2021  Inspect and examine your workplace before starting work. Or know before you go.

If you area mine operator you know that the Mine Safety Health Act (MSHA) requires a workplace exam to be conducted before employees start their day.  30 CFR 56.18002 requires mine operators to not only conduct when workplace exam but to keep a record of these inspections.  Makes sense.

But, did you know the MSH Act requires independent contractors to conduct a workplace exam. And, if the independent contractor fails to conduct a workplace exam it is subject to an MSHA noncompliance violation citation. But so too is the mine operator.  BTW, MSHA citations for failing to comply with this mandatory safety regulation are “significant and substantial” or S & S’s.  These are expensive fines.

So, if you are a mine operator with independent contractors working on your mine site you must make sure the contractor is conducting its own workplace exam in addition to you, the mine operator.

The moral of the story, know before you go