MSHA: Follow procedure to submit program for corrective action

By |  April 3, 2014

MSHA issued a reminder for the industry about the process for submitting a corrective action program for agency approval.

According to an MSHA press release, the purpose of a corrective action program is to establish and implement corrective actions at a mine to reduce significant and substantial (S&S) violations that could lead to pattern of violations sanctions. A corrective action program must contain concrete, meaningful measures to reduce S&S violations; be specifically tailored to the mine’s compliance problems; and contain achievable benchmarks and milestones for implementation. These programs must be submitted to the agency for approval, MSHA says.

MSHA is encouraging mine operators to develop and implement corrective action programs prior to meeting the pattern-of-violations screening criteria.

“Mine operators should closely track their violation and injury histories,” says Joe Main, MSHA’s assistant secretary of labor. “Developing and implementing an effective corrective action program that reduces significant and substantial violations puts a mine on track to make the workplace safer and healthier for miners.”

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