Comment on Coal Mine Rescue Training Instruction Guides IG7 and IG7A

Updating coal mine rescue training guides

MSHA prescribes training materials through the issuance of instruction guides.  Existing standards for coal mine rescue teams include criteria for mine operators to certify the qualifications of these teams. The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 requires MSHA to update these criteria every 5 years; this requirement applies only to coal mine rescue teams.

MSHA has reviewed the existing Instruction Guides IG7 and IG7A and determined that the existing guidance is sufficient in providing team members with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond effectively in the event of an emergency.

MSHA is requesting comments on the existing Instruction Guides to improve the quality and effectiveness of instruction and skills training for coal mine rescue teams.  Comments must be received or postmarked by midnight Eastern Time on February 22, 2019.  Comments must be identified by “Instruction Guides IG7 and IG7A.”  Submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Email: zzMSHA-comments@dol.gov.
  • Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia 22202-5452.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier:  201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.  Sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 4th Floor East, Suite 4E401.
  • Fax:  202-693-9441.

Instructions:  All submissions must include “Instruction Guides IG7 and IG7A” in the subject line. Do not include personal information that you do not want publicly disclosed; MSHA will post all comments without change including any personal information provided.

                     Coal Mine Rescue Training Instruction Guides

                       IG7 and IG7a

Comment Number

                                               Commenter

      Date Received

COMM-001

Pierre Mousset-Jones

01-15-2019

COMM-002

Hank McKay

02-23-2019