Safety and Health

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


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.

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.

Training Resources

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.

MSHA's Workplace Exams Rule

MSHA’s new rule on workplace examinations replaces the current workplace exams standard (56/57.18002) and imposes significant new burdens on operators. The rule creates new enforcement risks, requires excess and needless paperwork and could threaten the impeccable safety record of aggregates facilities. NSSGA believes the rule should be withdrawn.

Latest Safety & Health News

  • 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

  • CalPortland’s Mark Rock Wins Award for Safeguarding Workers

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 8, 2017 – Mark Rock, senior vice president of risk management for CalPortland, will receive the 2017 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year Award. The award, presented annually by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognizes an individual for substantial commitment and contributions to safe and healthy practices…

    Posted 9/8/17 at 7:30 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

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