MSHA - Code of Federal Regulations - 30 CFR 49.50
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30 CFR § 49.50

Certification of coal mine rescue teams.


    (a) For each mine rescue team designated to provide mine rescue coverage at an underground coal mine, the mine operator shall send the District Manager an annual statement certifying that each team meets the requirements of this subpart as listed in the following Table 49.50-A and Table 49.50-B.
    (b) The operator shall notify the District Manager within 60 days of any change in team membership.

Table 49.50-A.--Initial Criteria To Certify the Qualifications of Mine
                              Rescue Teams
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               Qualification                      Criteria  (30 CFR)
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(1) Team is available at all times when      49.12(a); 49.12(g)
 miners are underground.
(2) Except where alternative compliance is   49.12(b)
 permitted, team has five members and one
 alternate.
(3) Members have experience working in an    49.12(c)
 underground coal mine.
(4) Team is available within 1-hour ground   49.12(f)
 travel time from the mine rescue station
 to the mine.
(5) Appropriate mine rescue equipment is     49.16
 provided, inspected, tested, and
 maintained.
(6) Members are physically fit.............  49.17
(7) Members have completed initial training  49.18(a)
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      Table 49.50-B.--Annual Criteria To Maintain Mine Rescue Team
                              Certification
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               Qualification                      Criteria  (30 CFR)
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(1) Members are properly trained annually..  49.18(b)
(2) Members are familiar with the            49.20(a)(1)
 operations of each covered mine.
(3) Members participate in at least two      49.20(a)(2)
 local mine rescue contests annually.
 Judges certify results.
(4) Members participate in mine rescue       49.20(b)(1);
 training at each covered mine.               49.20(b)(2)(iii);
                                              49.20(b)(3)(ii);
                                              49.20(b)(4)
(5) Members are knowledgeable about the      49.20(b)(2)(ii);
 operations and ventilation of each covered   49.20(b)(3)(i); 49.30
 mine.
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