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for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH), Office of Mine Safety and
Health Research. His presentation
outlined how manufacturers, OEMs
and service providers can be at the
forefront of safety advancement in the
aggregates industry. Matetic explained
how NIOSH selects and researches initiatives and how companies can work
directly with them to provide solutions
for the industry.
The M&S Board also focused on
ways to strengthen the division to
better serve the association and
industry. The meeting culminated
with approval and creation of the M&S
Membership Subcommittee that will
drive renewal and retention efforts for
the division, identify prospects and
recognize underrepresented products
and services to provide greater value
to producer members.
Houston: We Are
Landing in 2018!
Though the 2018 NSSGA Annual
Convention and AGG1 Academy &
Expo is a year away, the Meetings
& Education Committee has already
begun preparations for the educational aspects of the event from
March 6-8, 2018, in Houston, Texas.
Committee members reviewed the
AGG1 Academy topic development
timeline during the 2017 Annual
Convention and suggested improvements to the process that will help
reviewers provide more consistent
and constructive feedback to AGG1
Members of the Meetings &
Education Committee serve as mentors and peer reviewers for the 50-plus
education sessions of the AGG1
Academy, which cover topics related
to aggregates production and operations, safety and health, community
relations, business management, leadership and environment.
Guests from the U.K.-based
Institute of Quarrying (IQ) attended
the Meetings & Education Committee
meeting to give an update on the
NSSGA/IQ distance learning programs, including the successful
pilot phase that concluded in 2016.
Dozens of NSSGA members are currently enrolled in the two distance
learning programs, and the committee discussed ways to bolster enrollment and assist member companies
in identifying the best candidates
for these programs.
The meeting was also the last
chaired by longstanding committee chairman Rick Feltes formerly of
Lafarge. Feltes oversaw the committee
through its early days as it was formed
from NSSGA members who attended
the first AGG1 Academy & Expo in
2009 in Orlando, Fla., and sought to
improve and expand the show. Under
Feltes' leadership, the show nearly
doubled in size to become the aggregates industry's top exhibition and
Graduates of the NSSGA/Institute of Quarrying distance learning program.
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