MSHA to hold public meetings to develop proposed rule on safety and health management programs for mines (10/6)
The meetings will include presentations on model programs by representatives from academia, safety and health professionals, industry and worker organizations, and government agencies. Model programs should be designed to prevent injuries and illnesses, as well as maintain compliance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, safety and health standards, and other regulations. MSHA is particularly interested in information on programs that include the active involvement of workers, beginning during the development of the program and continuing through implementation and evaluation.
"Year after year, many mine operators successfully achieve low injury, illness and violation rates," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We are interested in hearing about the safety and health management programs they have in place and how these might benefit other mines and miners.
"It is obvious there are some mines that need to change the culture of safety and health within their organizations," Main added. "Hopefully, hearing about successful management programs will encourage them to move in the right direction."
The dates, locations and contact information for the public meetings are listed below. All meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. local time.
Oct. 8 - MSHA National Office, 1100 Wilson Blvd., 25th floor conference room, Arlington, Va. 22209
Oct. 12 - Embassy Suites Sacramento, Riverwalk Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, Calif. 95814
Oct. 14 - Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219