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MSHA News Release No. 98-0114
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Thursday, January 14, 1998

MSHA Now Accepting Required Data from Coal Mine Operators Over the Internet

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently set up a new service which gives mine operators and independent contractors the option to electronically file employment and coal production information over the World Wide Web.

Federal mining regulations require mine operators and contractors to submit information on employment and coal production to MSHA on a quarterly basis, using specific forms provided by MSHA. As of Jan. 2, the form may be completed and submitted electronically to MSHA directly over the Internet using MSHA's homepage at http://www.msha.gov under "Forms" or through the Department of Labor's homepage at http://www.dol.gov under "elaws." Users are prompted to follow instructions provided on the screen.

"This new service will remove some of the 'red tape' encountered in complying with many government regulations and will allow mine operators to focus more effort on preventing accidents and injuries at their work place," said Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

The system guides mine operators and contractors through the reporting process, taking into consideration the type of mining operation reporting. The system advises users to print a copy of the completed form, MSHA Form 7000-2, for company files. This copy will document compliance on the part of the participating mine operator with MSHA reporting requirements. Companies filing electronically will also receive electronic mail (e-mail) confirmation that the required information has been received by MSHA.

Currently, the system is designed for initial filings of required information only. Amended filings that correct information previously filed must continue to be mailed to OIEI, PO Box 25367, Denver, Colo., or telefaxed to (888) 231-5515. As in the past, initial filings may also be filed through the mail or by telefax.

MSHA will continue development of electronic filing systems and will develop a similar system for submission of the Mine Accident, Injury, and Illness Report (MSHA Form 7000-1) later in 1998. For further information on electronic filing of required MSHA data, contact Jay Mattos at MSHA in Arlington, Va., on 703-235-8378 or through e-mail to Mattos.Jay@dol.gov.

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