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United States Department of Labor


RIN: 1219-AB75

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Examination of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards

Abstract: In the ever changing mine environment, it is critical that hazardous conditions be recognized and abated quickly. Additionally, other conditions that could develop into a hazard if left uncorrected must also be eliminated. Operator examinations for hazards and violations of mandatory health or safety standards are mandated in the Mine Act and are a critical component of an effective safety and health program for underground mines. While this requirement was previously included in regulations, the 1992 final rule addressing ventilation in underground coal mines only included the requirement that the mine examiners look for hazardous conditions. The 1992 rule omitted from the standard the text taken from the Mine Act requiring examinations for violations of mandatory safety or health standards. The reinstitution of this practice of having examiners look for mandatory health or safety standards during MSHA inspections of underground mines. Therefore, MSHA will be revising existing standards for preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations to address violations of mandatory safety or health standards. This will complement the proposed rule concerning Safety and Health Management Programs for Mines (1219-AB71).

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 961

Legal Deadline: None




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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB71

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