SME endorses mining industry safety initiative‚Ä®

By |  March 19, 2014

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s (SME) board of directors, on the recommendation of its Health & Safety Committee, voted to endorse the National Mining Association’s (NMA) CORESafety initiative. According to a press release, the initiative is an industry-wide partnership built on a foundation of leadership, culture and health and safety systems with the goal of zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in rate of injuries in five years.

Established by NMA and used by more than 35 member companies of the association, the initiative utilizes a management system that provides organizational competencies defined in 20 modules. Each module includes performance expectations and timelines to ensure steady progress toward the goal of zero fatalities.

SME says the CORESafety system is customized to mining and is based on successful plan-do-check-act safety and health management systems used in other industries.

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