MSHA's new rules for workplace inspections in Metal and non-Metal mines are going into effect on June 2, 2018. A big change is whenthe working conditions must be inspected. The old standards did not specify when this must happen, but the new one states that it must happen before miners begin working.
When these examinations occur is an important part of the new rule. It must be conducted at the beginning of the shift, either right before work begins or as workers start to work. It can’t be conducted to far ahead of time, in case a hazard might occur after the inspection, but before miners start working.
If shifts are consecutive, the examination can be done at the end of the shift (for the workers who are about to start) instead of at the beginning, as long as it happens reasonably close to when the new shift is about to start.
While the presence of an adverse condition does not mean that the workers can’t work there, it is required that they be informed of the condition. This allows them to avoid the hazard.
If a condition may be a danger to the health and safety of the miner, the operator of the mine needs to take steps to correct the problem immediately. “Prompt correction” of a condition that may affect the health and safety of a miner means that it is fixed before the miners are exposed or potentially exposed to it.
If there are other required examinations that need to be done on the work space they can be conducted at the same time as the working place examination as long as it occurs at the beginning of a shift.
While examinations are only required once per shift, work environment within the mine can change quickly. If any dangerous conditions present themselves after the examination is completed, they should still be identified and corrected promptly.
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