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Mining Project: An Analysis of Health and Safety Management Systems in Mining

Project DetailValue
Principal Investigators
  • Dana Reinke Willmer, NIOSH/OMSHR, 412-386-5348
Start Date7/1/2011
Purpose

The objective of this pilot project was to identify leading indicators in health and safety management practices unique to the mining industry and compare them against the leading indicators of mature occupational health and safety programs.

Program Area
Keywordseffectiveness research, mining, safety climate

Research Summary

As mining companies build or refine their current health and safety management systems (HSMS) programs, examples of the current state of the U.S. industry’s efforts as well as comparison to research on leading indicators of occupational safety and health performance can serve to assist the industry in measuring its current approach against more mature HSMS programs. Jonathan Bennett et al. found six indicators, and their accompanying attributes could be used to assess the current state of a company’s practices and/or as part of a regular system review of a formal HSMS (2005). This pilot research project applied Bennett’s model of leading occupational safety and health (OSH) indicators in an analysis of health and safety management practices for a sample of U.S. mining organizations.

The specific aims of this project were:

  1. Determine leading indicators of health and safety management practices in mining using Jonathan Bennett’s model.
  2. Identify characteristics of health and safety management practices and the outputs expected from those practices in mining, determine the relationship between the practices and outputs, and use that to develop an economic case for the effectiveness of HSMS in reducing illness and injuries rates in the mining industry.
 

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