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Nominations Being Accepted for NIOSH Technology Innovations Award

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, June 3, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 3, 2019

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) currently is accepting nominations until July 1, 2019, for the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/content/innovationsawards.html.  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 24-26, 2019, in Stevenson, WA (located just outside of Portland, OR)(https://www.ima-na.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1223867).  IMA-NA strongly encourages you to consider self-nominating your company or one of its operations for the award.

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NIOSH Award Nominations - Last Call

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, June 25, 2018

NIOSH is accepting nominations until July 1, 2018, for the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/content/innovationsawards.html.  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 25-27, 2018, in Napa, CA.  We strongly encourage you to consider self-nominating your company for the award.


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NIOSH Award Nominations Open

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 4, 2018

NIOSH is accepting nominations until July 1, 2018, for the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/content/innovationsawards.html.  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 25-27, 2018, in Napa, CA.  We strongly encourage you to consider self-nominating your company for the award.


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Workers’ Memorial Day — April 28, 2018

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 27, 2018

Tomorrow, April 28th, is Workers' Memorial Day. Established in 1970 by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Workers' Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor workers who were injured, became ill, or died because of exposures to hazards at work. Like other traditional industries, mining operations have some intrinsic safety and health risks which is why IMA-NA is proud to represent companies committed to keeping their employees safe and healthy. IMA-NA members are industry leaders in the field of safety and health, constantly improving their records and programs. At our upcoming Spring Meeting, we'll have the pleasure of presenting our Safety Award Winners for the year before we get to discuss the top issues facing the industry with Assistant Administrator of MSHA, David Zatazelo. 

We encourage everyone to take some time to remember those workers who were and are unfortunate enough to get injured on the job. 

To read the CDC - NIOSH press release on Workers' Memorial Day click here

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

Posted By RJ Alpers, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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.


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IMA-NA Comments on MSHA Diesel RFI

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yesterday IMA-NA filed comments on MSHA’s Request for Information on Exposure to Diesel Exhaust of Underground Miners (RFI).  The comments have their basis in the responses IMA-NA has filed to date on the RFI, but primarily address the work of the NIOSH-MSHA Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) and its meeting on September 19, 2017.  The comments address the fact that the RFI and the Partnership began under the Obama Administration and are proceeding under the Trump Administration.  They seek to reflect an ongoing, proactive IMA-NA commitment to reducing diesel emissions exposures and to the Partnership process.  Background information on the Partnership can be accessed through the following link:  https://www.msha.gov/regulations/rulemaking/diesel-exhaust-health-effects-partnership.

 

In the Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda MSHA did not indicate that it intended to extend the comment period on the RFI beyond the end of the current comment period on January 9.  The IMA-NA comments request that the RFI comment period be kept open for public comment indefinitely or, if need be, extended to at least January 9, 2019, contemplating subsequent extensions as warranted.  The principal reason for doing so is to allow continued commentary on the work of the Partnership in what may, or may not, ultimately be a rulemaking record.

 

The comments on MSHA’s RFI on Exposure to Diesel Exhaust in Underground Miners are attached.


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National Protect Your Hearing Month

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, October 27, 2017

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and NIOSH has over 30 blog posts available to educate visitors about what is regarded as the Number One occupational health issue . . . noise-induced hearing loss.  Despite government regulations, recommendations, and a large body of occupational health research, everyone seems to struggle with how to convert knowledge to preventive intervention.  NIOSH researchers have focused on narrowing this “know-do” gap by trying to improve communication and dissemination efforts with safety and health professionals and the public through available communication channels and social media.

To learn more, please visit https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/10/26/nihl-blogs/, . . . but do it soon.  National Protect Your Hearing Month is almost over.  More importantly, do it because noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable.  What’s really needed is closing the “know-do” gap.


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House Approps Bill Restores Key Mining Provisions

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Responding to testimony jointly filed by industry and labor stakeholders, the House Labor/HHS Appropriations bill responds to two key mining industry concerns regarding the 2018 budget for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Not only does the bill restore the NIOSH mining research line item, but it does so at the 2017 funding level of $59.9m that stakeholders recommended.  NIOSH’s overall budget largely was restored with the committee proposal $10m below the FY’17 enacted level.

 

The joint industry testimony is posted below.

  

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Nominations Open for NIOSH Technology Innovations Award

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 26, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations process are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/content/innovationsawards.html.  The nominations process closes on Friday, June 30.  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2017, in Chicago, IL.  We encourage you to consider self-nominating your company for the award.


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NIOSH Workshop on Elongate Mineral Particles

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, May 1, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences Committee on Earth Resources will host a workshop on elongate mineral particles (EMPs) on May 15 and 16 in Washington, DC.  The workshop is sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and will address terminology and characterization of elongate mineral particles.  Asbestos fibers are a subset of a larger universe of EMPs, which encompass a broad group of respirable mineral particles of certain aspect ratios. Advancing research and communication about EMP properties and their potential health effects is challenging for a number of reasons including the continued use of inconsistent nomenclature and inadequate characterization of EMPs. One industry concern is the potential for mischaracterizing other EMPs as asbestos fibers, absent comparable mineralogy or asbestos-related health effects.  Participation in the Workshop is either in person or via WebEx.  To register for the Workshop, click here.


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