Special Initiatives

    • The toll of black lung continues

    MSHA’s final rule to lower miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust is a historic step forward in the effort to end black lung disease. The rule reduces overall dust standards in coal mines, improves the dust sampling technology and methodology, and expands the medical surveillance program to improve early detection of the disease.

    • Bulldozer

    Each spring, the metal and nonmetal mining industry hosts cooperative mine safety and health training workshops around the nation to increase awareness of mining hazards and improve mine safety and health.

    • Continuous Mining Machine Outfitted with Proximity Detection System

    MSHA’s final rule will strengthen protections for miners on the working section of underground coal mines by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents.

    • Mine rescue training conference

    When a mine emergency strikes, every second counts. Well-equipped and trained rescue teams and effective communications can make the difference between life and death for miners who are trapped or injured.

    • MSHA inspector Danny Pack with third-graders at Hardy Elementary School in Hardy, KY, where he explained the dangers of abandoned mines at the school coal fair.

    “Stay Out - Stay Alive” is a national public awareness campaign aimed at warning children and adults about the dangers of exploring and playing on active and abandoned mine sites.

    • Rules To Live By checkmark logo

    “Rules to Live By” is an initiative to prevent mining deaths by focusing on the most commonly cited standards that have caused or contributed to fatal accidents in the mining industry. The initiative encompasses industry outreach and education components combined with enhanced enforcement efforts. 

  • MSHA’s revised Pattern of Violations (POV) final rule strengthens the Agency’s ability to focus on mine operators who demonstrate a disregard for the health and safety of miners through a recurring pattern of significant and substantial (S&S) violations.

    • A miner secures a roof brace

    An annual outreach and education program to reduce the number of accidents due to mine roof and rib falls in underground coal mines.