IMA-NA and its Diesel Emissions Task Force filed extensive comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Request for Information on Exposure to Diesel Exhaust of Underground Miners (RFI). MSHA was soliciting information and data on approaches to controlling and monitoring miners’ exposures to diesel exhaust. Because of the carcinogenic health risk to miners from exposure to diesel exhaust, MSHA is reviewing the Agency’s existing standards and policy guidance. During the course of RFI proceedings, IMA-NA successfully requested that MSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) form a Diesel Health Effects Partnership with the mining industry, including both coal and metal/nonmetal mines, diesel engine manufacturers, and representatives of organized labor. Partnership stakeholders will work together to better understand the evolving science on potential health effects, as well as current technologies and current mining practices. The Partnership will hold its inaugural meeting on December 8 in Washington, PA.
To view the RFI comments and information on the Partnership meeting, click here