Preparing for MSHA’s “Take Time Save Lives” Campaign

MSHA Is Focusing On Task Training, So Let’s Look Quickly At What’s Required And What You Can Do To Comply. By Brian Hendrix MSHA recently announced its “Take Time Save Lives” campaign to “reach miners, promote best practice resources, and ensure mine operators have the tools they need to fully train miners to use equipment.”  This new campaign is MSHA’s…

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OIG’s Audit of MSHA Enforcement is a Mess

OIG Concluded That MSHA Wasn’t Effectively Managing the Enforcement Process. So What Does That Mean for You? By Brian Hendrix Audits aren’t fun for anyone, though it’s better to be the auditor rather than the auditee. Most of the time, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is basically the auditor. On occasion, MSHA is on the receiving end of…

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Drugs, MSHA Enforcement and Maslow’s Hammer

The Agency Often Neglects Or Undervalues Its Other Tools In Favor Of Enforcement. Why?  By Brian Hendrix Without a doubt, MSHA is an enforcement agency. It walks, talks, thinks and acts like an enforcement agency. It sees itself as an enforcement agency. Enforcement is its favorite tool, and the tool that it uses most frequently. The trouble is that, after…

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Meeting the Next Assistant Secretary for MSHA

Does Christopher Williamson Have What It Takes To Serve As Head Of MSHA? Only Time Will Tell. By Brian Hendrix On Nov. 12, President Joe Biden nominated Christopher Williamson to serve as the next Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health. Williamson has secured the support of Sen. Manchin (D-W.Va.) and the United Mine Workers of America. As…

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MSHA’s Response to President Biden’s Vaccine ‘Mandate’

MSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeannette Galanis, Informed Stakeholders That MSHA Would Not Issue An ETS. By Brian Hendrix Writing yet another column about the COVID-19 pandemic was high on my “To Don’t” list. You may feel the same way about reading another column about the pandemic. Yet, here we are, and we have President Biden to thank or to blame…

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