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Mining agency looks to postpone effective date of Examinations Rule

Delay would allow more time for training, MSHA says

Posted March 28, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) wants feedback on a proposed delay of the effective date for its final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. According to MSHA, delaying the effective date from May 23, 2017, to July 24, 2017, would allow mine operators more time to comply with the rule and to train workers.

The proposed delay also meets the requirements of the January 20, 2017, White House memorandum, which directs federal agencies to review, and possibly delay, the effective dates of final rules that had not yet become operative.

MSHA published the Examinations Rule on January 23, 2017. The rule requires conducting an examination of the workplace before miners begin work, notifying miners of any conditions found that could adversely affect their safety or health, promptly initiating corrective action, and making a record of the examination.

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