Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

REVISED FINAL RULE

On April 9, 2018, MSHA published a final rule that amends a rule issued in January 2017. This rule provides mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduces regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. 

The revised rule requires that:

  • A competent person examine each working place for conditions that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners.  The working place must be examined at least once each shift, before work begins or as miners begin work in that place.
  • Promptly initiate appropriate corrective action when adverse conditions are found.
  • Promptly notify miners in affected areas if adverse conditions are found and not corrected before miners are potentially exposed.
  • Withdraw all persons from affected areas when alerted to any conditions that may present an imminent danger, until the danger is abated.
  • Create an examination record before the end of each shift that includes:

- The name of the person conducting the examination;
- Date of the examination;
- Location of all areas examined;
- A description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners that is not promptly corrected; and
- The date when the described condition is corrected.

  • Make the examination record available to MSHA and miners’ representatives, with a copy provided upon request.
STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

MSHA will hold public meetings around the country to inform and educate the mining community on the requirements of the final rule.  The complete schedule is below. 

Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Stakeholder Meetings Dates, Times, and Locations

Date/Time

Location

Contact Number

May 1, 2018
9 a.m. Central time

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
10 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

309-664-6446

May 3, 2018
9 a.m. Pacific time

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington  98104

206-583-0300

May 10, 2018
11 a.m. Eastern time and work through lunch

Videoteleconference – Attend in-person at Arlington, VA
or via 7 MSHA VTC-capable offices across U.S.

See Table Below

May 15, 2018
9 a.m. Central time

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N,
Birmingham, Alabama  35203

 

205-324-5000

May 17, 2018
9 a.m. Eastern time

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown
250 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

412-281-5557

May 22, 2018
9 a.m. Pacific time

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
One South Lake Street
Reno, Nevada 89501

775-682-3900

May 24, 2018
9 a.m. Central time

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Market Center
2015 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75207

214-741-7481

May 31, 2018
9 a.m. Mountain time

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center
7675 East Union Ave.
Denver Colorado 80237

303-770-4200

June 6, 2018
11 a.m. Eastern time and work through lunch

Videoteleconference – Attend in-person at Arlington, VA
​or via 7 MSHA VTC-capable offices across U.S.

See Table Below

 

 

Video Teleconference (VTC) meetings - May 10 and June 6, 2018

To participate by VTC (VTC offices contact info below) send an email to zzMSHAcomments@ dol.gov noting which day/location you will be attending. 

VTC Location

Address/Contact Number

Arlington, VA
(Host Location)

MSHA Headquarters
201 12th Street South
Arlington, VA  22202
Room 4C304
202-693-9450

Beckley, WV

National Mine Health and Safety Academy
1301 Airport Road
Beckley, WV  25813
Auditorium
304-256-3100

Birmingham, AL

MSHA District Office 11
1030 London Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211
Suite 400 (next to Canon Office Building)
205-290-7294

Denver, CO

MSHA District Office 9
Denver Federal Center
6th & Kipling, 2nd Street
Bldg. 25
Denver, CO 80225
Enter through Gate 2-Visitors
303-231-5465

Mesa, AZ

Mesa Field Office
63 East Main Street
Suite 402
Mesa, AZ 85201
480-649-5452

Duluth, MN

MSHA North Central District Office
Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse
515 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Room 327
218-720-5448

Warrendale, PA

MSHA Northeastern District Office
178 Thorn Hill Road, Suite 100
Warrendale, PA 15086
724-772-2334

Vacaville, CA

MSHA Western District Office
991 Nut Tree Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
Will be escorted to Conference Room
707-447-7864