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Department of Labor: 2E-06-620-0003

Department of Labor: 2E-06-620-0003

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STUDY OF METAL/NONMETAL MININGENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCEASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES, 1983-2000
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATIONR
EPORT
N
O
.: 2E-06-620-0003D
ATE
I
SSUED
: S
EPTEMBER
26,
 
2001
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTSACRONYMS AND GLOSSARY
..............................................ii
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
..................................................iv
BACKGROUND
...........................................................1
PURPOSE, SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY
....................................2
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Finding A – Enforcement and Compliance Assistance Activities Require GreaterCoordination and Planning.....................................4Recommendations..............................................11Finding B – Proactive Approaches to Enforcement and Compliance AssistanceActivities Help Prevent Injuries/Fatalities.........................13Recommendations..............................................14Finding C – Characteristics of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance ActivitiesCreate Substantial Tradeoffs Among Inspector's Duties..............16Recommendation...............................................18
APPENDICES
Appendix A - Enforcement and Compliance Assistance ActivityCodes and Descriptions....................................20Appendix B - Technical/Methodological Issues..............................25Appendix C - Agency Response..........................................33
 
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ACRONYMS AND GLOSSARYACRONYMSBNA
-Bureau of National Affairs
DOL
-Department of Labor
GAO
-General Accounting Office
GPRA
-Government Performance and Results Act
M/NM
-Metal/Nonmetal
MSHA
-Mine Safety and Health Administration
NFDL
-Non-Fatal Days Lost
OIG
-Office of Inspector General
GLOSSARYFactor Analysis
- Statistical procedure for uncovering a (usually) smaller number of unobservedvariables by studying the covariation among a set of observed variables.
Kernel Density Diagram
- A graph that shows the ordered items from the data plotted on their"density of occurrence." This technique allows for a visual inspection of the distributionof a variable.
Locally Weighted Scatterplot Smoothing
- Technique that allows a researcher to fit a smoothcurve to the data without specifying the shape of the curve beforehand; permitsidentification of trends based on data rather than assumptions.
Partial Regression Plot
- A graph of the independent effect (holding all other variables constant)of an independent variable on a dependent variable in a multiple regression equation.
Pearson's Correlation Coefficient
- Statistic that measures the strength and direction of thelinear correlation between two variables.

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