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NIOSH’s ErgoMine Update

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, August 11, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a new mobile application that runs on Android-powered smart phones and tablets.  ErgoMine is an ergonomics auditing tool that helps its users identify ergonomics and safety deficiencies for three types of mining operations: 1) haul truck; 2) bagging; and 3) maintenance and repair.  These were the areas highlighted by IMA members and others in working in coordination with NIOSH over the past several years as key areas of concern.  By using the ErgoMine app, companies can can address and implement changes to help improve mineworker safety at their facilities. 


Please view the attachment for more information. 

You can also view more information on NIOSH’s website, here


We will be talking about safety issues like this and more at the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 12 - 15, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.  More information on that meeting is available, here.


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Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight - KaMin CEO Rankin Hobbs

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, August 11, 2016

As we rapidly approach our Annual Meeting, which is being held from September 12-15 in New Orleans, IMA-NA staff is excited to highlight our speakers.  During our luncheon on September 14th, we will have the pleasure of hearing from IMA-NA member, current Chairman for the Kaolin section, and CEO of KaMin LLC, Rankin Hobbs. Rankin's address, Managing an Industrial Minerals Business in a Downturn – KaMin as a Case Study, will pull from his years of experience in the industry and how KaMin continues to adapt and meet the challenges of the changing marketplace. Rankin will provide attendees with insight into how KaMin approaches and navigates the recent fluctuations and downturns in the industrial minerals markets.



Prior to partnering with Tom Chambers to create IMin Partners, a business focused on investing in industrial mineral and specialty chemical businesses, Rankin worked in the financial services industry. Since its founding, IMin Partners has participated in numerous industrial mineral and specialty chemical businesses including pumice, diatomite, chemical additives, magnesium oxide and kaolin clay. Additionally, Rankin serves on the Board of CR Minerals and MidContinental Chemical. 

During his career, he has also served on a number of private company and non-profit Boards. He is the Past Chairman of the Agape Clinic, a health care clinic serving the underprivileged of Dallas, and is on the Board of the Hicks Muse Furst Tate Center for Private Equity at the University of Texas. Mr. Hobbs received a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Across the board, Rankin's experiences allow for unique insights into the interplay between various sectors of our economy. IMA-NA is excited to hear from a leader within our membership and our industry at our Annual Meeting.

To Register for the Annual Meeting Click Here


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MineFit Strength Series Week Three: The Press-up

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, August 8, 2016

The Q3 MineFit Strength Series Continues With Week Three: The Press-up! This week our move achieves three goals and helps enable the perfect pushup:
(1) Stretches the upper and middle back;
(2) Strengthens the arms, shoulders and triceps;
(3) Engages the core and lower back muscles.

Strength Move: The Press-up 

Technically, this “yoga” exercise should be performed laying on your stomach. BUT, you can also do a press-up using a countertop, a bench, or a wall. The main focus of this activity is to use your arms to push you into a position to release the shoulders and upper back, arching the spine up and pressing the pelvis down, using your arms as your leverage. Squeeze your butt as you press your spine away from the floor, and tuck your belly button to engage your abdominals.  

Perform 10 press-ups once a day, focus on breathing into your ribcage and lengthening your neck.

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MineFit TidBit: Selling a Vegetable?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, August 5, 2016

Veggies might not be the most “sexy” food. But if you are selling fresh fruits and veggies, It's best to make them "Super!"

The same marketing  principles that make candies, sugary cereal, and other processed food appealing apply successfully to healthy foods, and food that is nourishing to the body. And, adults react the same way kids to do to marketing strategy.

So...Put a Cape on a Carrot...Give a Brussel Sprout a Moment on TV...

...and make your favorite fruits and veggies heroic. The study link here explains why it works.  Have a good Friday and please remember to post materials at your worksite to spread the knowledge. 

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Monday Moves: Strength Series Week Two: The Bicep

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, August 1, 2016

This week’s move marks the second week of a strength series culminating in a list of the best strength exercises you can do in the shortest amount of time.

The Series Goal:
(1) Improve overall body strength.
(2) Increase joint integrity and reduce osteoarthritis.
(3) Reduce chronic injury and strain to shoulders and lower back.

Strength Move: Bicep 

A bicep curl isn’t just about sculpting your guns.  

This key exercise helps in lifting activities and engages the back of the shoulder for better posture when done properly. Most biceps are actually under-developed because the upper-trapezius and neck are doing too much of the work. Learning a proper bicep curl reduces the risk of neck and upper-back strain (don’t know what an “upper-trapezius” is? Use your Google Machine and find out! Empower yourself with new knowledge).

Stand tall with a long flat spine, and stay firm through the stomach. Engage in two sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, focusing on not arching your lower back or pushing the hips forward. Also, keep your elbows firmly attached to your ribcage. Focus on the "Ball of Your Bicep" as you perform your curls, and decelerate at the same speed at which you curled the weight up. Use 8-20lbs -- no more than that, in order to properly isolate the muscle.

Please note: this exercise can be performed in a seated or standing position using a cord (with feet leveraging your cord), or with a cable cross machine or dumbbell.  

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Member Spotlight: Vortex Valves Receives Recycling Award

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 29, 2016

IMA-NA Associate Member, Vortex Valves, recently received an award related to their industrial plastics recycling program. Through their work with the Solutions-Based Customer Recycling Award Program (S.C.R.A.P) Vortex achieved Cope Plastics’ Green Level Milestone Award in March 2016 by diverting 50,000 pounds of industrial plastic from landfills. This award is an excellent example of the various sustainability programs IMA-NA members participate in. Sustainability programs are an important aspect of corporate responsibility across four main areas: environment, economics, politics, and culture. Vortex's plastic recycling program is just one aspect to their sustainable development efforts, which also include a recycling of many other materials, investing in their communities, and conservation programs. IMA-NA's Sustainability Task Force is always looking for new ways to engage with and encourage sustainability across the industry. If you are interested in getting involved or highlighting the efforts of your company please contact Darrell Smith or Ariel Hill-Davis.

To read more about Vortex's award click here. 

Tags:  Associate Member  award  recycling  sustainability  sustainability task force  Vortex Valves 

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Cadet Jonathan Taylor, IMA-NA’s First Intern

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 29, 2016
The Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) has had the pleasure over the past two months to provide an internship for Mr. Jonathan Taylor, a rising sophomore at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Jonathan is studying Political Science and Pre-Law, with hopes to return to Washington, DC after graduation. Mr. Taylor is the first intern IMA-NA has accepted, and given the positive experience with Jonathan, there will likely be many more. “Jonathan has made me very proud, he has worked hard, turned out product, gone beyond what was asked of him, and been a delight to have around the office…the Citadel instils within their Cadets the highest values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, and Jonathan has demonstrated those qualities here at IMA-NA,” said Darrell Smith, Executive Vice President of IMA-NA and a graduate of The Citadel himself. During his time at IMA-NA, Jonathan has produced maps of our mine operations by Congressional District, attended numerous legislative and regulatory meetings with IMA-NA staff, helped out on a variety of other vital tasks, and made many professional contacts. At The Citadel, Jonathan is a member of the Human Affairs Team for the Corps of Cadets, will be serving on the renowned Cadre next year, and is the Operations Manager for The Citadel’s Knights of Columbus Chapter. When he is not working hard at The Citadel or his internships, Jonathan calls Charlotte, NC home, where he lives with his mother Gwen, sister Shamyra, and dog Raven. Upon graduating from The Citadel, Jonathan Plans to Commission as an Army National Guard Officer and work as either a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill or for a Defense Industry company in government affairs or public policy. 

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MineFit TidBit: The Science of a Pushup

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 29, 2016
Friday MineFit TidBit: The Science of a Pushup: The pushup is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut, similar to doing a plank with toes and palms on the floor. Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups and a man the same age should be able to do 27 pushups. By the age of 60, those numbers drop to 17 for men and 6 for women. BUT the act of lifting and lowering one's entire weight is taxing, even for the very fit…

Practice your Pushup! If the toes-based push-up is too difficult, start by doing two sets of 6-15 repetitions with your knees on the floor. Can’t get to the floor, or don’t want to rest your knees? Lean against a countertop at a 45-degree angle and press up and down, or use a wall to push your body up and down, and act as if you were trying to push that wall or countertop away from you.  

Questions, Feedback?? Email your MineFit Coach. And, Lend a Friend a Hand…forward this email to someone who might need a pushup every so often.  

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North American Minerals Days - Hosting a Successful Community Event at Your Habitat

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

With summer rapidly approaching an end, we are moving closer to our identified week of North American Minerals Days.  In the second year of our initiative, we've identified the week of October 10th as the ideal time to cluster events. As we continue planning events for North American Minerals Days, we will be sharing tools and ideas for member event planning. Taking our cue from the success of European Minerals Day, all associated events will be member driven with different focuses. From open mine days to roundtable discussions with elected officials, these events are geared towards highlighting whatever aspect of your operations you would like to educate the public about.

This afternoon we are sharing information on how to host a successful community event at your habitat. As we work to change the inaccurate public perception that all mining is terrible for the environment, North American Minerals Days is a good opportunity to show off your reclamation projects.  Demonstrating the respect and care we, as an industry, have for our environment can go a long way to correcting misconceptions about mining, especially when interacting with younger individuals. Please see the attached presentation from the Wildlife Habitat Council for tips and ideas on how to host a successful community event focused on your habitat. 

If you are interested or planning on hosting an event please contact Ariel Hill-Davis for assistance. 

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Tags:  education  environment  habitat  namd  North American Minerals Days  outreach  reclamation  sustainability 

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Monday Moves: Q3 MineFit Strength Series Week One

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 25, 2016

Q3 MineFit Strength Series Week One

This week, our move marks the beginning of a strength series, which will culminate as a list of the best strength exercises you can do in the shortest amount of time.

The Series
Exercises will be illustrated by way of resistance band, and can be transferred to bodyweight, machine, and dumbbell format. Each "Strength Move" will explain the WHY and the HOW while engaging in resistance training and define specific muscle group exercises, with the goals of:
(1) Improving overall body strength
(2) increasing joint integrity and reducing osteoarthritis
(3) reducing chronic injury and strain to shoulders and lower back -- the two most common joints at risk.

Strength Move: Row

This classic "pulling "exercise covers the large group of muscles in your middle back, and engages shoulders to pull back into the proper place in their socket, reducing chronic injury by way of keeping them away of a vulnerable position to strain tendons.
Also, strengthening the muscles of the middle back reduces the risk of lower back injury by assisting movement and lifting without using the various tiny muscles in the lower spine improperly.

Stand tall with a long flat fine, and stay firm through the stomach. Engage in two sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, focus on drawing in your chest open and pulling your elbows back, trying to touch your elbows together behind you as you pull. Perform three times per week.

 Please note: this exercise can be performed in a seated or standing position, and, can be transferred to a cable cross machine, or performed bent from the waistline if you have a dumbbell. 

The last photo represents our MineFit coach getting "fancy" with single leg balance while pulling a resistance  band and is purely aspirational! Please do not perform this version on the worksite. :-)




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