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Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health
Resource Page

If you operate or work at a coal mine, this page is probably not for you. This page is designed to assist operators and miners working at metal and nonmetal mines. Metal and nonmetal mining is divided into four broad categories: metal, nonmetal, stone, and sand and gravel. These broad categories encompass approximately 80 different commodities that are mined to provide the raw materials for producing items found all around us in our every day lives.
 
Compliance and Policy Updates
Answers to Some FAQ's
  • PPL P14-IV-02 Safety Belts and Lines (30 C.F.R. 56/57.15005)
  • Inspection of Mobile Equipment Parked on Ready Lines
  • 30 CFR § 56.14205 - Machinery, equipment, and tools
  • 30 CFR § 56.9300 - Berms or guardrails
  • 30 CFR § 56.14130(g) - Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts
  • 30 CFR § 56.14207 - Parking procedures for unattended equipment
  • 30 CFR § 56.20011 - Barricades and warning signs
  • 30 CFR § 56.14200 - Warnings prior to starting or moving equipment.
  • Fatality Reviews

    Monthly Fatality Prevention Initiatives

    June 2016

    May 2016

    April 2016

    March 2016

    February 2016

    January 2016

    PLEASE NOTE: The views and conclusions expressed in this program are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing official policy or, in the case of a product, represent endorsement by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

    December 2015

    November 2015

    October 2015

    Close Call & Serious Accidents

    2016

  • Surface - Loader - May 26
  • Surface - Truck - May 19
  • Surface - Truck - May 11
  • Surface - Bin Failure - May 4
  • Surface - Dimension Stone - April 27
  • Plant - Structural - April 20
  • Surface - Dredge - April 13
  • Surface - Conveyor - April 7
  • Surface - Dozer - March 31
  • Surface - Loader - March 24
  • Surface - Haul Truck - March 17
  • Surface - Maintenance Heavy Equipment - March 3
  • Surface - Maintenance Dredge - March 2
  • Underground - Electrical Shock - February 25
  • Underground - Rock Fall - February 18
  • Shop - Falling Hazards - February 10
  • Surface Haul Truck - February 4
  • Maintenance Forklift - January 28
  • Plant Clean Out - January 21
  • Blasting Fly Rock During a Blast- January 12
  • Dozers Always Wear Your Seatbelt - January 2
  • 2015

  • Pipe Installation Stay Clear of Suspended Loads - December 30
  • Power Screen - Safe Access - December 17
  • Mucker - Maintain Control - December 10
  • Conveyor Belt - Lock Out and Tag Out - December 2
  • Roof Bolter Hazardous Ground Conditions - November 25
  • Drilling Rigs Fall Protection - November 19
  • Pipe Installation Proper Equipment - November 10
  • Load Haul Dump Safe Access - October 28
  • Tractor Trailer - Spill Response Plan - October 21
  • Screw Conveyor Lock Out and Tag Out - October 8
  • Haul Truck Safe Access - October 1
  • Structures - Structural Inspections - September 23
  • Drilling Rigs - Seat Belts - September 16
  • Structures - Structural Inspections - September 9
  • Conveyor Belt - Block Belts from Motion - September 2
  • Fork Lifts - Examine Work Place - August 26
  • Structures - Examine Work Place - August 20
  • Dozers - Operating on Extreme Slopes - August 6
  • Conveyor Belt Avoid Moving Machine Parts - July 30
  • Electrical Lock Out Tag Out - July 23
  • Excavators Hazardous Highwalls - July 16
  • Excavators Water Hazard - July 7
  • Mechanical - Release Stored Energy - June 24
  • Highwalls Examine Work Place - June 19
  • Pump Water Platform Water Hazard- June 9
  • Conveyor Belt Examine Work Place - June 3
  • Roof Bolter Hazardous Ground Conditions - May 11
  • Slab Cutting -Safe Access - May 6
  • Excavators Hazardous Highwalls - April 30
  • Near Miss and Serious Nonfatal Accident - Sept. 2013 - Dec. 2014

  • Other Materials

  • Introduction to Mine Ventilating Principles and Practices
  • Powered Haulage Alert
  • Man Lift Hazard Alert
  • Clarification of standards: 30 CFR 56/57.4501; 56/57.14105; 56/57.12016; and 56/57.12017
    PDF Version    Powerpoint Version
  • Pipe Safety
  • Conveyor Startup Fatalities
  • Hazard Alert - Powered Haulage - Don't become the 100th...
  • Best Practices for Tire Repair, Replacement and Maintenance
  • October Fatal Alert
  • Hazard Alert
    Arc Flash Hazard
  • Hazard Alert
    Water-Related Fatalities
  • Program Policy Letter - P14-IV-01
    Reissue of P11-IV-01: Examination of working places (30 CFR §§ 56/57.18002)
  • Hazard Alerts
    A Collection
  • Hazard Alert
    Arc Flash Creates Fireball
  • Hazard Alert
    Workplace Examinations
  • Hazard Alert
    Tasktraining
  • Program Information Bulletin - P10-19
    Realignment of District Mine Inspection Boundaries
  • Program Information Bulletin P13-05
    Realignment of District Mine Inspection Boundaries

  • Guarding
  • Guarding Phase I - Guarding Conveyor Belts at Metal & Nonmetal Mines
    This guide provides compliance information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet current requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administrations (MSHAs) guarding standards addressing conveyor belts.

       - PDF Version
       - Powerpoint Version

  • Guarding Phase II - Guarding Machinery at Metal & Nonmetal Mines
    This guide provides compliance information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet current requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administrations (MSHAs) guarding standards addressing equipment other than conveyor belts.

       - PDF Version
       - Powerpoint Version

  • Federal Register Document 88-19019
    - Safety Standards for Loading, Hauling, and Dumping and Machinery and Equipment at Metal and Nonmetal Mines; Final Rule
  • Ladder Safety Standards
    This guide provides compliance information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet current requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administrations (MSHAs) ladder safety standards.
       - Powerpoint
       - PDF

  • Clarification of standard 57.11050
       - Powerpoint
       - PDF


  •  
    General Information
  • Metal/Nonmetal (M/NM)
  • M/NM Districts
  • Maps to District and Field Offices
  • Address & Telephone Information
  • Part 50 Immediate Notification
  • Hazardous Condition Complaints
  • Data Retrieval System
  • Metal and Nonmetal Program Policy Manual
  • Metal And Nonmetal Health Inspection Procedures
  • 30 CFR Subchapter K Metal and Nonmetal
    Mine Safety and Health
       - Part 56 H&S Standards for Surface M/NM mines
       - Part 57 H&S Standards for Underground
          M/NM mines

       - Part 58 Health Standards for M/NM mines
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    Safety Information
  • Conveyor Belt Safety
       - Safety Poster
       - Alert
  • Explosives Security
  • Cable Fault Testers
  • High Voltage Switch Maintenance
  • Fuel Firing Explosions
  • Drilling with Augers & Jacklegs
  • Safe Use of Hand Held Drills
  • Maintenance & Repair Safety
  • Crane Hoist Safety
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Guarding Conveyor Belts at Metal & Nonmetal Mines
       - PDF Version
       - Powerpoint Version


  • Confined Space Entry Safety
  • Confined Space Entry Safety Spanish
  • Safety Pro in a Box
  • Hazards of Acetylene
  • Fall Protection
       - Fall Danger Alert
       - Chain Alert
  • Winter Safety
  • Haulage Safety
       - Safety Flyer
       - Seat Belts
       - Loader Alert
  • Equipment Hazard Alerts
  • Material Handling
  • Surface Haulage
       - Blind Area Elimination: Video Cameras...
       - Haulage Collision Avoidance
  • Surface Powered Haulage Safety
  •  
    Health Information
  • Operator Survey Requirements Under 30 CFR 56/57.5002
  • MSHA Increased Emphasis on Improved Implementation of Surveys at MNM Mines Presentation
        - Powerpoint Version    PDF Version
  • Procedure Instruction Letter I12-IV-02
  • Metal/Nonmetal Operators Exposure Monitoring Requirements Guidance
  • News Release
  • 5002 Inspector Training
        - Powerpoint Version    PDF Version
  • MSHA 5002 Policy Briefing
        - Powerpoint Version    PDF Version

  • Noise Exposure

       - Noise Emphasis Program

       - MSHA Noise Emphasis Program Inspector Training

       - A Re-Look at Noise Exposure

       - Health Standards for Occupational Noise Exposure Resources Page
  • Asbestos Single Source Page
  • Health Standards
  • Diesel Particulate
  • Toolbox to Reduce Diesel Exposure
  • IG 103 - A Practical Guide to an Occupational Health Program for Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • 2010 Metal/Nonmetal Health Sampling Program
  • NIOSH IC 9521 - Best Practices for Dust Control in Metal/Nonmetal Mining
  • NIOSH IR 9689 - Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing
  • MNM Health Inspection Procedures Manual
  •  
    Accident Prevention Tips by Mine Type
  • Metal Surface
  • Metal Underground
  • Metal Mills
  • Nonmetal Surface
  • Nonmetal Underground
  • Nonmetal Mills
  • Stone Surface
  • Stone Underground
  • Stone Mills
  • Sand and Gravel
  •  
    Risk Assessment & Management
  • SLAM RISKS the Smart Way!
  • Best Practices
  • Safety Aides
  • Job Task Analysis & Training
  • Part 46 Training Assistance
  • Part 46 Q&A's/compliance guide