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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Prescription Medicine

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All
Category: General Safety and Communications


Miners have become ill because they missed taking their regular dosage of prescription medication. Missing these dosages has created complications for mine rescue operations. Missing dosages can also cause miners to become incapacitated during their shift. If a miner becomes incapacitated while operating machinery, they are putting themselves as well as anyone near them at risk of injury or death.

MSHA's Medical Review Officer recommends that miners should keep a week's supply of medications with them, and wear appropriate notification for first responders (Please see: Medical Alert Tip).


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Issued: 12/26/2007
Tag # AP2007- 94239