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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB75 Publication ID: Spring 2011
Title: Examination of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards
Abstract: In the ever changing mine environment, it is critical that hazardous conditions be recognized and abated quickly. Additionally, other conditions that could develop into a hazard if left uncorrected must also be eliminated. Operator examinations for hazards and violations of mandatory health or safety standards are mandated in the Mine Act and are a critical component of an effective safety and health program for underground mines. While this requirement was previously included in regulations, the 1992 final rule addressing ventilation in underground coal mines only included the requirement that the mine examiners look for hazardous conditions. The 1992 rule omitted from the standard the text taken from the Mine Act requiring examinations for violations of mandatory safety or health standards. Therefore, MSHA will be revising existing standards for preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations to address violations of mandatory health or safety standards. This will complement the proposed rule concerning Safety and Health Management Programs for Mines (1219-AB71).
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811; 30 USC 961
Legal Deadline: None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 12/27/2010 75 FR 81165
NPRM Comment Period End 02/25/2011
NPRM Extension of Comment Period 03/01/2011 76 FR 11187
NPRM Extension of Comment Period End 03/28/2011
Public Hearing; Analyze Comments 11/00/2011
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined Government Levels Affected: None
Federalism: No
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB71
Agency Contact:
Roslyn B. Fontaine
Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Department of Labor, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441
Email: fontaine.roslyn@dol.gov