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MSHA. Successful Propositions Regarding Policies and Programs to Improve Mine Safety and Health Conditions. John P. Faini MSHA – Technical Support Chief, Approval and Certification Center 304-547-2029 [email protected] The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) wants each and

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MSHA

Successful Propositions Regarding Policies and Programs to Improve Mine Safety and Health Conditions

John P. Faini

MSHA – Technical Support

Chief, Approval and Certification Center

304-547-2029

[email protected]


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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) wants each and

every miner to go home each day safe and sound.

  • Examples of how MSHA accomplishes this are:

  • Enforcing federal law (Part 30 Code of Federal Regulations) *MINER Act

  • Developing and disseminating training information

  • Promoting good safety habits through behavior based safety programs

  • Continually monitoring accident data and adopting preventative solutions

  • Promoting new technologies for improving mine safety


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MINER Act and

The MINER Act was signed by President George W. Bush on

June 15, 2006. This legislation, the most significant mine safety legislation

in 30 years, amends the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and contains

a number of provisions to improve safety and health in America's mines.


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MINER Act ; and some key provisions……

* Requires each covered mine to develop and continuously update a written emergency

response plan;* Requires mine operators to make notification of all incidents/accidents which pose

a reasonable risk of death within 15 minutes, and sets a civil penalty of $5,000

to $60,000 for mine operators who fail to do so;

* Directs the Secretary of Labor to require wireless two-way communications and an

electronic tracking system within 3 years, allowing those on the surface to locate

persons trapped underground;* Requires each mine to make available two experienced rescue teams capable of a

one hour response time;


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Disseminating Information and

www.msha.gov

Reaching out to our customers

  • Our website contains

  • compliance info

  • training materials

  • hazard alerts

  • MSHA contact info

  • job task analysis

  • rules and regulations

  • accident reports

The internet is a great tool to

disseminate information!!



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Accident Monitoring and Preventative Solutions available

In 2004, MSHA observed new miners getting hired into the mining

industry.

The industry had not seen such a large hiring since the early 1970’s.

Along with these new hires came increasing accidents to the new

workforce.

Wanting to keep history from repeating itself, MSHA took the

proactive approach to prevent new miner injuries from occurring at a

at a rate in which they occurred in the 1970’s.

MSHA assisted in halting this deadly trend by developing a new miner

training CD to educate new miners on their high risk tasks. The CD

was made available to every mine in the U.S. and the results have

been positive.


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Promoting New Technologies available

MSHA is promoting the usage of equipment and technology that is

currently commercially available.

Refuge Chambers – providing breathable air to entrapped miners

Communication Technology – evaluating technology to talk from

underground to the surface through wireless technology.

Tracking Technology – evaluating technology to monitor where

entrapped miners may be so rescue operations can be expedited.


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The Chain of Safety is only as strong as it’s weakest link.

Technical Support

All play a vital role in accident prevention.

We encourage you to take this information

and use it as a tool to improve the health

and safety at your operations.

Enforcement

Thank you!!

Education and Training


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