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Technical Support

The Directorate of Technical Support provides engineering, scientific, and technical expertise to other MSHA program areas.  Technical Support conducts in-mine studies to maintain the health and safety of miners, participates in accident investigations, and assists in mine emergency operations. The Directorate also tests equipment and materials for safe underground mining use, and issues approvals for equipment and products meeting established standards.

The Directorate of Technical Support is headquartered in Arlington, VA with operations carried out by two technology centers.

Key Contacts

Contact Email Phone
William Francart
Office of the Director
Francart.William@dol.gov (202) 693-9470
Melanie Calhoun
Deputy Director
Calhoun.Melanie@dol.gov (202) 693-9628
Christine Mayhugh
Management Officer
Mayhugh.Christine@dol.gov (202) 693-9609
George Gardner
Safety and Health Technology Center
Gardner.George@dol.gov (412) 386-6902
Dennis Ferlich
Approval and Certification Center
Ferlich.Dennis@dol.gov (304) 547-2029