MSHA Update: June Impact Inspection Results and More

Mining

The summer is often a slow time for industry updates. Not so for the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) this year. From the results of their June impact inspections and the legacy of the Upper Big Branch explosion, to the discussions around a new proposed rule and their upcoming 40th anniversary, MSHA’s been keeping busy. Here are the highlights.

The Results Are In: June Impact Inspections

MSHA announced this week that it issued 114 citations during the month of June, as part of a series of special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines.

Impact inspections are specifically designed to target mines with a poor compliance history or compliance concerns. These types of inspections began back in April of 2010 following an overhaul of regulations designed to more closely examine mines with chronic violation records.

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Update from COP21, OSHA Launches Webpage for Healthcare Workers and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • The Latest Developments at COP21
  • OSHA Launches Webpage to Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence
  • Brazil Mine Accident puts Tailings Ponds Safety Back in Hot Seat

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Updates From COP21’s Climate Change Conference. Click here
  • OSHA Launches Webpage to help Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence. Click here
  • Update from Brazil’s Mining Tragedy. Click here
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On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions
  • NIOSH Wants to Mandate Smoke-Free Workplaces
  • Controversial Changes to Britain’s Mine Safety Rules
  • Identifying Hazardous Substances Workers May Be Exposed to in the Workplace

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • What You Need to Know About California’s Water Crisis. Click here
  • NIOSH Wants to Mandate Smoke-Free Workplaces. Click here.
  • Britain’s Mine Safety Rules. Click here
  • Identifying Hazardous Substances Workers May Be Exposed to in the Workplace. Click here
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International Water Safety Day, Turkish Coal Mine Disaster, EPA Training Grants and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Recognizing International Water Safety Day
  • Fatal Turkish coal mine explosion and fire
  • West Virginia coal mine collapse
  • NIOSH releases guide for small businesses
  • EPA announces environmental job training grants
  • Public Citizen report weighs in on I2P2

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NIOSH Guide for Small Businesses – View it here.
  • OSHA Regulatory Agenda – View it here.
  • EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants – Learn more about the program here.
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Hoover Dam’s safety record, revised MSHA POV rules, hearing loss concerns in sports facilities and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • MSHA’s revised pattern of violation (POV) rules. 
  • Research on excessive noise levels in sports venues.
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Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Big Branch mine settlement, OSHA whistleblower protection and more on EHS This Week

Head on over to Podbean or use the player below to check out the most recent podcast of EHS This Week.

This week, Kristy Sadler and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news, including a big OSHA whistleblower suit, the Big Branch mine disaster settlement, Durban climate talks, and more.

Check back on a weekly basis for a quick rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories.

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