MSHA published a final 2018 Workplace Examinations Rule today, April 9, 2018. NSSGA’s preliminary analysis is that the final rule, which goes into effect on June 2, codifies the relatively positive changes proposed in September 2017.

The rule broadens the time in which a competent person could conduct workplace exams from just before the shift to “as work begins.” It also reduces the percentage of hazards found during exams that warrant documentation to just those hazards that cannot be “promptly” abated. MSHA defined “promptly” as “before miners are potentially exposed to adverse conditions.”   Click here to read more…

Credit:  Joseph Casper, Vice President of Safety Services / NSSGA

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