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Mining Program Area: Surveillance


The mission of the Surveillance and Statistics Program is to:

  • Collect and analyze health and safety data related to mining occupations in order to report on the overall incidence, prevalence, and significance of occupational safety and health problems in mining;
  • Describe trends in the incidence of mining-related fatalities, morbidity, and traumatic injury;
  • Conduct surveillance on the use of new technology, engineering controls, and protective equipment in the mining sector;
  • Coordinate surveillance activities with other NIOSH surveillance initiatives;
  • Provide statistical support for surveillance and research activities of the mining program; and
  • Assist in the development of research protocols.


The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research recently conducted the first comprehensive survey of the U.S. mining population in more than 20 years.  The National Survey of the Mining Population captured the current demographic profile of the U.S. mining workforce. Randomly selected mining operations in the coal, metal, nonmetal, stone, and sand and gravel sectors were surveyed.

Two sets of data were collected.  There were questions about the mining operation, including employee training, work schedules, the use of independent contractor employees, and mine communication and safety systems.  The employee questions included demographic and occupational questions about individual employees. The survey sample data were weighted in order to provide national estimates of mine and employee characteristics.

Projects & Contracts

TitlePIsStart DateDescription
Economic Methods and Analyses ProgramLinda McWilliams1/1/2013A project to develop an OMSHR economics program to determine the economic consequences of occupational fatal and non-fatal injury and use that information to improve program planning, intervention evaluation, and policy analysis.
TitleContractorContract/IAG #Start DateDescription
Designing a Statistical Algorithm for Strategic Identification and Development of New Mine Safety Technologies and Technological ApplicationsStanford University200-2014-594489/1/2014A contract to survey the landscape of mine hazards through a lens wide enough to capture all mine operations, fine-grained enough to pinpoint hazards for each specific type of operation, and responsive enough to detect new hazards as they emerge.
TitleContractorContract/IAG #Start DateDescription
Designing a Pilot Program for Strategic Mine Safety and Health Improvements through the Use of Surveillance Data to Guide Targeted Inspection ActivitiesLeland Stanford Junior University200-2009-288202/2/2009A contract to design a pilot program for strategic mine safety and health improvements through the use of surveillance data to guide targeted inspection activities.
Development of a Severe Injury Surveillance System for Hazard Identification and Guiding Technological Interventions University of Arizona200-2008-248585/1/2008A contract to develop a Severe Injury Surveillance System using the Mine Safety and Health Administration's accident/injury/illness database. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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