Figures Don’t Lie

By Mark Savit

Not that long ago, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) argued strenuously that it needed to broaden the potential reach of its Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. It based its argument primarily on the fact that the previous rule required MSHA to rely on citations that had already become final, rather than relying on citations as issued, before placing a mine on the POV list. Also that the provision allowing mines to be placed on the Potential POV (PPOV) list before being actually put into the program was too lenient, allowing mines to temporarily change violation patterns only to allow them to slip back into old patterns after the monitoring period was over.

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Retaliation and the New OSHA Regulations

By Henry Chajet

Under the guise of a new rule requiring electronic injury data reporting by employees, (29 CFR Parts 1904 and 1902), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) restricted post-incident drug and alcohol testing and bonus safety incentives programs that it considers retaliate, discourage or complicate employee injury reporting.

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A Single (Minded) Step in the Wrong Direction

By Ross J. Watzman

To the people who are frustrated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) haste in promulgating rules without examining the impact on mine safety, you are not alone. When will MSHA learn that its rush to increase regulation over the mining industry may not result in an increase in safety?

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OSHA’S New Silica Rule at a Glance: Might You Be Affected?

By Breyana A. Penn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again made headlines regarding the regulation of silica. Upon reaching the conclusion that the existing standards for occupational exposure to silica resulted in significant health risks for workers, the agency set out once again to create stricter parameters for exposure.

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MSHA’s Up, Coal is Down

By Brian Hendrix

Mining is a cyclical business. Up and down, thin and flush. Today, we all know that the coal industry is down. Amid this economic turmoil, one key indicator of the industry’s success continues to head in the right direction: the safety and health of coal miners. Last year was the best year ever in mine safety. That’s an accomplishment that everyone in the industry, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), can and should take great pride in.

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