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United States Department of Labor


RIN: 1219-AB37

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Revising Electrical Product Approval Regulations

Abstract: 30 CFR part 18 (Electric Motor-Driven Mine Equipment and Accessories) describes the approval requirements for electrically operated machines and accessories intended for use in underground gassy mines, and for related matters, such as approval procedures, certification of components, and acceptance of flame-resistant hoses and conveyor belts. Aside from minor modifications, part 18 has been largely unchanged since it was promulgated in 1968. MSHA is proposing revisions to improve the efficiency of the approval process, recognize new technology, add quality assurance provisions, address existing policies through the rulemaking process, and reorganize portions of the approval regulations. MSHA will be addressing the requirements in this part in phases. The first phase, Flame-Resistance Testing of Mining Materials, was completed with the final rule published on December 31, 2008 (73 FR 80580). The second phase will be Intrinsic Safety Requirements. This action will be published second because the MINER Act required underground coal mine operators to submit an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that sets forth a means of providing post-accident communication and electronic tracking.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 7; 30 CFR 17 to 18; 30 CFR 22 to 23; 30 CFR 27; 30 CFR 14; ... (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 30 USC 957

Legal Deadline: None




FR Cite

NPRM (Phase 1)


73 FR 35026

NPRM Comment Period End



Final Action--Phase 1


73 FR 80580

NPRM--Phase 2 Intrinsic Safety Requirements



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Information URL:

Public Comment URL:

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Patricia W. Silvey
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Room 631, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441