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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
MSHA launches fire suppression system initiative
Recent incidents involving truck fires at mining sites led to MSHA’s launch of a fire suppression system initiative. The agency will target employer education and direct inspectors to prioritize these systems in future visits. Additionally, MSHA prepared a PowerPoint training and checklist on the topic. MORE
Studies, resources, trends, news
Tips on retaining employee knowledge
As baby boomers are retiring, valuable knowledge and skills are walking out the door of many companies. EHS Today posted an article explaining that companies can help retain this knowledge by establishing mentorship relationships, asking experts to conduct training, overlap outgoing and incoming staff and encouraging lots of documentation. MORE
Connected vehicle deployments could save lives
The U.S. Department of Transportation presented on connected technology in vehicles during the 2018 National Safety Congress, claiming that connected vehicles could reduce crashed by 80 percent. Connected technology means that vehicles would be able to communicate with each other to help avoid accidents. Current warning features being tested include red light violation, curve speed, work zone and pedestrian in crosswalk. MORE
Tips on monitoring for respiratory hazards
Respiratory protection consistently falls on OSHA’s top 10 citations list and OH&S Magazine posted an article providing tips for testing. The article lists examples of airborne materials and thoroughly explains sampling processes for each one. MORE
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