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Program Areas

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is organized into the nine major program areas listed here. Use the links below to learn about each program area’s role within MSHA, find program area-specific contact information, and access related resources.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health

Plans, directs, and administers MSHA's activities, and includes the Office of Program Education and Outreach Services.

Coal Mine Safety and Health

Conducts mine inspections, investigations, and training programs through 11 district offices and a system of field offices in the nation's coal mining regions.

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

Conducts mine inspections, investigations, and training programs through six district offices and a system of field offices for all metal and nonmetal mines throughout the U.S.

Program Evaluation and Information Resources

Conducts internal reviews and follow-ups and evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs; collects, analyzes and publishes mining injury and illness data; supports and provides training for all MSHA automated information systems, data communications networks and computer equipment.

Administration and Management

Oversees the administrative operations of MSHA, including budget, payroll, hiring, procurement and other functions.

Technical Support

Provides engineering and technical aid, approves equipment and materials for safe mining use, and assists in mine emergencies and accident investigations. Technical Support operates major facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Educational Policy and Development

Administers MSHA’s training programs. At the National Mine Health and Safety Academy, training is conducted on a variety of mine health and safety topics for safety and health specialists from government, industry and labor. Through the Educational Field and Small Mine Services Division, training-related assistance is provided to mine operators throughout the country.

Standards, Regulations, and Variances

Coordinates the development and issuance of safety and health rules and the revision of existing rules, continually involving the public in the process. The office also coordinates MSHA's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program.

Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations

Assesses and collects civil penalties for violations of the Mine Act and of mine safety and health standards; administers MSHA’s Special Investigations Program; manages MSHA' s enhanced enforcement strategies including the Pattern of Violations (POV) Program; and administers MSHA' s accountability program.

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