MSHA published a final rule that enhances the quality of working place examinations in MNM mines on January 23, 2017. MSHA is proposing to delay the effective date of the Agency’s final rule from October 2, 2017 to March 2, 2018. This extension would offer additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.
In addition, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a proposed rule that would amend the Agency’s final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines that was published in January 2017. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. The proposed rule would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners.