Non-MSHA Product Safety Standards
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MSHA promulgated a regulation in June 2003 under 30 CFR Part 6 titled "Testing and Evaluation by Independent Laboratories and Non-MSHA Product Safety Standards".
This regulation includes two main components:
- It permits MSHA to accept testing and evaluation by independent laboratories in lieu of MSHA performing their own testing and evaluation.
- It permits MSHA to approve mining products designed to non-MSHA product safety standards provided MSHA determines that the standard(s) provides at least the same degree of protection as MSHA requirements or can be modified to provide at least the same degree of protection.
This is a single source page for documents and resources related to this rule to assist potential MSHA Approval applicants in taking full advantage of this regulation.
Rules and Regulations
30 CFR Part 6 - Testing and Evaluation by Independent Laboratories and Non-MSHA Product Safety Standards
06-4391 - Evaluation of International Electrotechnical Commission's Standards for Explosion-Proof Enclosures
Federal Register notice of intent to review international (IEC) standards for equivalency to MSHA's product approval requirements
Compliance Assistance Materials
Compliance GuideA Guide to Part 6- Testing and Evaluation by Independent Laboratories and Non-MSHA Product Safety Standards Processing MSHA Part 6 Applications for MSHA Applicants and Independent Laboratories (ASOP2024)Procedures for MSHA applicants and independent laboratories to follow when having products evaluated to the MSHA requirements under 30 CFR Part 6. List of Independent LaboratoriesA list of independent laboratories that have tested equipment under the concepts of Part 6. Powerpoint PresentationsPowerpoint presentations that were given at the Approval and Certification Center during a Part 6 Workshop on September 9, 2004. Report of InvestigationPart 6 Equivalency Review and Comparison: MSHA and IEC Explosion-proof Enclosure Standards
For General Part 6 Information:
For information regarding explosion-proof equipment:
Sarah Dragonetti, (304) 547-2308, Dragonetti.Sarah@dol.gov
Robert Holubeck, (304) 547-2088, Holubeck.Robert@dol.gov
For information regarding intrinsically safe equipment:
Frank J. Prebeg, (304) 547-2023 Prebeg.Frank@dol.gov
Kevin Hedrick, (304) 547-2018 Hedrick.Kevin@dol.gov