The following is contributed by Ross Watzman, associate, Jackson Lewis P.C. 

MSHA’s recent actions regarding Continuous Personal Dust Monitors (CPDMs) have left many frustrated, feeling that MSHA has been too hasty to regulate without fully examining the impact on safety when it required new dust monitoring tools that apparently interfere with existing mining equipment meant to increase safe operations. In my recent column for Coal Age Magazine, “A Single (Minded) Step in the Wrong Direction,” I examine MSHA’s response and investigation into the interference created by CPDMs when used in the vicinity of proximity detection systems (PDS). Should the Continuous Personal Dust Monitors’ interference with proximity detection cause MSHA to revisit a rule that it has vigorously defended? Read more…