Category: Safety & Health

  • Get a NIOSH Award for Tech Innovation

    Do you have an innovative process that helps workers stay healthy or improves safe operations? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wants to hear about it. Producers can apply for a NIOSH Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award by July 31. A simple description of the technology or process is all that’s…

    Posted 7/13/17 at 9:46 AM

  • MSHA Delays Exams Rule as NSSGA Takes Fight to Court

    NSSGA learned that MSHA will announce a 60 day extension on the effective date of the workplace exams rule. Originally slated to be implemented in the end of May, it will now go into effect July 24. NSSGA is not waiting for MSHA to amend the flawed rule on their own. The association led a…

    Posted 3/24/17 at 4:18 PM

  • Regulations Freeze May Benefit Industry

    According to a memo from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, a freeze on new or pending regulations went into effect on Friday shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. This might include the recently approved workplace exams rule issued by MSHA on Jan. 17. MSHA issued the new workplace exams regulation last week, with an…

    Posted 1/24/17 at 9:00 AM

  • MSHA Issues Final Rule on Workplace Exams

    MSHA issued a final workplace exams rule today, after months of comments and opposition from NSSGA and member companies. NSSGA is planning to seek the help of the incoming Trump administration to rescind or block the implementation of the rule because it does little to improve workplace safety. While the agency failed to estimate the…

    Posted 1/17/17 at 6:34 PM

  • Stay Alert and Don’t Get Hurt

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    Posted 8/24/16 at 5:20 PM

  • TOXIC SUBSTANCES MODERNIZATION BILL MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

    For the first time in 26 years, Congress is updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the regulation of hazardous chemicals.  The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on May 24, and it is expected to be taken up by U.S. Senate in early June. “An update of TSCA is long overdue,”…

    Posted 5/27/16 at 11:27 AM

  • MSHA PROPOSED CIVIL PENALTIES RULE

    NSSGA POSITION: The stone, sand and gravel sector has serious concerns with MSHA’s proposed rule on civil penalties (Part 100). The proposal rule doesn’t meet its stated goals of simplifying the process by which MSHA inspectors issue citations.  Further, the rule adds confusion that would impede management of safety and health.  Finally, NSSGA analysis show…

    Posted 9/11/15 at 12:02 PM

  • NSSGA PRESENTS ON FATALITY AVOIDANCE AT MSHA NE DISTRICT CONFERENCE

    Innovative ideas to reduce and ultimately eliminate workplace fatalities were presented April 28 by NSSGA’s V.P. of Safety Joseph Casper at the MSHA’s Northeast district’s semi-annual safety and health conference held at Penn State University. The presentation focused on the importance of: hazard recognition (through workplace exams and pre-shift exams on mobile equipment); effective safety…

    Posted 5/1/15 at 1:00 PM

  • FIRST FATALITY OF 2015 REPORTED AT DREDGE OPERATION DEMONSTRATES IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY BEST PRACTICES

    MSHA reported a fatality at a dredge operation in Nebraska.  On March 17, a 44-year old driver was operating a loaded articulated haul truck along an elevated roadway next to a dredge pond.  After traveling about 125 yards from the loading point, the vehicle drifted into the water.  The victim was transported to a local…

    Posted 4/21/15 at 5:12 PM

  • FATALITY AVOIDANCE TIPS SHARED IN MSHA-NSSGA ALLIANCE CEO SAFETY NEWSLETTER

    In the wake of the uptick in metal/non-metal workplace fatalities in 2014, the CEO Safety Newsletter published by the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance is sharing tips on effective management for reducing and eliminating workplace fatalities. The newsletter, signed by Alliance co-chairs Louis Griesemer of Springfield Underground, and Neal Merrifield of MSHA, are as follow: • Provide new…

    Posted 4/20/15 at 9:00 AM