What to expect at mining conference April 5 to 7

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Summary of keynote and technical presentations

Mining conference proceedingsThe 18th annual mining health and safety conference in Sudbury from April 5 to 7 features a new industry Leaders Panel that will discuss high-risk hazards in the Ontario mining industry, as well as new extended hours for the Information Exchange Trade Show running from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 6, in the solarium of the Sudbury Holiday Inn.

Candace Carnahan, a workplace safety advocate who suffered a devastating workplace injury, will open this year’s conference with a focus on the attitudes and behaviors that promote success — both personal and professional. Lisa Lounsbury will discuss what to do about workplace fatigue, and Big Daddy Tazz will close Wednesday’s sessions by addressing the topic of stigma and mental health.

Thursday’s technical sessions feature three mining Ontario mining companies presenting strategies on injury prevention, industrial hygiene, and ground control. Legislative and research updates will be provided by the Ministry of Labour, University of Toronto, Institute for Work and Health, Laurentian University, and the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health.

Technical sessions include:

  • Learning from other industries: How Cementation further developed its Serious Injury Prevention Program
  • Design and testing of impact rated bulkheads for overhead protection beneath production raises in open stopes
  • Working at Heights safety training - An assessor’s perspective
  • The Sleeping Hazard: Managing fatigue risk in mining operations
  • Culture Climate Assessment and Audit Tool
  • Organizational success factors for "breakthrough change" in occupational health and safety performance
  • Thematic analysis of key recommendations from mining health and safety reports 
  • Using passive and active seismic data to better understand the stress conditions in a Canadian mine
  • De-stress blasting strategy for mining in highly stressed sill pillars at Vale's Sudbury mines
  • Industrial Hygiene Basics: Setting up and implementing an effective IH program
  • Understanding and measuring occupational health and safety vulnerability
  • Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review (MHSPR) lessons learned: Proposed changes to Regulation 854

On Thursday afternoon, the innovation and safety awards luncheon recognizes achievements in mining health and safety, and keynote speaker Paul Huschilt will summarize the conference’s main learnings with razor sharp wit and a sense of fun. Paul believes laughter helps people remember, and his mission is to send you home thinking about everything that happened at the conference. It’s one of the highlight events at the conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

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