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MSHA announces upgraded Mine Data Retrieval System

System offers tools to help operators monitor compliance with MSHA regs

Posted June 14, 2019

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it has completed a major upgrade to its primary data system – the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) – which it says provides increased functionality and more intuitive navigation.

The MDRS offers a variety of tools to help operators monitor their compliance with MSHA regulations. It provides access to comprehensive mine location, status, ownership, employment, production, accident/inspection/violations history, and health sampling data.

MSHA notes that all the standard reports previously provided are still available, but now MSHA-wide statistical reports providing real-time data also are tied to the MDRS. The new system also provides advanced search capabilities where users can select entire industries, multiple mines, and ownership groups. The platform also allows users to export datasets into Excel or PDF for further analysis.

The upgrade was guided in part by input from stakeholders, including mine operators and associations, and has been in the works for over a year. MSHA says it will continue to seek feedback and improve the MDRS.

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