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Find a mine’s history of key health and safety violations

Over the years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has studied its data to determine the common causes of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. It is evident that the violations of a small number of health and safety standards are responsible for the majority of fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses. MSHA has focused enforcement efforts on these key standards through a series of initiatives. Now, we are making available online tools that will allow anyone to monitor a mine’s compliance with these critical standards. The tools search MSHA’s database for a mine’s recent history of citations and orders in the following four groupings:

Significant and Substantial (S&S) citations and orders.
An S&S designation indicates that the underlying safety or health hazard is likely to result in a serious injury or illness. This tool shows the rate of S&S citations and orders per 100 inspection hours during a certain time period.

Monitoring Tool for Pattern of Violations (POV)
Mine operators can determine whether a mine may be subject to a POV notice by using this online tool. The tool provides a comparison of a mine's enforcement and injury data against the four POV screening criteria.

Rules to Live By standards.
This tool shows a mine's violation rate for the standards most often associated with fatal mining accidents, as identified in MSHA's Rules to Live By initiative. The standards cover underground and surface mines of all types.

To learn more about how to use this tool, please see the one-page introductory guide or this PowerPoint presentation.

Key Underground Coal standards.
This tool calculates a mine's violation rate for 9 key health and safety standards for underground coal mines, as identified in MSHA’s Part 75 Exam Rule requiring examinations and recordkeeping by mine operators. The standards address ventilation, methane, roof control, combustible materials, rock dust, guarding, and other safeguards.

To learn more about how to use this tool, please see the one-page introductory guide or this PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to see the related news release.