a pile of cash

No Talks Before Civil Penalties Proposed, MSHA Says

A new policy has been implemented by MSHA that clarifies how settlement conferences are scheduled between cited mine operators and MSHA personnel. Saying the policy improves efficiency for MSHA, the agency now will schedule a conference after civil penalties have been proposed and the operator has filed a notice that it intends to contest the penalties or the cited violations. In addition, specially trained conference and litigation representatives will have primary responsibility for resolving the contested violations and their associated penalties at the same time.

"This procedural change will greatly increase efficiency in our system," Michael A. Davis, MSHA's deputy assistant secretary for operations, said in a news release. "We consider this a positive change to address the increased number of contested cases."

The agency said it made the change because the number of contested enforcement actions has increased more than sixfold in the past three years. In 2005, only 7,000 of the 117,000 citations issued by MSHA inspectors were contested.

The agency issued a March 27 Procedure Instruction Letter informing MSHA personnel who conduct and manage enforcement conferences about the change.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • EHS Management Software Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2021

    March 2021

    Featuring:

    • EMPLOYEE TESTING
      The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Testing
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Building a Comprehensive Floor Safety Strategy
    • GAS DETECTION
      Gas Hazards and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    View This Issue