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MSHA Extends Period to Submit Comments on Diesel Exhaust Exposure Standards

In response to requests from the public, on March 26, 2018 the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it is reopening the public comment period to the Agency’s request for information (RFI) related to standards concerning the exposure of underground miners to diesel exhaust. Back in June of 2016, MSHA requested further information … Continue Reading

Mine Safety Agency Proposes Further Changes to the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Final Rule

On September 12, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules seeking to further amend the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule which was published on January 23, 2017.  The rule was scheduled to go into effect on May 23, 2017 but MSHA has delayed the … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Diesel Exhaust Redux: MSHA Requests Information on Diesel in Mines

On the same day that MSHA announced a major new workplace examination rule for metal/non-metal mines, Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main also announced that MSHA is exploring further possible rulemaking to limit diesel exhaust at all mines – both coal and metal/non-metal. This morning, MSHA published in the Federal Register a “request for information” on diesel exhaust … Continue Reading

A whole new workplace exam: MSHA proposes major changes

At a stakeholder meeting today at its Arlington, VA headquarters, MSHA announced dramatic new changes to requirements that metal/non-metal mine operators conduct workplace examinations each shift. The official publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register will launch a 90-day comment period that will include four public hearings around the country. Mine operators are sure … Continue Reading

OSHA issues new electronic record-keeping rule

There is big news today in occupational safety and health: OSHA released its long-awaited electronic record-keeping rule (called “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”). The official publication date of the final rule in the Federal Register will be tomorrow, May 12, 2016. The rule requires annual (not quarterly, as OSHA originally proposed) electronic submission of OSHA 300, … Continue Reading

OSHA issued its final rule on silica. When will MSHA follow?

Last week, OSHA issued its final rule on silica. OSHA opened this silica rulemaking docket in 2010, and it proposed the rule in 2013. During the rulemaking, concerned parties submitted more than 2,000 comments and participated in 14 days of public hearings. Two hundred stakeholders presented testimony. Spanning 606 pages, OSHA’s silica rule was published on … Continue Reading