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MSHA News Release No. 2000-1017
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Kathrine Snyder/Amy Louviere
Phone: (703) 235-1452


 Released Tuesday, October 17, 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 and independent contractors to prepare training plans via MSHA's home page (www.msha.gov). According to federal regulations, mine operators and contractors 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. They are not obligated, however, to submit their plans to MSHA.

   "This high-tech approach certainly will make it easier for mine operators to prepare their training plans under the new Part 46 regulation, which went into effect this week," said Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations covers approximately 10,000 aggregate operators and 100,000 miners.

   "Electronic preparation has many advantages," said McAteer. "The online instructions are user-friendly, and allow 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.

   Electronic filing capabilities for mine operator and contractor training plans required under Part 48 became available last March.

   The electronic training plan system is available at www.msha.gov. Choose "Forms and Online Filings," followed by "Online Training Plans."