SME Issues Health & Safety White Papers

The Health and Safety Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has issued two white papers authored by industry specialists who share their knowledge, experience and commitment to enhancing health and safety best practices in the workplace.

  • The Great Swindles, Scams and Myths in Safety, by Corrie Pitzer. The author studies several organizations that have suffered unexpected disasters, examines their corporate approach to safety, and offers characteristics that can perhaps be delineated.
  • Safety 7.0 – Seven Golden Rules to Vision Zero, by Helmut Ehnes. This paper looks at success stories, efficient production, and new and traditional safety practices. It also explains what the number 0 stands for and the meaning of the number 7.

“We are committed to the issues of miner safety and health and are pleased to add these papers to our library of industry offerings for members and nonmembers alike,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “One of the reasons the Health & Safety Division was created was to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information for the advancement of health and safety best practices. These compelling white papers are an example of that commitment.”

The SME Health & Safety Division provides the latest in health and safety developments, legislation and best practices. To download these two free white papers, visit

SME is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 members represent all professions serving the mining, minerals and underground construction industries in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide minerals community through information exchange and professional development.