Safety Conference topics
Technology Meets Mining Safety (2018 IAAP Innovative Safety award winner) - Jennifer Pavlich, VCNA Prairie
MSHA’s Priority Issues and Safety Concerns in Illinois – Pat Kirk, MSHA Peru Field Office Supervisor, will address MSHA initiatives including powered haulage and fire suppression as well as most common citations in Illinois.
How's My Driving? – Doug Sams, BITCO Insurance Companies, says for employees driving company owned vehicles, we are experiencing increased frequency, increased fatalities, increased injuries, increased repair/replacement costs due to accidents. He will also address most common types of accidents, behaviors in driving, defensive driving, and using your mirrors.
Crystalline silica and respirable dust monitoring program – Lauren Chubb & Emily Haas, CDC & NIOSH, will explain how in mining and related industries, worker exposure to respirable dust and respirable crystalline silica (RCS) remains a concern. Traditional monitoring approaches require days or weeks before results are available from the external laboratory, and this time lapse can interfere with efforts to quickly assess and control respirable dust exposures. More timely methods are needed to more effectively prevent worker exposure to respirable dust and RCS. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program has developed technologies and implemented monitoring approaches that provide results during or at the end of a worker’s shift. The use of these technologies and associated practices should strive to lower workers’ respirable dust exposures by the implementation of engineering controls and interventions, while also providing workers with the knowledge and motivation to lower their exposure from improved work practices.
To that end, an overview of two novel methods for exposure monitoring developed at NIOSH will be presented, including laboratory studies to verify the robustness of each approach.
Explosives Handling – Nick Sterling and Antony Lacey , IL Dept. of Natural Resources
Fire Suppression – Safety – Compliance – Larry Paris, Fox Valley Fire and Safety, says fire suppression systems are designed to provide a first line of defense during a fire emergency. The right type of suppression system or extinguisher, properly maintained, in the right place, in the hands of a person who knows how to use it, can contain a small fire and prevent it from transforming into a deadly fire. Learn about fire hazards in Illinois mining and the fire suppression systems, agents, components, maintenance and compliance requirements designed to keep you safe.
Preventative Maintenance for the Workforce – the future of occupational health and performance – Geoff Wolfe, Athletico Employer Services
Game Tape Risk Assessment Process – Matthew Schwedtmann, FABICK CAT, read an introductory chapter in a book on risk management in which the author suggested that safety performance will only improve if employees reduce the amount of risk they are willing to accept regardless of rules, regulations, policies and procedures. That really struck home, however it presented another question. What is acceptable risk and what is unacceptable risk? After watching a special on the legendary football coach Paul Brown and his innovative use of game film an idea began to take shape. We felt that the only way to be able to discuss risk and begin to improve on deciding what acceptable vs. unacceptable risk looked like was to be looking at the same picture at the same time.
Fabick CAT has two trained employees to film the work at our various operations. Using raw footage from 3-4 hours’ worth of taping, we condense the videos into two or three, two to three minute clips. The entire crew comes together and views the videos the next day to self-scout as a team. They note the positives and opportunities and an after-action plan is established to be addressed by the Safety Action Committee.
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!
Overcoming Safety Cop Culture - Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services, says there is a spectrum of how safety is managed within organizations, from authoritarian to democratic, and all leaders play a role in shaping that culture. Whether we wear the title of “safety” or not, how we interact with others in situations regarding establishing safety expectations, performing audits or assessments of work practices, or responding after an incident forms perceptions about our character. It starts with understanding the biological reflexes of reacting to stressful or challenging safety situations and then adopting cerebral, intellectual habits that are more effective solutions. This presentation will share how to overcome a “safety cop” persona, balancing leadership with collaboration to help participants become trusted safety advisors and create a more engaged safety culture.
Presented by: IAAP Specification and Technical Committee members
A new day long program developed to teach basic aggregate principals including uses for aggregates, geology, production methods, stockpiling & handling, and material characteristics asphalt and concrete producers need. Representatives from IDOT materials and testing division will explain agency policy and help you understand how to interpret material testing reports.
Being A Leader & Understanding People and Workplace Demands
Presented by: Dave Anderson, Anderson 360 Solutions, in two sessions Wednesday afternoon
Session 1 - Understanding People and Workplace Demands
With an eye on improving a competitive position in the marketplace, Companies are looking to better leverage the significant investment they have made in the selection, training and development of their key personnel. Investment in these pivotal resources is critical in order to grow revenues, improve operational performance, prevent accidents and enhance the overall profitability of the Company.
Understanding people and workplace demands help organizations insure that both prospective and current employees are optimally deployed throughout their organization. Listed below are four areas that companies have found most compelling about this training session:
Each attendee will be sent their own personal assessment which will be utilized and reviewed in detail as part of this training session.
Session 2 – Being A Leader
This session will focus on the development of Supervisors and Managers on the overall impact the leadership team has on the business. The overall direction, responsibility and accountability of your leadership team is imperative, in protecting and achieving a high level of performance.
Wet Screening: Making Water Work for You
Presented by: Bob Kurz, Polydeck Screen Corporation and Mark Blanchflower, MAB Equipment
This presentation will tackle a number of wash screen related topics, including: why water is important, how much water is required, why water pressure is important, water set-up in the head box, spray bars, and things to look for, such as visual indicators and gradations.
Moderated by Randy Boisvert, Hanson Material Services, and presented by IAAP's Sustainability Committee
Mike Falter & Nick Sterling (IDNR) will address rules, permitting, and how the department works with mine operators. They will also discuss the mined land reclamation award program. Kelly O’Brien (Hanson Material Service) will present an operators perspective on the challenges and successes for effective mine reclamation and best management practices. Mark Krumenacher (GZA GeoEnvironmental) will talk about the role of geologist, geotechnical engineer, and environmental scientist in mine reclamation. Frank O'Laughlin (Lafarge) will help you understand clean fill (CCDD and USF) and its role in reclamation. Brad Brown (Brownfield Environmental) will describe some successfully completed reclamation projects. Other topics to be discussed include: challenges to bonding mine land for reclamation (i.e. for wildlife habitat vs. pasture) and MSHA rules and regulations that affect reclamation activities.
Empowering Workers to Share Safety Concerns: What Managers Need to Know and Do
Presented by: Joe McGuire, CRH Americas and Emily Haas, NIOSH
Incorporating the attitude of seeing something and speaking up into a company’s health and safety management system is intended to get employees involved in safety. This class gives participants a chance to examine their own company’s culture and what factors may allow employees to drift from a policy or practice. After brainstorming and prioritizing common themes that inhibit workers from speaking up or taking action when they see something unsafe, activities encourage and show participants how to develop educational sessions to focus on providing both front-line leaders and employees with the skills they need to effectively intervene when they observe something unsafe. Specifically, through increased measures and evaluation of supervisory support, workers may feel empowered to take action when a hazard puts themselves or their coworkers at risk.
MSHA Legal Decisions, Enforcement Program and Initiatives
Presented by: Nick Scala, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“FMSHRC”) hears and decides cases when mine operators contest MSHA citations. These decisions not only affect the citations or orders at issue, but also further define the cited standards and can change how MSHA enforces at your mine. During this presentation, we will review FMSHRC decisions on a variety of topics including MSHA jurisdiction, workplace exams and training requirements, outlining how the interpretations adopted by the FMSHRC can impact MSHA enforcement and how to maintain compliance. We will also discuss MSHA’s current emphasis programs and initiatives over the M/NM industry. Recently, MSHA has announced initiatives regarding powered haulage safety and fire suppression systems on mobile equipment. Additionally, there has been an increased focus throughout the Agency regarding silica and health monitoring which is likely to continue. Lastly, we will discuss the “One MSHA” initiative which aims to combine the M/NM and Coal divisions of MSHA, and has already been put into effect in Illinois.
Handling and storage of dangerous and flammable materials
Presented by: IAAP Environmental Committee
Panel discussion covering proper storage, labeling, and containment of flammable/combustible materials at quarry sites. Topics will include Best Management Practices, regulatory requirements, and how environmental and safety rules sometimes contradict each other. Real-world examples will be discussed and working solutions offered.
Structural Integrity of Mining Equipment
Presented by: Jack Gorzko, MARCO Continental Manufacturing Company
Focusing on steel integrity of supporting structures and bracing, material bins, silos, hoppers and any other steel apparatus that during a failure could cause harm to people or property.
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