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Safety and Health

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

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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.

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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.

MSHA-NSSGA Alliance

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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

  • ROLL OUT OF GHS-COMPLIANT TOOLS ON HAZARD COMMUNICATION HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

    NSSGA unveiled new compliance assistance tools to help producers achieve compliance with OSHA’s and MSHA’s globally harmonized system (GHS) for hazard communication at its Annual Convention March 17.  The worksheets are exemplars of Safety Data Sheets (taking the place of Material Safety Data Sheets needed prior to GHS) for the generic aggregates products including granite,…

    Posted 3/24/15 at 2:37 PM

  • Virginia quarry fined for dust violation

    [A Roanoke aggregates quarry] agreed to pay a $9,750 fine after being cited by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for allowing too much dust to escape its operation. SOURCE: Aggregates Manager EDITORS NOTE:  This story highlights the need for additional training and vigilance to mitigate noise and dust.  NSSGA’s Vice President for Safety,…

    Posted 3/9/15 at 1:00 PM

  • MSHA Moves to Boost Enforcement at Troubled Mines, Provides Tools

    MSHA Administrator Joseph Main announced Feb. 25 that the agency is intensifying enforcement at mine facilities that exceed violation rates above the national average. The effort is part of the “Rules to Live By (RTLB)” program, originally implemented in 2010, to curb fatalities. Main pointedly stated that repeat offenders risk possible impact or spot inspections….

    Posted 2/26/15 at 4:38 PM

  • NSSGA: PROPOSED CIVIL PENALTIES RULE REVISIONS “STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”

    MSHA has taken the unusual step of making substantial revisions to the proposed civil penalties rule even before the close of the comment period. NSSGA and other stakeholders expressed strong opposition to the original rule as it reduces operators’ options to contest citations and risks dramatically increasing penalty assessments. The changes, announced Feb. 10, involve…

    Posted 2/12/15 at 5:23 PM

  • OBAMA BUDGET FOR FY16 SEEKS FIVE PERCENT BOOST FOR MSHA

    Included in the Obama Administration proposed budget for fiscal 2016 is a call for a five percent increase in spending for the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) up to $394 million.  Among areas seeing increased spending are: the Office of Standards and Regulations, which is working on the pending Civil Penalties rule…

    Posted 2/4/15 at 4:00 PM