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Associate Member Section Elects Kevin Peterson and Nick Tupper to Leadership Positions

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This afternoon, the Associate Member Section convened via teleconferenceto hold the election of the new Section Chair and Vice Chair. IMA-NA is pleased to announce the new leadership for the Associate Member Section as Kevin Peterson, with Vortex, as the new Chairman and Nick Tupper, with RGCX, as the Vice Chairman. Kevin succeeds Peter Causer with Volvo as Chair of the Associate Member Section.  Peter steps down after serving as Chairman for the last two years. Peter's service as Chair is yet another highlight in his longstanding relationship with IMA-NA as an exemplary member. IMA-NA thanks Peter for his leadership over the last two years and is looking forward to his continued involvement with the Section as we begin a new phase for Associate Members. We are looking forward to working on new and old initiatives that add value for membership and advance the interests of the wider industrial minerals industry community.


Associate Member Section Chairman: Kevin Peterson, Vortex



Associate Member Section Vice Chairman: Nick Tupper, RGCX

Tags:  Associate Member  leadership  RGCX  section elections  Vortex Valves 

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New NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards App

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
NIOSH launched a new mobile app version of its Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The Guide, familiar to many safety and IH professionals, is a source of general industrial hygiene information on more than 600 widely used chemicals for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The Guide was first developed more than 40 years ago, and is intended to help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. The app works on any mobile device with an HTML5-compliant web browser. The app can be used off line when no internet or cell phone connection is available.

Click here to view the NIOSH press release and download the app.

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Monday Move: Carry Your Weight With Stretching!…and 4 Easy Items to Print

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 18, 2016

It is well known that injury occurs most often when muscles are not properly stretched, or when the wrong muscle is used to lift a load. Strain occurs when lifting or moving an object improperly, most often in the Back, Wrist, Shoulder, and Neck. It can also occur when you try to move in a way that exceeds your muscle’s range of motion.

Learn to Carry your Weight With Stretching using these simple activities. Four items are a "catch-all" to help prepare your muscles for strength instead of stiffness, and balance in your body on both right and left sides.

Instructions: Copy and Paste these stretches and make 10 copies. Deliver to the break room on your site or at your office so people can use them!  






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Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute Announced at MINExpo

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 18, 2016
The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation will be sponsoring a Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute in conjunction with the National Mining Association’s 2016 MINExpo International on September 24, 2016. The event will take place at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. See attached for details.

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The Struggle with Hydration

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 15, 2016

Did you know you are more than HALF water? Over 55% of the adult body is comprised of water, and you would die within seven days of not consuming fluids (versus two weeks survival time without food).

So, why is water so important, anyway? Good hydration definitely protects against kidney stones, and there is evidence that it counters constipation and exercise-induced asthma. It may also help protect against vascular diseases, like stroke, an elevated heart rate or a sudden drop in blood pressure. It is especially important for people with diabetes. 

But, despite the vital importance of water, there are relatively few good studies of how much is needed. The research is often organ-specific, done by people studying the kidneys or lungs. Whole body systems haven’t been well studied. 

There are no formal guidelines on how much water people need each day. The amount is affected by what people eat, their weight and activity level and even the environment in which they live. Here are a few facts to help guide your hydration.   


-It reduces fatigue, improves weight control, positively impacts chronic disease like cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes complications, and positively impacts digestion. So drink up my friend!
-Up to 20% of your fluid intake can come from the food you eat, if consuming soup, vegetables, and fruit, all of which contain high water content  
-Coffee does not dehydrate you! Having a cup of joe in the morning will help you get the day going and improve hydration
-You should be using the restroom every 3 hours. IF you aren’t, this means you are dehydrated.  
-If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Immediately consume an electrolyte beverage, or drink plain water and eat something with salt and potassium
-Examples of electrolyte foods: banana with 1 TBSP peanut butter, a few salted chips and 6 dried apricots, 1/4 cup trail mix

*Copy, Paste, and Print (near a water cooler, break-room, or water fountain) the attached Hydration Factsheet on your site, and take a photo to submit for our Q3 contest! 

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Monday Move is a Q3 Announcement: The 2016 FitBit Blaze Photo Contest

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 11, 2016

...and, yes, a $100 Gift Card Giveaway, too!

Show Us Your MineFit Mentality to win a 2016 FitBit Blaze Activity Tracking Device or a Dick’s Sporting Good’s Gift Card. Take a photo of any of the following items and send directly to your MineFit Head Coach, Monica Pampell, at She will enter your name in a drawing at the end of Q3. This is an ongoing contest for the entirety of Q3, with the final prize drawing on Friday, September 30th, 2016!

Send us a photo of any of the following activities or items to be highlighted as a MineFit Mentality and submitted to the raffle:  

-Three or more workers wearing the MineFit hardhat sticker (if you need stickers mailed to you, contact IMA-MA directly).
-You plus two others (can be on-site with your team, or at home) doing the MineFit Stretching Series.
-A picture of the MineFit Materials posted in your break room or other common areas.
-Photo of Mini-Break Minutes printed placed on worker equipment or at the desk for mini-activity reminders.
-Vending Guide posted next to your vending machine.
-Or some other MineFit-themed photo.

Get creative and adopt the MineFit Mentality. 

Thank you for being the leaders for MineFit, and email Monica, the MineFit Head Coach, anytime with questions or feedback.

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MineFit Tidbit: Carry Your Weight Stretching

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 8, 2016

Osteogenic dynamic loads delivered to the skeleton during exercise prevent aging-associated bone fragility. WHAT the heck does this mean?  When you "carry your weight and add an additional “load” or weight-bearing exercise, you can counteract the effects of bone loss which happen over the age of 50.  

Why does bone loss matter?  It is a direct contributor to arthritis, muscle strain and tear, and chronic joint pain.  

Weighted stretching exercises not only improve quality of life, muscle strength, and bone strength... they are a known factor for coordination and balance, reducing the risk of fall-related fractures. 

Exercise is the mainstay of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; often however, physicians don’t have enough know-how for evidence-based prescription of exercise. Moreover, the lack of facilities for safe implementation of the exercise programs compound the problem. Worksites and employers can assist in building a structure whereby employees can exercise and sustain their bodies, bones, and muscles.  And, stay on-site for a productive workday, everyday.  

Look at Our Three Items Easy to Implement at the Workplace or at Home.




Tags:  health  joint health  MineFit  minefit tidbit  safety and health  stretching 

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Workforce Development Bill Passes Out of Committee

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, July 7, 2016

Today the House Committee on Education and Workforce unanimously passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, out of Committee. The bill reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, an important law that hadn't been updated in over a decade.  The bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA)  is a reinvestment in workforce development in the United States. H.R. 5587 will allow for continued federal support for state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs but importantly improves upon the original legislation in the following ways:

• Aligns CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market;
• Supports effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
• Increases student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
• Promotes the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized post-secondary credentials.

As we face an approaching skilled workforce gap, legislation like H.R. 5587 supports educational programs that will make it easier for new workers to enter the workforce prepared and able to step into various roles. IMA-NA has supported reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for several years and applaud the Committee on working together to produce bipartisan legislation that invests in our workforce. As such, along with other business leaders and trade associations, IMA-NA signed onto a letter to Committee Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Scott  expressing support for H.R. 5587 and urging rapid movement on the legislation. The letter is attached below. 

To read the bill click here.

To read the Committee press release click here. 

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Tags:  committee on education and workforce  Congress  legislation  training  workforce development 

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Announcing MineFit's Q3 Initiative: Releasing Stiff Joints & Strengthening Muscles

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, July 7, 2016

The MineFit Q3 Initiative: Releasing Stiff Joints and Strengthening Muscles 


We are pleased to bring to our members a collaborative effort from the IMA-MA, our member-driven Task Force Committee, and our MineFit Head Coach, for the second half of 2016 with an innovative Health and Safety Program: MineFit.  The primary goal for the third quarter initiative is to inform and guide in simple and easily-distributable ways the most successful ways to engage your workers and your organization to keep joints and muscles healthy. 


 •   No Sick Days. Nobody wants to be sick or injured either on or off the job site.  The goal is to reduce lost days due to sickness and injury and make sure people are not in pain.

   No Health Claims. Sometimes what you don’t know really can hurt you.  The MineFit information to distribute on-site and to carry-out at home reduces healthcare and workers compensation claims for easily treated, minor issues.  It essentially offers the cure before the call to the doctor.

   No General Malaise. Our research investigated the association between injury and on-site productivity using stretching programs and exercise information.  There is heavy scientific correlation between healthy bodies and better work product and morale.  Having a succinct stretching and training program embedded in the work day makes workers more aware of their bodies and in better control of their daily routine, which improves quality of work and life.


MineFit Q3 Initiative Highlights:

 •   On-Site Stretching Videos - Audio and Video to show on your job site, and instructions on when and how to disseminate information to engage employees in the most successful way.  Health and Safety managers, Plant managers, and HR directors should all be on-board…Triangulation = Better Participation!

   Strength Training Guides for All Ages - Appreciate that employee needs differ according to age and job responsibility.  Increasing strength for younger populations, maintaining bone mass for older populations, and improving stiff muscles and joints for all groups, is our objective.  Health information will be distributed accordingly.

   Q3 Webinar:  All Hands on Deck for 24/7 Health and Safety - How to weave in the MineFit materials to help employees on board, explain best tactics to disseminate information effectively, and create a timeline and structure for integrating ways to keep muscles and joints healthy for a 24/7 Health and Safety mindset.  Join us on August 16th at 2:00 EST for this webinar.


Stay tuned for all MineFit's exciting news and information through Q3, including a Fitbit Giveaway!

Tags:  health  joint health  MineFit  safety and health 

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WEBINAR TODAY: The New Toxic Substances Control Act - Dealing with the Present and Looking to the Future

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Register Here for Today's Webinar

Jul 06, 2016 2:00 PM EDT 

The Toxic Substance Control Act has received a great deal of attention recently, with Congress passing the first major revision to the Act in 40 years early this summer. This summer is also important for compliance with TSCA’s existing Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program, which requires companies that manufacture or import certain chemicals in excess of the applicable threshold to submit reports to EPA every four years. Reporting for the period from 2012-2016 is due by September 30, 2016. This Webinar will provide an overview of the CDR program with an emphasis on key factors for IMA members to consider in determining whether or not they are required to report. EPA has lowered the applicable thresholds for reporting so companies cannot simply assume they are not required to report this year because they haven’t reported in the past. The webinar will then provide an overview of the amendments to TSCA recently passed by Congress, focus on key aspects of the amendments that may impact IMA members, and highlight the opportunities to participate and shape EPA’s implementation of the amendments in the near future.

Presented by: Ben Machlis and Steven Barringer (Holland and Hart LLP)

Cost: $39/person for IMA members $69/person for non-members

* This webinar will be recorded and distributed along with all .PPTs to all registrants following the webinar

Tags:  chemicals  EPA  legislation  regulations  tsca  webinar 

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