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MSHA News Release No. 2000-0222
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Electronic System for Filing Miner Training Plans Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has developed an electronic filing system that enables mine operators who are required to have a part 48 training plan to prepare and submit such plans via MSHA's home page (www.msha.gov). According to federal regulations, mine operators must have an MSHA-approved plan for training new miners, experienced miners who are newly employed by a mine operation, and miners undertaking new tasks. Annual refresher courses and hazard training also are required.

"The widespread use of computers and the availability of communication links gives mine operators yet another avenue for preparing and filing their training plans," said Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. " Electronic preparation has many advantages. The online instructions are user-friendly, allowing mine operators to develop and maintain records that are consistent in format and design and easier to complete, update or revise."

> The electronic filing mechanism includes an introduction to the system, general requirements, step-by-step instructions and links to other helpful resources, such as federal regulations, policy issues and training products available from the Mine Health and Safety Academy.

Mine operators can select specific teaching methods, course materials and evaluation techniques from a list of program modules. All that's necessary to access the system is a mine or contractor identification number (ID). A temporary number will be generated for organizations without an ID.

MSHA also is developing a Part 46 electronic training plan for release in the near future. Part 46 regulations become effective in October 2000.

The electronic training plan system is available at http://www.msha.govhttp://www.dol.gov/elaws/msha_train.htm.