Monday, October 15, 2012

New MSHA Resource Provides Compliance Assistance for Machine Guarding

To help address the commonly cited violation of improper machine guarding, MSHA has created the "Guarding Machinery at Metal and Nonmetal Mines" compliance assistance resource. The new resources is a sequel to a compliance guide for guarding conveyor belts, MSHA says.

MSHA Administrator Joseph Main says that the new guide will help in three ways, "to improve the mining industry's understanding of good guarding principles; ensure the construction, installation and maintenance of high-quality, effective guards; and improve compliance, inspection and enforcement consistency."