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Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939
EFFECTIVE DATE:  December 15, 2011 EXPIRATION DATE:  03/31/2013

PROCEDURE INSTRUCTION LETTER NO. I11-V-10

FROM:           KEVIN G. STRICKLINKEVIN G. STRICKLIN
                     Administrator for
                     Coal Mine Safety and Health

SUBJECT:     Mine Rescue Inspections Pertaining to Mine Rescue Teams and
                    Mine Rescue Stations

Scope
This Procedure Instruction Letter (PIL) applies to Coal Mine Safety and Health (CMS&H) enforcement personnel.

Purpose
The purpose of this PIL is to provide instructions on mine rescue inspections. 30 C.F.R. Part 49, Subpart B contains the requirements addressing the three essential elements of effective mine rescue teams: (1) ready availability; (2) proper equipment; and (3) basic levels of skills and training. The inspection of mine rescue stations will ensure that mine rescue teams meet these essential elements.

Procedure Instructions
All mine rescue stations shall be inspected quarterly during the regular (E01) inspection except for state-maintained Mine Rescue Stations, which shall be inspected bi-annually. If an E01 inspection is not open, the inspection may be conducted during a spot (E16) inspection. When the inspection is conducted during an E01 event, all notes and citations must be added to the E01 report. If the inspection of the mine rescue station is completed during an E16 inspection, the inspector must notify the field office supervisor assigned to the mine and provide the event number, mine identification number, and the date of the inspection. The field office supervisor will note this information on the event cover sheet.

For mine rescue stations that cover more than one mine, the inspection can be conducted during an E01 or E16 inspection of any of the covered mines. Under these circumstances, to avoid duplication of mine rescue station inspections and to minimize confusion, the inspector must notify the field office supervisors assigned to the mines and provide the event number, mine identification number, and the date of the inspection. The field office supervisor will note this information on the event cover sheet.

If violations of 30 C.F.R. Part 49 Subpart B are found during the inspection, duplicate citations must be issued to each mine covered by the mine rescue station. Citations, notes, and any other information must be sent to the field office supervisor and must be included in the inspection report for each mine. The citations can be issued on an E01 or E16 inspection as appropriate.

In addition to the annual statement submitted to the District Manager by the mine operator certifying that each team meets the requirements of 30 C.F.R. Part 49 Subpart B inspection personnel can use the attached check sheet during an inspection pertaining to mine rescue teams and mine rescue stations to assist in verifying compliance. The attached check sheet can also serve as inspection notes.

Background
This PIL is intended to ensure that MSHA inspectors check mine rescue stations for compliance with 30 C.F.R. Part 49, Subpart B provisions.

Authority
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended, 30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.; and 30 C.F.R. Part 49, Subpart B.

Internet Availability
This PIL may be viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (www.msha.gov) choosing "Compliance Info" and "Procedure Instruction Letters."

Issuing Office and Contact Persons
Coal Mine Safety and Health, Division of Safety
Michael G. Kalich, (202) 693-9714
E-mail: kalich.michael@dol.gov

Distribution
MSHA Program Policy Manual Holders

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