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MSHA wants to make changes to rule on Workplace Examinations in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

2 proposed rules would roll back certain requirements, effective date of final rule

Posted September 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposed two new rules to change the January 2017 final rule on Examinations of Workplace Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.

The first proposed rule would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly. The record must also include the dates of corrective action for these conditions. MSHA claims these changes would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens.

MSHA plans to hold four public hearing on the proposed rule throughout October. The deadline for comments on the proposed changes is November 13, 2017.

The second proposed rule would delay the effective date of the original final rule to provide additional time for MSHA to develop training materials and offer compliance assistance.

Comments on the delay must be received by September 26, 2017.

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