MSHA Compliance is changing. You are probably aware of the Office of the Inspector General’s 2014 Audit of the United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The results were grim: more than 9,000 unreported injuries from 2000 to 2012, resulting in more than $1 million in missed penalty fees.
The report called out not only mines for underreporting but also MSHA for not doing enough to hold mines accountable. This report was a stark call both to government and business: the old way of understanding compliance is over.
With commodity prices slumping, the idea of adding additional resources and time into safety is not ideal. The status quo, however won't work. MSHA is going to be more proactive, and fines will cut even further into your bottom line.
Yet this is also an opportunity: this 2014 survey found that the mining companies that commit to safety have more productive and profitable mining operations. These operations have higher employee retention, and enjoy long term dividends from an environment of safety.
The mining companies that get ahead of the MSHA changes will not only avoid injuries, fines and bad PR, they'll set themselves up for long term success.
If you're curious about:
- What can you do to prepare for MSHA’s new requests and inspections?
- What puts smaller mines at risk?
- How do you create a culture of safety?
Then our guide, The Key to MSHA Compliance: Three Strategies to Help Mine Operators, can help. We've brought together insight on what's coming and how to successfully implement new tools and procedures to strengthen your mining operation.