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Safety Conference topics
MSHA’s Priority Issues and Safety Concerns in Illinois – Pat Kirk, MSHA Peru Field Office Supervisor, will address MSHA initiatives including powered haulage and air compressor inspections as well as most common citations in Illinois.
Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training in the Era of Marijuana at Work - William J. Judge, Drug Screening Compliance Institute, helps you understand how to recognize and document impairment in this new era of employment. Qualifies for Certificate of Completion for supervisors and satisfies DOT requirements that employers provide training to all persons who supervise drivers subject to the regulations, in accordance with §382.603. Drug Screening Compliance Institute (DSCI) is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This presentation is valid for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.
Behaviors that Lead to Accidents – Dave Anderson, Anderson 360 Solutions, believes that people are surprised when accidents occur, but in reality, accidents are preventable. A safety culture in the workplace involves everyone. Creating pro-active attitudes, safe work practices and setting specific goals with the team is the foundation to eliminating accidents. The lack of identifying hazardous conditions and the mistakes one take with their behaviors are leading factors in all accidents. Why does this happen? Where is the commitment? What does it really take to make a difference?
This session will teach us to better understand how the brain functions and why people make the choices they do and how we can better identify hazardous conditions and foster better decision making skills. Real life accidents and fatalities will be discussed and reviewed as a part of this training. Investigation photos and pictures shown will help remind all of us why Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!
Lime in the Eye: Protecting Your Vision and Preventing a Life-Changing Accident - Dale Basler, a native of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, recounts the story of suffering a life-changing accident in May of 1978 while performing maintenance at Mississippi Lime. When he opening a pneumatic transfer line to the bagging plant, hydrated lime inundated his face and eyes causing alkaline burns and eye cornea scaring. For 2 years he was unable to work and enjoy life in the same way. With more than 40 years of experience in mining, Dale continues working at Mississippi Lime and brings his eye safety at work and home message to others in the industry.
Safety Around Water - Chuck Cantrell, Occupational Safety Training & Consulting, delivers his lively and engaging safety message.
Aggregate Basics (101)
10:00 - Noon | Geology, Uses of Aggregates, Production Methods and Desired Characteristics | Jim Fletcher, Bowser-Morner
Noon - 1:30 | Lunch Break - On your own (There are several nearby restaurants both walking distance or a short drive)
1:30 - 2:30 | Shape, Size, Strength and Texture/ Stockpiling and Handling | Bill Pine, Heritage Construction & Material
2:30 - 3:30 | Various Types of Screen Media and Crushing Equipment—Pros and Cons | Larry Hetzel, Rock Machinery
3:30 - 3:45 | Break
3:45 - 4:30 | IDOT Policy Seminar | Andrew Stolba, IDOT Bureau of Materials
Air Regulation Compliance
Speakers: Eric Jones, Illinois EPA, Bureau of Air-Permit Section
Nathan Frank, US EPA
Annette Fulgenzi, Dept. of Commerce & Economic
Mitch Mariotti, VCNA Prairie Materials
Randy Boisvert, Hanson Material Service
A panel discussion on complying with various air regulations. Topics will include fugitive dust plans (IEPA template), Method 9 (opacity/smoke school) and other air requirements.
Navigating Illinois’ New Recreational Marijuana Law / New Technology to Determine Worker Impairment
Speakers: Nick Scala, Conn Maciel Carey
Antonio Visconti, SOBEREYE
Addressing Challenges and Concerns Obtaining Special Use Permits for Mining Operations / Tailings Pond Design, Maintenance and Inspections
Speakers: Mark Krumenacher, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Patrick Harrison, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Public opinion is commonly turned against the mining industry due to the predominance of negative and mostly false information that is commonly available on the Internet. The presentation will address a strategy that has evolved to include engaging multiple stakeholders, understanding the decision-shapers and the decision-makers, ongoing research and education, and addressing concerns in technically sound, straightforward documentation that supports a permit application.
Solar Energy Installations on Mining Company Property
Speakers: Kip Smith & Alex Yager, Borrego Solar Systems
Dan Shepard, Thelen Sand & Gravel
Craig Pals, Tick Tock Energy
Kip Smith and Alex Yager will explain State and Federal government legislation and financial incentives for Behind-the-Meter solar installations that might be able to help save your company money on electricity bills. Technological and efficiency advances, as well as environmentally friendly materials, have made solar an attractive and sustainable option. Dan Shepard and Craig Pals will show and explain the start to finish construction and benefits they have experienced to help you understand the real-world return on investment.
Illinois Waterway Closures for Lock and Dam Repair / Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Asian carp in Illinois Waterways
Speakers: Mike Walsh, Chief, Locks and Dams, Illinois Waterway
Project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jerry Snyder, Assistant Lockmaster at Brandon Road Lock
IDOT Programming for “Rebuild Illinois” Capital Plan
Speaker: Brian Pfiefer, IDOT Bureau Chief of Materials
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