SGS Galson Offers Services to Support Compliance
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new silica enforcement initiative that will increase silica sampling at mines, covering all workers with potential exposures, including contractors. This initiative aligns with the agency’s key focus on silica, and a proposed rule will be released in September.
Among numerous areas of enforcement, the initiative includes:
- Expanded silica sampling at metal and nonmetal mines to ensure inspectors’ samples represent the mines, commodities, and occupations known to have the highest risk for overexposure.
- A focus on sampling during periods of the mining process that present the highest risk of silica exposure for miners. For coal mines, those processes include shaft and slope sinking, extended cuts and developing crosscuts, while metal and nonmetal sampling will focus on miners working to remove overburden.
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