US safety leaders form alliance

“FOR too long we have tried to achieve the same goal by pursuing a separate agenda rather than sharing our knowledge for the common good,” Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA) president David Young said on the announcement his organization will join with Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association in a mine safety alliance.

Angie Tomlinson

BCOA, NMA and MSHA agreed on Tuesday this week to form a cooperative alliance to foster increased safety and health among workers in the U.S. mining industry.

Under the agreement, the three groups will partner to promote safer working conditions for miners by collaborating on special safety and health initiatives and by sharing best practices on effective approaches to controlling safety and health hazards.

The organizations will work together to achieve education and training goals through active participation in mining-related workshops, round-table discussions and other forums. The groups plan to work to raise awareness and demonstrate organizational commitment to miners by embracing safety and health as key values and promoting that commitment in public statements, presentations and addresses to other groups.

The NMA is a national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media. The BCOA represents its members in collective bargaining with the United Mine Workers of America. The BCOA also represents its members before Congress and the executive branch on coal mine health and safety and on retiree health and pension issues.