Train derailments spur health notice from MSHA

By |  March 8, 2023

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The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) issued a health and safety alert in the wake of recent train derailments and chemical spills, including several incidents on mine sites.

According to MSHA, miners working with and around chemicals can be exposed to hazards that result in injuries or illnesses from exposure. Safe handling of chemicals, however, can prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses.

The agency stresses a number of best practices for operators, including storing hazardous, flammable and combustible materials in a manner that minimizes dangers to miners. Also, MSHA advises operators to warn against potential hazards, caution against unsafe practices and provide instructions on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Operators are also advised to provide miners with PPE such as gloves, safety glasses or goggles, and NIOSH-approved respirators when applicable. Additionally, MSHA says operators should train miners on working with or near chemical hazards and performing appropriate emergency response procedures. Miners should also be provided with a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they may be exposed to during work, the agency says.

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