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Interpreting MSHA citations through the lens of occupational health and safety management systems: investigating their impact on mine injuries and illnesses 2003-2010.

Authors
Yorio-PL; Willmer-DR; Haight-JM
Source
Risk Anal 2014 Aug; 34(8):1538-1553
NIOSHTIC No.
20043761
Abstract
Since the late 1980s, the U.S. Department of Labor has considered regulating a systems approach to occupational health and safety management. Recently, a health and safety management systems (HSMS) standard has returned to the regulatory agenda of both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Because a mandated standard has implications for both industry and regulating bodies alike, it is imperative to gain a greater understanding of the potential effects that an HSMS regulatory approach can have on establishment-level injuries and illnesses. Through the lens of MSHA's regulatory framework, we first explore how current enforcement activities align with HSMS elements. Using MSHA data for the years 2003-2010, we then analyze the relationship between various types of enforcement activities (e.g., total number of citations, total penalty amount, and HSMS-aligned citations) and mine reportable injuries. Our findings show that the reduction in mine reportable injuries predicted by increases in MSHA enforcement ranges from negligible to 18%. The results suggest that the type and focus of the enforcement activity may be more important for accident reduction than the total number of citations issued and the associated penalty amount.
Keywords
Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-education; Health-programs; Injuries; Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Accidents; Regulations; Author Keywords: Health and safety management systems; public policy; regulatory impact
Contact
Dana R. Willmer, CDC-NIOSH, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, PO Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
RIANDF
Publication Date
20140801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dwillmer@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M022014
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0272-4332
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Risk Analysis
State
PA
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