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[December 22, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 245)]
[Unified Agenda]
[Page 73215-73216]

Department of Labor (DOL)
(Completed Actions)

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

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2091. TESTING AND EVALUATION BY INDEPENDENT LABORATORIES AND NON--MSHA PRODUCT SAFETY STANDARDS


Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 30 USC 957

CFR Citation: 30 CFR 18; 30 CFR 19; 30 CFR 20; 30 CFR 22; 30 CFR 23; 30 CFR 27; 30 CFR 33; 30 CFR 35; 30 CFR 36; 30 CFR 6; 30 CFR 7

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The proposed rule contains modifications to MSHA's existing product approval requirements for use of products in gassy underground mines. MSHA currently issues product approvals from MSHA's Approval and Certification Center after MSHA tests and evaluates the products based on regulations in 30 CFR parts 7 through 36. The proposed rule would establish alternative requirements for the testing and evaluation of products for MSHA approval. It would permit manufacturers who seek MSHA product approval to use an independent laboratory to perform the necessary product testing and evaluation in lieu of it being performed by MSHA. It also would allow MSHA product approval to be based on equivalent non--MSHA product safety standards.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            11/30/94                    59 FR 61376
NPRM                            02/13/95                     60 FR 8209
Public Hearing Notice           10/10/95                    60 FR 52640
Notice to Reschedule Public 
Hearing                         04/09/96                    61 FR 15743
Comment Period End              04/09/96
Public Hearing Notice           10/17/02                    67 FR 64196
Second NPRM                     10/17/02                    67 FR 64196
Second NPRM Comment Period End  12/31/02
Final Rule                      06/17/03                    68 FR 36408
Final Rule Effective            08/18/03


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Marvin W. Nichols Jr., Director, Office of Standards, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Room 2352, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 693--9440
Fax: 202 693--9441
Email: nichols-marvin@dol.gov

RIN: 1219-AA87

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Phone: (202) 693-9400

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