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MSHA Publishes Revised Final Workplace Examination Rule

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, April 9, 2018

MSHA published its revised final "Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines" rule in today's Federal Register. This final action amends a rule MSHA issued in January 2017.

The revised rule requires that:

  • A competent person examines each working place for adverse conditions. The working place must be examined at least once each shift, before work begins or as miners begin work in that place.
  • The operator must initiate appropriate corrective action.
  • The operator must promptly notify miners in the affected area if the adverse conditions are not corrected before miners are potentially exposed.
  • The operator must withdraw all persons from the affected area if the adverse condition may present an imminent danger.
  • The operator must create a record before the end of the shift, which must include:
    • The name of the person conducting the examination;
    • The location of all areas examined;
    • A description of each adverse condition identified that is not corrected promptly; and
    • The date when the described condition is corrected.
  •  The operator must make the record available to MSHA and the miners’ representatives.

 

MSHA will hold a series of six public meetings around the country to inform and educate the mining community about the requirements of the final rule.

  • May 1          Bloomington, IL
  • May 15        Birmingham, AL
  • May 17        Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 22        Reno, NV
  • May 24        Dallas, TX
  • May 31        Denver, CO

To read the final rule click here

To get more information on the public meetings click here

Tags:  examinations of working places  final rule  MSHA  Regulations  rulemaking  safety  safety and health 

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