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DOL/MSHA News Release
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9425

Released Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Mine Safety Information Now E-Mailed to Computer Users
Agency also upgrading Web site to receive required documents electronically


ARLINGTON, Va.- Computer users who need mine safety and health information from the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can now have certain documents sent directly to their e-mail address through the use of a newly established service on the agency's Web site at www.msha.gov.

"The sharing of critical information among the mining community is important to improving the health and safety of working miners," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "This service allows individuals to obtain vital mine safety and health information in a much quicker manner than conventional means and helps toward our goal of sending every miner home safe and healthy after each shift."

MSHA's new electronic mailing list will provide interested users a notification sent by e-mail from the agency to their specified e-mail address. Items sent will include newly available fatalgrams and safety alerts, press releases and other mine safety and health information along with a link to the newly posted material. The user may then access the e-mail and click the link to review or download the information.

Interested users should access the subscription page on the agency's Web site under "quick links" or from the "news room" page under "MSHA's mailing list." Users will then see separate categories of information for which they may select "subscribe" if they wish to receive that type of document from the agency. An e-mail address must be provided. Upon completing the process, users will receive a single e-mail notifying them of their subscriptions.

Beginning Oct. 3, 2003, mining companies under MSHA's regulatory authority will be able to file nine of the more commonly used and required forms through the agency's Web site. Forms such as those requiring injury information, employee work hours, and for requesting a new mine identification number, among others, may soon be filed with the agency electronically. Details on use of this service will be provided prior to the launch date.