February 1, 2011
Educational materials for aggregates professionals
By Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Online MSHA compliance tool
MSHA, along with the NSSGA, released the new “Safety Pro in a Box,” a comprehensive compilation of education and training tools for the aggregates industry. The online repository of compliance assistance materials is aimed at mine operators new to the industry, especially small mine operators. The available materials, all of which were produced by MSHA’s National Mine Health and Safety Academy, include MSHA handbooks on accident/illness reporting procedures and metal/non-metal inspection procedures; instructor guides for conducting safety and health audits at aggregates operations; on-the-job training modules for sand, gravel, and crushed stone mines; an instructor guide for establishing an occupational health program for respirable crystalline silica; and training modules on highwall hazards, personal protective equipment, hearing conservation, and workplace exams. Safety Pro in a Box can be accessed at www.msha.gov/safetypo_in_a_box/index.asp.
Mine Safety and Health Administration; National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
Hydraulic breaker safety manual
AEM’s new Carrier Mounted Hydraulic Breaker Safety Manual (Form CMHB-1004) reflects current industry practice in machine design and construction, as well as up-to-date best safety practices. The 60-page manual now includes expanded information on safe mounting and dismounting; utility locating practices; attachment installation; installation, use, and maintenance of quick-couplers; and use of newer safety design features such as gate or armrest-based hydraulic control locks.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Online comparative videos
The new Bobcat Advantage, a series of informative online videos, helps contractors compare Bobcat compact excavator performance, serviceability, operator comfort, uptime protection, and overall manufacturing quality with that of other manufacturers’ machines. Visit www.bobcatadvantage.com/learn to view the videos.
New Mii Web site
The Mineral Information Institute (Mii) has a newly illustrated and animated Web site designed to appeal to students, as well as teachers. The site provides information and materials to help teachers and students understand the significance of mineral and energy resources to society. The site also offers videos, CDs, DVDs, and other teaching materials for purchase.
Mineral Information Institute
NIOSH issued a new practical guide for dust control in metal/non-metal mines. The user-friendly guide addresses such issues as health effects of over-exposure to respirable silica dust; sampling to quantify dust generation; and controlling respirable silica dust in surface mines, underground mines, and mineral processing operations.
National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health
Vendor evaluation tool
The revised Vendor Evaluation Tool (VET), an interactive calculator to help fleets choose technology providers, can be used to evaluate virtually any provider of fleet software, from dispatch to document management to maintenance and more. The VET is available at www.arsenault.com/content_pages/view/software_vendor_calculator as a .pdf and as an Excel spreadsheet. Additional free technology selection support is available at www.arsenault.com — click on “Resources.”
Social responsibility guide
NSSGA’s ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility can be used to guide the social responsibility part of aggregate operations’ sustainability programs. Social responsibility is one of three parts of sustainability, which also includes environmental stewardship and economics.
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
The new Web site, www.luber-finer.com, is designed to provide visitors with a customer-friendly, easy-to-use experience and a wealth of valuable information about Luber-finer filtration products.
Luber-finer/Champion Laboratories, Inc.