The Department of Labor is undertaking a detailed and comprehensive review of guidance documents issued by Department agencies to determine whether such guidance aligns with the law and Administration policy and otherwise serves an appropriate and useful purpose. Guidance which is outdated, superseded, invalid, unhelpful, confusing, redundant, outside the Department's appropriate role, or contrary to law or policy is being rescinded or modified. This process is ongoing and this website and agency websites reflect decisions to retain guidance to date. The Department welcomes input from the public regarding guidance that should be retained, rescinded, or modified.
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Executive Order 13891, Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents, was issued by the President on October 9, 2019. To increase public access to and awareness of guidance documents, the Executive Order requires all federal agencies to establish and maintain a single, searchable, indexed database that contains links to all guidance documents.
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Explains the requirements of the Hazard Communication final rule. The rule requires mine operators to evaluate the hazards of chemicals they produce or use and provides information to miners concerning chemical hazards by means of a written hazard communication program; labeling containers of hazardous chemicals; providing access to material safety data sheets; and initial miner training.
Discusses the requirements for maintaining a diesel engine inventory. Coal mine operators who use diesel equipment may now submit required diesel engine inventory information electronically.
Provides guidance regarding MSHA's jurisdiction for tree cutting on mine property.
Temporary Enforcement Policy- Certification Issued by Crane Institute Certification
Addresses frequently asked questions regarding MSHA's Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.
Provides guidance to help mine owners and operators develop their Federally required training plans.
Explains the requirements of the final rule for 30 CFR Part 6, Testing and Evaluation by Independent Laboratories, to help expedite the introduction of technologically advanced products into the mining industry that could contribute to improved miner's safety. The rule permits applicants to seek MSHA approval of their products that are designed to non-MSHA product safety standards, assuming MSHA determines that such standards are equivalent to the applicable product approval requirements or can be modified to provide at least the same degree of protection as those MSHA requirements.
Provides information to the mining community on how to access MSHA forms online or how to complete forms online using the Online Forms Advisor.
Provides important information about mine fire suppression and fire protection. It helps users determine minimum fire protection requirements for electrical and diesel equipment. The Advisor includes links to further detailed regulatory information from the 30 Code Federal Regulations (CFR).