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   The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Public Law 91-173, as amended by Public Law 95-164) is provided below solely for historic value. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 was amended on June 15, 2006 by The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-236, as amended by Public Law 109-280). The current statutory provisions for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended by the MINER Act of 2006, are available at www.msha.gov/regs/ACT/MinerAct2006home.asp.

An Act
  • Findings and Purpose

  • Definitions

  • Mines Subject to Act

  • Interim Compliance Panel

  • TITLE I - GENERAL

    MANDATORY SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS

  • Mandatory Safety and Health Standards

  • Advisory Committees

  • Inspections, Investigations, and Record keeping

  • Citations and Orders

  • Procedure for Enforcement

  • Judicial Review

  • Procedures to Counteract Dangerous Conditions

  • Injunctions

  • Posting of Orders and Decisions

  • Penalties

  • Entitlement of Miners

  • Administrative Provisions

  • The Federal Mine Safety and Health Commission

  • Authorization of Appropriations

  • Mandatory Health and Safety Training

  • TITLE II - INTERIM MANDATORY HEALTH STANDARDS

  • Coverage

  • Dust Standard and Respiratory Equipment

  • Medical Examinations

  • Dust From Drilling Rock

  • Dust Standard When Quartz is Present

  • Noise Standard

  • TITLE III - INTERIM
    MANDATORY SAFETY STANDARDS
    FOR UNDERGROUND COAL MINES

  • Coverage

  • Roof Support

  • Ventilation

  • Combustible Materials and Rock Dusting

  • Electrical Equipment - General

  • Trailing Cables

  • Grounding

  • Underground High-Voltage Distribution

  • Underground-Low and Medium-Voltage Alternating Current Circuits

  • Trolley Wires and Trolley Feeder Wires

  • Fire Protection

  • Maps

  • Blasting and Explosives

  • Hoisting and Mantrips

  • Emergency Shelters

  • Communications

  • Miscellaneous

  • Definitions

  • TITLE IV - BLACK LUNG BENEFITS

  • Part A - General

  • Part B - Claims For Benefits filed on or Before December 31, 1972

  • Part C - Claims For Benefits After December 31, 1972

  • TITLE V - ADMINISTRATION

  • Research

  • Training and Education

  • Assistance to States

  • Economic Assistance

  • Inspectors: Qualifications: Training

  • Effect on State Laws

  • Administrative Procedures

  • Regulations

  • Operative Date and Repeal

  • Separability

  • Reports

  • Special Report

  • Jurisdiction; Limitation

  • ADDENDUM

    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS OF THE
    "FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH AMENDMENTS ACT
    OF 1977".

  • Transfer Matters

  • Mine Safety and Health Administration

  • Savings Provision

  • Budget Provision

  • Repealer

  • Effective Date

  • *This document was prepared within the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Mine Health and Safety, Department of the Interior, and reflects changes to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 [Pub. L. 91-173]. The changes are based upon the Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 [Pub. L. 95-164]. Do not use this document as a legal citation to authority.