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DOL/MSHA News Release
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (202) 693-9423


Released Tuesday, July 16, 2002

News Release

MSHA Announces Roll-Out Meetings for New HazCom Regulation

WASHINGTON -- The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has scheduled 15 national informational meetings in July and August to help the mining industry comply with the new Hazard Communication (HazCom) rule. The standard becomes effective on Sept. 23, 2002 for mines with more than five miners and March 21, 2003 for mines with five or fewer employees.

"Compliance assistance is an integral part of our plan to get to the next level of safety and health performance in the mining industry," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "With the introduction of this new regulation to the industry, MSHA is committed to providing compliance assistance to every mine operator who requests it."

Among the other forms of assistance being made available to the mining community are: a detailed, readable guide to understanding HazCom; PowerPoint presentations; and compliance assistance training during every mine's first inspection following publication of the final rule. A self-paced, interactive guide that will explain all sections of the regulation through MSHA's web site at www.msha.gov also is under development.

Each informational meeting will cover the content of the HazCom regulation and its enforcement policies. In addition, compliance and training specialists will assist mine operators in designing and tailoring a HazCom program that is specifically geared to their operation. (Schedule of meetings attached.)

MSHA's HazCom standard requires mine operators to assess the hazards of chemicals on mine property and provide miners with information and training on these hazards.