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The following "Best Practices" have been developed by a volunteer team of stakeholders who have been asked to identify one safety and one health best practice with an effective implementation method for each. These best practices are practical solutions to problems and are currently being used by stakeholders.

The Best Practice team consists of four members. The team leader represents the mining operation who won the Sentinels of Safety in that commodity. The MSHA District of the Sentinel of Safety winner would select the three additional team members. These team members would be selected based on their improvement in injury incidence rates during the past year and represent small, medium and large-sized operations, respectively. The goal of these "Best Practice Teams" is to share their secrets for success with the mining industry at large. The first set of Best Practices was developed under a pilot program by a team formed from the quarry industry.

A separate part of this page contains links to mining companies willing to share their safety and health information with other stakeholders. We encourage companies with the expertise to share information with smaller mining companies to create a safer and healthier work environment.

Best Practices
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  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Adding Pipeline on a Dredge

  • Building A Safety Culture
  • Can You See What You're Breathing?

  • Changing Screening

  • Cold Weather Hazards

  • Contractors are Miners, Too

  • Ensure A Healthy Workplace
  • Fatigue

  • Handling Caustic Soda
  • Haulage Road Housekeeping

  • Heat Stress - Summer Alert
  • Improving Your Pre-shift Inspection
  • Is that Cell Phone conversation worth the Price?
  • Keeping the Truck Driver in the Cab
  • Maintaining the Bank Edge

  • Mentoring
  • Mounting and Dismounting Equipment

  • Noise Reduction in the Cab

  • Open Pit Traffic Control

  • Oxygen-Acetylene Cutting Operations
  • Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

  • Recognizing Work Zones
  • Red Flags of Substance Abuse
  • Reducing Silica Exposure
  • Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs
  • Substance Abuse
  • Support the IRS (Increased Roof Support)
  • Suspended Loads
  • Underground Air Quality

  • Wellness
  • Windshield Access
  • Workboat Safety

  • Safety Something YOU can live with!