Improving Mine Safety and Health

The safety and health of our workers and colleagues is a core value of the mining industry.

CORESafety®: Committed to Excellence in Mining Safety is an initiative developed and led by the members of the National Mining Association to achieve an aggressive safety goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing mining’s injury rate by 50 percent over the next five years through implementation of safety and health management systems.

Today’s mining companies recognize that continuous performance improvement necessary to achieve the goals of zero fatalities and injuries means going beyond what’s required by regulations.

To accelerate the pace of mine safety improvement, we have taken voluntary steps to implement best practices that encourage a “culture of safety.” Risk assessment processes identify safety controls to eliminate or minimize the impacts of hazards. By identifying and eliminating potential hazards, and deploying state-of-the-art technology, American mining has developed an award-winning safety framework that is bringing more miners home safely after every shift. The CORESafety® system has been endorsed by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and received the 2015 five-star distinction award from the International Safety, Quality and Environment Management Association.

Over the past 15 years, our commitment to safety has led to a 56 percent cut in the rate of injuries in U.S. mines and a 63 percent reduction in the fatal injury rate. More can and will be done.

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Arch Coal and Newmont Among Recipients of Sentinels of Safety Award

The most prestigious award in the mining industry is the Sentinel of Safety award, co-sponsored annually by NMA and the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Twenty American mining operations – six coal mines and 14 mineral/metal mines – were honored with the award... Read More

Improving Mine Safety and Health

Freeport-McMoRan Receives NMA’s CORESafety® Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Freeport-McMoRan’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Freeport-McMoRan joins six other companies in receiving independent certification under NMA’s signature safety initiative. “We congratulate... Read More

Dyno Nobel, Inc. Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Dyno Nobel’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Dyno Nobel Inc., a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification under NMA’s signature... Read More

Coeur Mining Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Coeur Mining, Inc. for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “NMA congratulates Coeur Mining on this noteworthy achievement,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “Coeur has proven it is fully... Read More

Newmont Mining Receives Top Mining Industry Safety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Newmont Mining Corporation for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development... Read More

U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever, Besting Last Year’s Record

Washington, D.C. – 2016 marks the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining – a sign of continuous improvement for an industry that saw a record low the previous year. The... Read More