Category: Safety & Health

  • Nominate Safety & Health Leaders for Awards

    Mark Rock, senior vice president of risk management for CalPortland, received the 2017 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year Award, based on a career of advancing a culture of safety and health. If you know of a great leader who is committed to safe and healthy practices please click here or email…

    Posted 6/26/18 at 3:27 PM

  • NIOSH to Recognize Safety, Health and Tech Innovations

    The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will recognize aggregates operations for safety innovations. Operations that use technology to improve their equipment, programs and systems can apply for NIOSH Safety and Health Technology Innovations Awards. In September 2017, Granite Mountain Quarries and Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company received the award for the…

    Posted 6/26/18 at 2:51 PM

  • White House Announces Regulatory Priorities

    The Trump administration recently released its Spring Regulatory Agenda, outlining the actions federal agencies intend to prioritize in the coming year. Updating and clarifying the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. rule is high on the administration’s list. NSSGA attended a meeting at the White House on May 10, 2018, as part of…

    Posted 5/21/18 at 2:54 PM

  • Dodge Machinery Injuries

    Using the best practices in this safety alert can help reduce injuries related to using machinery. These types of injuries were the third most-common ones in the aggregates industry according to the most recent data. The NSSGA-MSHA Alliance has produced several of these alerts available for free to anyone in the industry.   To download…

    Posted 5/4/18 at 2:38 PM

  • NSSGA Environmental & Safety Excellence Awards Now Open

    Starting today, NSSGA members are able to apply for Environmental and Safety Excellence Awards through an online application process located on the NSSGA Awards webpage. Environmental Excellence Awards provide national recognition for member operations that actively use environmental controls and systems to improve and maintain the environment in and around their facilities. Safety Excellence Awards recognize individual…

    Posted 5/2/18 at 4:00 PM

  • Improve Safety Around Powered Haulage

    The best practices in this safety alert can help reduce injuries related to using and working around powered haulage equipment. These types of injuries were the fourth most-common ones in the aggregates industry according to the most recent data. The NSSGA-MSHA Alliance has produced several of these alerts available for free to anyone in the…

    Posted 4/26/18 at 2:48 PM

  • MSHA Adding Time to Comply with Exams Rule

    MSHA told NSSGA that the agency will not issue citations related to the new Workplace Exams Rule until Oct. 1, 2018. This move will give operators time to understand the rule and the agency time to provide additional compliance assistance. However, the agency may issue citations in the case of extremely dangerous hazards. MSHA published a final rule…

    Posted 4/24/18 at 6:52 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Omnibus Bill and MSHA’s Small Mines Office

    Where did MSHA’s Office of Small Mines go? Established in 2003, the office offered compliance assistance to operators – particularly small quarries – prior to inspections. The office, which was independent of the inspectorate, was folded into the agency’s field services arm in recent years and is hard to find now. “All it tried to do … was…

    Posted 4/17/18 at 3:44 PM

  • Focus on Tool Safety

    Using the best practices in this safety alert can help reduce injuries related to hand tools. These types of injuries were the second most-common ones in the aggregates industry according to the most recent data. The NSSGA-MSHA Alliance has produced several of these alerts available for free to anyone in the industry.   To download…

    Posted 4/12/18 at 9:00 AM

  • MSHA Finalizes Workplace Exams Rule

    MSHA published a final 2018 Workplace Examinations Rule today, April 9, 2018. NSSGA’s preliminary analysis is that the final rule, which goes into effect on June 2, codifies the relatively positive changes proposed in September 2017. The rule broadens the time in which a competent person could conduct workplace exams from just before the shift to…

    Posted 4/9/18 at 1:05 PM