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MSHA clarifies safety belt, safety line compliance

Mar 31, 2014

MSHA clarifies safety belt, safety line compliance

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Policy Letter (PPL) to clarify compliance with safety belts and lines addressed in 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.15005. The PPL, which MSHA released due to operator questions about which factors MSHA ...

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NSSGA’s Pam Whitted testifies to OSHA on potential impacts of proposed crystalline silica rule

Mar 27, 2014

NSSGA’s Pam Whitted testifies to OSHA on potential impacts of proposed crystalline silica rule

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s Senior Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Pam Whitted on Thursday testified before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the agency’s proposed silica rule. OSHA’s analysis for the proposed regulation has ...

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Three fatal flaws of OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule

Mar 17, 2014

Three fatal flaws of OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule

In just a few weeks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will conclude its public hearings on a proposed rule for crystalline silica exposure. A final rule could follow in short order, and could provide the basis for a ...

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A Cheat Sheet to Safety with Proper Personal Protective Equipment

Dec 26, 2013

A Cheat Sheet to Safety with Proper Personal Protective Equipment

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have put together best practices for safety and personal protective equipment (PPE). Here’s an at-a-glance look at the agencies’ tips: 1.  Eye Protection Safety glasses should be worn ...

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OSHA Slashes PEL, Costs to Skyrocket

Nov 01, 2013

OSHA-proposed rule would cut permissible exposure limits to crystalline silica in half; MSHA to follow suit.   By K. Brad Oakley   On Aug. 23, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule that will drastically reduce the current Permissible ...

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VIDEO: 1938 Labor Dept. video aims to prevent Silicosis

Sep 09, 2013

VIDEO: 1938 Labor Dept. video aims to prevent Silicosis

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced plans to update its 40-year-old standards. OSHA’s proposed rule, according to an August report from our sister site, Equipment World, aims to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which can come from ...

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Visual Communication

May 01, 2012

Visual Communication

Good signage can help keep work environments safe in mines and quarries. By Martin Carter No matter how well a mine or quarry has attended to safety, going through a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or WorkSafe ...

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Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission addresses contractor liability issues

Aug 30, 2011

Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission addresses contractor liability issues

  by Adele L. Abrams, president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. One of the more frustrating legal issues confronting those in the mining industry has been the application of the Mine Act’s “strict liability” framework to situations involving ...

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State and Province News April 2011

Apr 01, 2011

To keep up to date with this breakdown of news in the United States and Canada, visit www.AggMan.com for daily updates. Alabama Although a Limestone County woman has voiced concerns that a new gravel mine will lower her property value, the Huntsville natural ...

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OSHA awards $8 million in grants

Sep 17, 2010

OSHA awarded $8 million in Susan Harwood Safety and Health Capacity Building Training grants to 45 organizations. These organizations – including nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, colleges and universities – will provide safety and health programs that educate ...

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Expect Enforcement

Jan 01, 2010

New agency leaders put the industry on notice. By Henry Chajet and Christa Lee Rock             “It’s time to put the ‘H’ for ‘Health’ back in ‘MSHA,’” Dr. Greg Wagner recently told the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Wagner, ...

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Obama to nominate Michaels to head OSHA

Aug 05, 2009

On July 28, President Obama announced that he would nominate David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, to become the assistant secretary of labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Michaels is an epidemiologist and is currently a research professor at the ...

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