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May 15, 2018

MSHA Final Rule on Examination of Working Places in Mines

Last month, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule regarding the examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. This amends a rule issued in January, 2017.

According to MSHA, the revised rule requires that:

  • A competent person examine each working place for conditions that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners.  The working place must be examined at least once each shift, before work begins or as miners begin work in that place.
  • Promptly initiate appropriate corrective action when adverse conditions are found.
  • Promptly notify miners in affected areas if adverse conditions are found and not corrected before miners are potentially exposed.
  • Withdraw all persons from affected areas when alerted to any conditions that may present an imminent danger, until the danger is abated.
  • Create an examination record before the end of each shift.

The effective date for the ruling is June 2, 2018. There are several opportunities left to attend a stakeholder meeting in person or via teleconference to learn more. For complete details, see MSHA’s announcement here.

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