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DOL/MSHA News Release
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9425

Released Tuesday, September 9, 2003

MSHA, Safety Council Sign Alliance Agreement

CHICAGO -- The Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) today signed an agreement to work together to enhance safety programs for the mining industry. This MSHA Health and Safety partnership is part of Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.

"The mining industry has just achieved its safest two years on record. Under this agreement, MSHA and the NSC will work together to make safety a top priority throughout the mining industry and send more miners home safe at the end of every working day," said Dave D. Lauriski, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, speaking today at the annual National Safety Congress. "This agreement will result in a more focused relationship, with the objective of developing safety and health programs for the mining industry."

"The National Safety Council and the Mine Safety and Health Administration share a passion for doing everything we can to keep mine workers safe and prevent mining accidents," said NSC President Alan McMillan. "Mining can be a hazardous occupation and miners deserve to have the very best knowledge and training about safety and health issues. Through this partnership, the National Safety Council will work closely with MSHA to address the important needs of mine workers and mining companies."

Lauriski signed the new Alliance Agreement with NSC President and CEO Alan C. McMillan in a ceremony following his remarks at the conference's keynote session.

Among other activities under the agreement, MSHA and the NSC will:

In addition, the alliance will enhance the existing relationship between MSHA and the NSC in the "Stay Out-Stay Alive" (SOSA) partnership, which educates young people and their parents about the hazards of playing in and around active or inactive mines. The SOSA partnership, coordinated by MSHA, currently includes about 90 member organizations.

MSHA promotes safety and health in the nation's mines through enforcement, education and training, and technical assistance. The NSC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes. The agreement between MSHA and NSC is the latest such alliance agreement in the mining industry.