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Compliance Guides

  Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD)
Contest Guidelines
The Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD) exercise contest guidelines provide for the development of MERD exercises that will fulfill the requirements of a mine rescue contest for the purpose of 30 C.F.R. §49.60. A local mine rescue contest is training that provides an objective evaluation of demonstrated mine rescue team skills and can be a MERD exercise or a practical simulation exercise, such as a fire or explosion drill, where the team participates in simulated mine rescue team exercises and wears breathing apparatus.
  Questions and Answers
On MSHA'S Program Policy Letter (PPL) (P13-V-12) regarding the Examination, Evaluation, and Effectiveness of Bleeder Systems
  Questions and Answers
On MSHA'S Program Policy Letter (PPL) (P11-V-13) on Post-Accident Two-Way Communications and Electronic Tracking Requirements of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act)

Questions and Answers
for MSHA's Final Rule On Conveyor Belt, Fire Prevention And Detection, And Use Of Air From The Belt Entry
Questions and Answers
for Final Rule On Refuge Alternatives

Questions and Answers
for Sealing Abandoned Areas in Underground Coal Mines; Final Rule

 Questions and Answers (Revised June 2008)
for Mine Rescue Teams; Final Rule
The Mine Rescue Teams Final Rule was effective on February 8, 2008. MSHA held five stakeholder meetings across the country to discuss the final rule. This compliance guide was developed to address questions and comments received during those meetings. An optional form which operators may use to certify annually that each team meets the requirements of 30 CFR part 49 Subpart B is also available. For more information contact Mike Kalich at kalich.michael@dol.gov or call 202-693-9714.

   See Form

MSHA has developed an Instructor Guide (IG-110); "Responding to a Mine Emergency" specifically designed to assist in developing a training program that meets the requirements of 30 CFR Part 75.1501(a)(2). The IG is organized into 11 sections, corresponding with the topics listed in Part 75.1501(a)(2). To assist in making the training appropriate for each mine, each section lists recommended site-specific materials that should be used in developing an effective program, tailored to your operation.

   See IG-110

The Mine Rescue Teams Final Rule was effective on February 8, 2008. MSHA held five stakeholder meetings across the country to discuss the final rule. This power point was developed for use at stakeholder meetings. This is not a stand-alone document. Please consult the final rule and other guidance documents for compliance information. For more information contact Mike Kalich at kalich.michael@dol.gov or call 202-693-9714.

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 Questions and Answers
for Emergency Mine Evacuation; Final Rule

Compliance Guide
for Tree Cutting Activities
 
Compliance Guide
for Mine Emergencies under New §§ 75.1501 and 75.1502
 
Compliance Guide
for MSHA's Safety Standards for the Use of Belt Entry As an Intake Air Course to Ventilate Working Sections and Areas Where Mechanized Mining Equipment is Being Installed or Removed
 
Compliance Guide
Part 6, "Testing And Evaluation By Independent Laboratories and
Non-MSHA Product Safety Standards"
 
Compliance Guide
HazCom 30 CFR Part 47
 
Compliance Guide
HazCom 30 CFR Part 47
Telling Miners About Chemical Hazards
 
Compliance Guide
For High-Voltage Longwall Regulations 30 C.F.R. Parts 18 and 75
 
Compliance Guide
To MSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure Standard

Compliance Guide
For MSHA's Modified Regulations on Training and Retraining of Miners

Compliance Guide
For MSHA's Part 46 Training Regulations
Training and Retraining of Miners Engaged in Shell Dredging or Employed at Sand, Gravel, Surface Stone, Surface Clay, Colloidal Phosphate, or Surface Limestone Mines - Version 3 - Published May 28, 2001.

We developed this guide to provide information to the surface nonmetal mining community about the new Part 46 training regulations. This is the third edition of this Compliance Guide. We have added additional questions and answers based on questions we have received since the release of the first guide.

We (MSHA) also wrote this Compliance Guideline in the more personal style advocated by the President's executive order on "Plain Language." In this guideline "you" refers to the mine operator and independent contractor, and "we" and "us" refer to MSHA.
Compliance Guide
For Regulations on Diesel-Powered Equipment Used in Underground Coal Mines

Compliance Guide II
For Regulations on Diesel-Powered Equipment Used in Underground Coal Mines
This is a supplement to the Compliance Guide issued October of 1997
Compliance Guide
for Metal And Nonmetal Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) Standard
This document is presented in a question and answer format with the questions asked from the perspective of the mine operator. The terms "standard" and "rule" are interchangeable and mean the same thing in this guide.
Compliance Guide
for Slope and Shaft Sinking Plans - 30 CFR Part 77.1900
Developing a Comprehensive Slope and Shaft Sinking Plan
eLaws Advisors

  The Mine Safety and Health Administration works to protect the health and safety of workers in America's mines by administering the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and enforcing compliance with mandatory safety and health standards. MSHA has developed certain on-line advisors which will help provide compliance assistance. Links to these advisors are provided below. These advisors are hosted by DOL's web site.
  • MSHA Online Forms Advisor - Helps mine operators and others in the mining industry understand and fulfill their filing requirements.


  • MSHA Fire Suppression and Fire Protection Advisor - Helps mine operators determine minimum fire protection requirements for electrical and diesel equipment.


  • MSHA Training Plan Advisor - Helps mine operators develop training plans based on the information required by federal regulations.


  • Drug-Free Workplace Advisor - Helps employers build tailored drug-free workplace policies and programs and provides information about coverage and requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.