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Msha Slates Public Meetings


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold public meetings in Arlington, Va., Sacramento, Calif., and Pittsburgh to gather information about effective, comprehensive safety and health management programs at mines

The U.S. Department of Laborís Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold public meetings in Arlington, Va., Sacramento, Calif., and Pittsburgh to gather information about effective, comprehensive safety and health management programs at mines. The agency will use information gathered from these meetings to help develop a proposed rule for safety and health management programs for mines.

The meetings will include presentations on model programs by representatives from academia, safety and health professionals, industry and worker organizations, and government agencies. 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.

ìYear after year, many mine operators successfully achieve low injury, illness and violation rates,î says Joseph Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. ìWe are interested in hearing about the safety and health management programs they have in place and how these might benefit other mines and miners.

ìIt is obvious there are some mines that need to change the culture of safety and health within their organizations. Hopefully, hearing about successful management programs will encourage them to move in the right direction.î
All meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. local time. The dates and locations are:

  • Oct. 8 ñ MSHA National Office, 1100 Wilson Blvd., 25th floor conference room, Arlington, Va.
  • Oct. 12 ñ Embassy Suites Sacramento, Riverwalk Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Oct. 14 ñ Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh.