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Mine Safety and Health Enforcement

MSHA works to prevent fatalities, illness, and injury from mining and secure safe and healthful workplaces for America’s miners. Mine Safety and Health Enforcement is responsible for performing the Agency’s enforcement activities including:

  • Conducting inspections, including mandatory quarterly and semiannual inspections of mines and facilities.
  • Issuing citations and orders for any observed violations.
  • Issuing a withdrawal order, removing equipment from service, and/or withdrawing miners in cases of imminent danger.
  • Conducting health sampling of respirable dust and noise exposure at mines, as well as monitoring toxic materials and harmful physical agents.
  • Investigating fatal and serious nonfatal accidents.
  • Investigating complaints of hazardous conditions reported by miners.
  • Investigating criminal violations.
  • Examining complaints of discrimination reported by miners.
  • Conducting safety and health conferences with mine operators on violations.
  • Approving required roof control, ventilation, emergency response, and training plans.
  • Reviewing mine operators’ mining plans and education and training programs for miners
  • Directing various mine safety and health assistance programs.
  • Training and certifying instructors.
  • Developing improved safety and health standards.


Key Contacts
Contact Email Phone
Nancy M. Rooney
Rooney.Nancy@dol.gov 202-693-9600
Timothy Watkins
Deputy Administrator 
Watkins.Timothy@dol.gov 202-693-9600
Nalini Close
Special Assistant
Close.Nalini@dol.gov 202-693-9600 
Marcus Smith
Accident Investigations Division
Smith.Marcus@dol.gov 202-693-9547
Stephen Gigliotti
Chief of Safety
Gigliotti.Stephen@dol.gov 202-693-9479
Greg Meikle
Chief of Health
Meikle.Gregory@dol.gov 202-693-9523
Gail Stewart
Management Officer
Stewart.Gail.S@dol.gov 202-693-9317


East Region

East Region comprises of the districts listed below.

Central Region

Central Region comprises of the districts listed below.

West Region

West Region comprises of the districts listed below.