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On December 27, 2013, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a notice in the Federal Register to inform the public that the Agency has revised the instruction guides prescribed for advanced mine rescue team training for coal mine rescue teams. The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 requires MSHA to update these criteria every 5 years.

On September 24, 2013, MSHA published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on revised instruction guides for coal mine rescue team training. The comments received were considered in development of the revised instruction guides.

Mine operators must certify the qualifications of coal mine rescue teams annually under the criteria at 30 CFR 49.50. One of the criteria for certifying the qualifications of a coal mine rescue team is that team members are properly trained annually. MSHA has updated the prescribed instruction guides to provide improved advanced mine rescue training for coal mine rescue teams. Revised Instruction Guide IG7 “Advanced Mine Rescue Training – Coal Mines” continues to include best practices, handouts, visuals, and text materials for the classroom. New Instruction Guide IG7a “Advanced Skills Training (AST) – Activities for Coal Mine Rescue Teams” includes activities and exercises moved from existing Instruction Guide IG7 and additional exercises to provide more hands-on skills training to improve team performance when responding to a mine emergency.

The Federal Register notice is available via this link. The revised instruction guides are posted on www.regulations.gov and on the Agency’s website at http://www.msha.gov/MineRescue/Training/TeamTraining.asp.