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The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) helps to reduce deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the nation's mines with a variety of activities and programs. The Agency develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines, and provides technical, educational and other types of assistance to mine operators. MSHA works cooperatively with industry, labor, and other federal and state agencies to improve safety and health conditions for all miners in the United States.


Learn about MSHA’s role in promoting mine safety and health in the United States, and see how the mining industry has made significant strides in reducing mining fatalities during the 20th century.


Program Areas

MSHA is organized into the nine major program areas listed below.  Learn about the roles of each program area, find program area-specific contact information, and access related resources.


Find MSHA jobs, learn about our Inspector Hiring Program, and view internship opportunities and jobs for recent graduates.


Learn about the key legislative milestones that have helped improve mine safety and health in the United States.

The MSHA Alliance Program

MSHA's Alliance program enables organizations committed to mine safety and health to collaborate with MSHA to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. MSHA and its allies work together to reach out to, educate, and lead the nation's mine operators and miners in improving and advancing mine safety and health. Alliances are formed by MSHA senior headquarters staff after initial discussions with an organization interested in collaborating with MSHA. MSHA's Alliance program is national in scope. 

Memoranda 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.