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What is a Memorandum of Understanding?

One of the Secretary of Labor's goals is to secure a safe and healthy workplace, especially at mines. The Secretary will implement this goal by forming agreements with States, local governments, entities that represent these governments, and other Federal agencies to consult, coordinate, and exchange information concerning the health and safety of miners. These agreements may include various areas such as training, enforcement, communication, and coordination.

Memoranda of Understanding

  • Interagency Agreement Between the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - U.S. Department of Labor (03/1979)
    The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), U.S. Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor, have entered into this agreement to delineate certain areas of authority, set forth factors regarding determinations relating to convenience of administration, provide a procedure for determining general jurisdictional questions, and provide for coordination between MSHA and OSHA in all areas of mutual interest.

  •  Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) (05/2011)
    In this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU or Agreement), the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) agrees with the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) to facilitate coordinated and timely communications that promote and protect the mining industry's most precious resource, miners.

  • Statement of Gregory E. Conrad, Executive Director Interstate Mining Compact Commission

  • IMCC Web Site

  • Photos of Signing

  • Press Release

  • Presentations from the MSHA - IMCC Meeting on Mine Emergency Response held May 11, 2011 at MSHA's Approval and Certification Center, Triadelphia, WV

  • Memorandum Of Understanding Between The U.S. Department Of Labor, Mine Safety And Health Administration (MSHA) and the U.S. Department Of The Interior, Bureau Of Land Management (BLM) (12/2011)
    The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to specify bases for coordination between the BLM and MSHA and to foster the communication of information on geological conditions or mining practices that impactthe health and safety of miners at underground coal mines on Federal and Indian lands.

  • Memorandum Of Understanding Between the United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety And Health Administration and the Office Of Mines And Minerals, Illinois Department Of Natural Resources (04/29/2013)
    The following program for qualifying persons as coal mine electricians is administered by the Illinois State Mining Board in the Illinois Department ofNatural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals (OMM), under authority granted in 220 Ill. Comp. Stat, 705/2.01 and Ill. Admin. Code tit. 62, 220.50(e) and MSHA's authority under 30 U.S.C. 801 et seq. and 30 C.P.R. 75.153(a) and 77.1 03(a). This electrical qualification program as described below is approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), United States Department of Labor. This agreement will become effective when signed by all parties and run indefinitely, unless terminated with the mutual consent of the parties or by one party upon thirty days' written notice to the other party.