Safety and Health

NSSGA is committed to protecting the safety and health of its members' most precious resource: their workers.


Safety and Health Pledge

NSSGA’s Safety and Health Pledge calls for signers to commit their companies to helping the industry reduce its injury rate by ten percent for five consecutive years.


Core Principles

The Safety and Health Guiding Principles ensure that workplace safety and health is a primary concern to the aggregates industry and must be given priority status in a company’s operations.



NSSGA’s commitment to safe and healthful workplaces, as well as full compliance with related standards, is illustrated by the association’s leadership in the first alliance ever entered into by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The MSHA-NSSGA Alliance was established to forge a public/private partnership to encourage training and education that helps operators do the best possible job of safeguarding workers.

Training Resources

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NSSGA provides potent sources of information needed for keeping workers safe and healthy. These include the NSSGA Occupational Health Program, Part 46 New Miner and Task Training videos, Haul Truck Safety videos and the Mineral Identification and Management Guide.

Latest Safety & Health News


    This week, NSSGA and other associations filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. The filing was made in the federal District Court in Ohio, and requests that the court hear the case being brought by NSSGA and the other associations. The U.S. Court of Appeals…

    Posted 12/19/14 at 1:12 PM

  • MSHA Alliance’s CEO Safety Newsletter Attacks Fatalities Cause

    Tolerance of hazards associated with un-due risk posed by equipment and people is targeted in the latest MSHA-NSSGA Alliance CEO Safety newsletter. The quarterly newsletter is again addressing conditions associated with fatalities in the aggregates sector. The previous newsletter warned of hazards posed when operators fail to properly conduct workplace exams, and provide adequate task…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 4:17 PM


    NSSGA’s popular Noise and Dust Workshop will co-locate with the 2015 AGG1 Academy & Expo, said Joe Casper, NSSGA’s vice president for safety. He added, “The Noise and Dust Workshop provides a unique hands-on opportunity for participants to better monitor and mitigate sound and air hazards to protect workers.” Attendees also will learn how to…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 9:49 AM

  • MSHA State Grants For Safety Training To Be Funded in 2015

    The MSHA State Grants program, so valued by aggregates operators for its support of quality safety and health training for miners, is funded in the $1.1 trillion FY 2015 omnibus government spending bill.   Included in the Labor Department appropriation for MSHA of $375.8 million (same amount allotted for the current year), the State Grants program…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 4:30 PM

  • NSSGA Prepares States For Commenting On MSHA Civil Penalties Rule

    In remarks delivered at the Michigan Aggregates Association meeting in Grand Rapids last Friday, NSSGA VP for Safety Joseph Casper urged members of state organizations to join with NSSGA in submitting comments opposing provisions of the MSHA rule proposal on civil penalties.  The proposal aims to:  Curb the authority of the Mine Safety and Health…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 12:20 PM