One year ago, the Mine Safety and Health Administration released our Miner Safety & Health Application to help protect miners’ safety and health — and make it even easier to contact us about a hazard or an emergency.
More than 15,000 people have downloaded the app for quick, easy access to accurate mine safety information, even without a WiFi connection. It’s also available in Spanish, too, if a user’s primary device language is set to Spanish.
Using the app, miners can:
- Receive MSHA accident and fatality alerts
- Browse safety information by topic
- Find resources for protecting their health
- Learn about their rights in the workplace.
- Notify MSHA of a hazardous condition or accident
While the app makes it easier for miners take an active role in mine safety and health, we want to emphasize that it is simply an extra tool. The Mine Act is clear that mine operators have the primary responsibility to maintain safe and healthy working conditions. But through the information available in the app, we want to better prepare miners to recognize and report hazards and understand mining health risks.
“Having the miner app from MSHA available in Spanish provides a valuable resource for the Spanish-speaking membership. Conveniently placing a lot of information in the palm of your hand, like the miner’s rights and a broad library of updated health and safety topics. If you are on an MSHA-regulated site, it is a good idea to download the app and try it for yourself.” — Member of United Steelworkers Local 3657
Tell MSHA what you think
We’ve made improvements over the past year, including expanding the number of safety and health topics, and we’ll continue to update the app to make it even more useful.
We want to hear your ideas about the app, how you’re using it, or what could better help you. You can offer your thoughts and feedback directly to MSHA by emailing us at askMSHA@dol.gov.