monday Moves  monica pampell  safety and health  sustainability 

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