As part of the new directives from MSHA that are going into effect starting June 2nd, 2018, all metal and non-metal mines are required to have a competent, responsible individual inspect a workplace every work shift, a responsible individual must examine the work environment, checking for health and safety hazards. If any hazards are found, action to fix the problem must be taken immediately. Miners on the site must be notified of hazards that are not corrected before the miners are exposed to them. If there are conditions that may cause imminent danger to anyone in the mine, the area must be evacuated until the hazard is gone.
Prior to the end of the shift, the person who performed the examination must document it. The record of the examination must include the name of the examiner, the date it occurred, the areas that were examined, and a description of any hazards that were not corrected right away. The date that the hazard was corrected should also be included in the record. These records must be made accessible to MSHA and miners’ representatives, and a copy must be given to them if needed.
Here are a few helpful tips about the examination record:
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