January 1, 2009
The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) new Safety Targets Training Program focuses on addressing and eliminating the most common causes of repeat fatal accidents that occurred from 2000 to 2008. Ten training modules are in development to address the 20 topics that account for 75 percent of these causes in coal and metal/non-metal mines. Leading causes in metal/non-metal mines include the following: fall from elevations, operating equipment (surface), maintenance, lock and tag, block against motion, hit by equipment (surface), pre-op, roof/rib falls, communication, unsafe act. More information about the training can be found on MSHA’s Web site, www.msha.gov. MSHA.
Several new publications are available from the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The Aggregate Handbook, describes all phases of the industry in a manner useful to engineers, plant operators, specifiers, marketers, students, and the general public. A supplement CD is included.
The Community Relations Handbook for the Aggregates Industry focuses on the “how-tos” of building positive, long-term relationships between operations and the community. It describes successful and tested methods of gaining the goodwill of neighbors through two-way communications. It also includes four supplements: Answering Community Concerns about Blasting, Answering Community Concerns about Dust and Noise, Answering Community Concerns about Truck Traffic, and Hosting an Open House or Operation Tour.
NSSGA’s Guiding Principles for Sustainability addresses the industry’s commitment to communities, to environmental stewardship, to social responsibility, and to economic prosperity. Several tools are available for use in neighborhoods, for luncheons, at open houses, within the workforce, with local media, and with area schools, including: videos, brochures, and booklets. NSSGA.
Worker health document
The Essential Elements of Effective Workplace Programs and Policies for Improving Worker Health and Wellbeing identifies 20 components of a comprehensive work-based health protection and health promotion program. It includes both guiding principles and practical direction for organizations seeking to develop effective workplace programs. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Three new PC-based training simulator programs are now available from Vista Training, Inc. The Off-Highway Truck, Wheel Loader, and Mining Truck personal simulators enable equipment operator training without high-cost equipment downtime and possible damage. There are a total of six simulation lessons of increasing difficulty; all data is tracked to allow comparison to benchmarks. Two kinds of simulator controls are available for the truck simulators: basic Logitech steering wheel and shifter or a complete, realistic replica of the actual haul truck controls. Three kinds of controls are available for the wheel loader simulator: PC controls, replica controls, or OEM controls. All connect to a standard USB port. Vista Training, Inc.
Truck trends reports
The North American Truck Equipment Industry Outlook and Strategy Report and the Profitability, Cost and Technology Playbook uncover growing trends in the work truck industry and best strategies for surviving in a changing market. The reports discuss the impact of globalization and its opportunities. National Truck Equipment Association.
EPA report on engine compliance
The 2007 Progress Report, Vehicle and Engine Compliance Activities summarizes vehicle and engine compliance program data collected in 2007, including test results from certification activities plus other types of compliance reports and test results. The report is available online at www.epa.gov/otaq/oms-def.htm#progress. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Transportation and Air Quality.