The State of Safety: Big Data in the Mining Industry








October 23rd, 2019


10:30 am - 11:30 am 


Nevada 6



TitleLead Research Behavioral Scientist

Emily Haas, Ph.D.  Dr. Haas is a Senior Research Behavioral Scientist on the Human Factors Branch at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Haas studies issues related to health, safety, and risk management in the mining industry. Leading research efforts with mineworkers and mine management across mines of various commodities, she has helped facilitate safer work behaviors and reduce barriers to sustaining those behaviors. Specifically, her research studies risk by way of integrating work practices around mine technologies including proximity detection systems, Helmet-CAM assessment technology, and continuous personal dust monitors. Dr. Haas has more than 50 papers published in public health, occupational safety, and mining journals. Emily has a PhD in Health Communication from Purdue University, Indiana, and an MA/BA from the University of Dayton, Ohio.


TitleSafety Guy

Jon has 20+ years of health, safety and environmental experience in the heavy construction industry with underground utilities, chemical plants, refineries, soda ash mines, cement plants, surface mines, underground mines, pits and power plants. For the past twenty years Jon has been actively involved with training and safety programs on multiple construction and mine sites. He has worked on numerous manufacturing projects in the heavy construction industry as a Corporate Safety Manager and was responsible for contractor/owner relationships, project safety management, safety implementation, safety audits and safety training of craft personnel. He has an unmatched passion for safety and health improvement which has led him to his most recent endeavors. The creation of a technology platform that allows employers, employees, customers, and regulators to work in synergy with one another in safety and health.  Creating this positive relationship, with real time leading indicator data collection, enhances the pursuit of a work environment free of hazards and a work experience of continual improvement.  

Jon Wickizer


What are safety effort motivators?  What do you do to create a sustained level of risk awareness?  What do you do to make sure that the process includes continual improvement?  What are some other approaches and how can we leverage technology to magnify the overall performance?  Let us discuss NIOSH research on this topic to date, technology options available, the efforts being made across the industry, and perhaps the outlook of this approach.  Within this presentation we will discuss what we have done previously in developing and integrating technology with various workforces, and how these efforts have improved safety engagement among leaders and their workforce. Then, we will discuss where we are now, where are we going, and what you can do to help. Bring your best practices, your ideas, your open mind, candor, and the ability to give and receive feedback for this interactive session of knowledge sharing.