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MSHA issues proposed rule on pattern of violations
Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On January 31, 2011 @ 2:53 pm In Aggbeat Online | No Comments
A proposed rule to revise the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) pattern of violations (POV) regulation in 30 Code of Federal Regulations Part 104 will be published in the Federal Register on Feb. 2, the agency announced on Jan. 31.
The proposal, which would revise and simplify the POV criteria and MSHA’s procedures for issuing a POV notice, is available at http://s.dol.gov/CQ .
In September 2010, MSHA announced new screening criteria for the POV program, giving the agency an additional enforcement tool to use at mines with a history of violating safety and health standards.
“As I’ve said many times before, the current POV system is broken, and this regulation is the next critical step in reforming the enforcement program under the existing statute,” Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, said in a press statement. “It would require mine operators to be much more proactive in monitoring their compliance performance and would eliminate two provisions in the existing regulation: the potential POV procedure and the requirement regarding final orders.
“Congress enacted this law 33 years ago, and not one mine has ever been placed on a POV,” Main added.
“This proposed rule is designed to meet Congress’ intent.”
Among the major provisions of the proposed regulation:
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