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The IMA-NA Safety and Health Committee develops safety and health products for the benefit of our member companies and their employees.  Our approach is designed from the "ground-up."  We have forgone expansive glossy manuals, detailed programs on everything safety, and broad sweeping initiatives.  Instead, we work with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to determine how employees at our mine sites are being injured, and we tailor our efforts to aggressively attack the root causes of injury in our industry.
For instance, the most injured body parts in the industrial mineras industry are fingers and hands.  Some of the products we have developed are designed to address these types of injuries.

When developing products, the following process flow is used as a guide:
Below are examples of the products developed.  Many of these safety products are available for purchase in the  IMA-NA Store.

Dust Control

Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing

Throughout the mining and processing of minerals, the mined ore undergoes a number of crushing, grinding, cleaning, drying, and product sizing operations as it is processed into a marketable commodity. These operations are highly mechanized, and both individually and collectively these processes can generate large amounts of dust. If control technologies are inadequate, hazardous levels of respirable dust may be liberated into the work environment, potentially exposing workers. Accordingly, federal regulations are in place to limit the respirable dust exposure of mine workers. Engineering controls are implemented in mining operations in an effort to reduce dust generation and limit worker exposure.

Authors: Cecala-AB, O'Brien-AD, Schall-J, Colinet-JF, Fox-WR, Franta-RJ, Joy-GJ, Reed-WR, Reeser-PW, Rounds-JR, Schultz-MJ

Reference: Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-112, Report of Investigations, January 2012; :1-314

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