CORESafety Framework System

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Introduction to the 20 Modules

The CORESafety® Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) involves 20 modules with suggested timelines for completion. The modules and timelines were developed by mine safety professionals specifically for U.S. mining as a pathway to achieve zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the injury rate within five years (0:50:5). While CORESafety provides a common roadmap and a common language to achieve 0:50:5, it does not specify the details of each company’s system. Rather, company systems should be designed to be functionally equivalent to the CORESafety HSMS taking into consideration each company’s unique operations, management structure and culture.


Leadership Development

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Identifying and developing employees in leadership positions or with leadership potential who can:

  • Influence safety and health performance improvement.
  • Positively and knowingly affect safety culture.
  • Help the organization achieve the 0:50:5 objective.

Responsibility & Accountability

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This module includes:

  • Setting appropriate safety and health goals.
  • Assuring all employees understand their safety and health management roles and responsibilities.
  • Providing sufficient resources.
  • Employing appropriate tools to measure and review for continuous improvement.
  • Applying positive and negative consequences relative to performance against responsibilities.

Management System Coordination

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This module includes:

  • Assigning responsibility for development and management of the CORESafety safety and health management system (System Leader).
  • Integrating CORESafety into other company systems such as mine planning, operations, maintenance, contract management, human resources, information technology and others.

Fatality Prevention/Risk Mgmt.

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This module includes:

  • Identifying and reviewing all safety and health hazards.
  • Assessing and prioritizing risks associated with those hazards, emphasizing risks that could have catastrophic, including fatal, consequences.
  • Applying controls systematically.
  • Verifying controls remain effective over time.

Training & Competence

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This module includes:

  • Assessing training needs based on level, knowledge and skills required for each task.
  • Ensuring workers know how to do their jobs.
  • Ensuring workers know the hazards and risks of their assigned tasks.
  • Verifying worker competency through demonstrations.

Emergency Planning & Response

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Culture Enhancement

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Collaboration & Communication

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This module includes:

  • Fostering effective two-way communication and involvement among all employees in safety and health decision making and problem solving.
  • Ensuring that all relevant safety and health information is shared through open, transparent and frequent communications.

Reinforcement & Recognition

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Resources & Planning

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Change Management

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This module includes:

  • Identifying changes in the organization and at the operation that may introduce new risk or increase unacceptable risk by proactively looking for and controlling change at every level of the organization and across functional areas, including emergency management.

Work Procedures & Permits

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Integrating safety and health into operations and maintenance by:

  • Organizing and conducting work in a predictable manner.
  • Specifying ways to carry out an activity or process.
  • Using more controlled procedures for those activities or processes that are high risk or require a permit.

Occupational Health

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Treating health on par with safety by:

  • Anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling occupational health hazards leading to illness.
  • Applying appropriate new technologies, with an emphasis on exposure assessment and medical surveillance.

Incident Reporting & Investigation

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Behavior Optimization

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Safety & Health Management Assurance

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This module includes:

  • Implementing a process to assure internal and external stakeholders of the adequate structure, fitness and effectiveness of the safety and health management system.
  • Ensuring management using assurance information to determine how to improve the safety and health management system.
  • Providing for corrective action and continual improvement based on senior management direction.

Documentation & Information Management

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Engineering & Construction

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This module includes:

  • Designing, procuring, constructing and commissioning new mines, facilities and modifications to existing facilities to promote good safety and health performance throughout the operational life of the facility.
  • Integrating the "hierarchy of controls" and good design principles to minimize new mine, facility or modification risk to the lowest level reasonably achievable.

Contractor Management & Purchasing

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This module includes:

  • Ensuring all company-sponsored project proposals include safety and health management criteria or requirements.
  • Pre-screening contractors for acceptable safety and health management experience, qualifications and procedures.
  • Ensuring all contractors and third parties are aware of your organization's safety and health management requirements and expectations.
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