June 24, 2014
Miners and miners’ representatives who want details about filing options under Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR) Part 40 – Representative of Miners now have access to that information.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released a Program Information Bulletin (PIB) about the requirements and multiple options for those filing under 30 CFR Part 40.
MSHA notes that representatives are required to file this information. However, MSHA adds that filing before an MSHA inspector arrives at the mine site can help reduce “mine-site conflict and uncertainty.”
MSHA also points out that other required information includes the names of at least two designating miners along with their contact information. The agency notes that designating miners can remain confidential, meaning their names would not be generally known or published. If so, miners’ representatives can file the information in a way that keeps the names confidential.
An optional form — Representative of Miners Designation Form, MSHA Form 2000-238 — allows miners’ representatives to file the required information while keeping the names of designating miners confidential.
According to the PIB, miners’ representatives now have three filing options, all of which can preserve the confidentiality of designating miners:
Contact the appropriate District manager and (1) provide the completed MSHA Form 2000-238, checking “confidential” if applicable or (2) provide the required information orally, requesting a confidential designation if applicable.
Call the MSHA hotline telephone number (1-800-746-1553) and provide the information as prompted. The representative servicing the hotline uses MSHA Form 2000-238.
File online at msha.gov. Under “Online Tools,” select “Online Filing/Forms Homepage” on the left side of the page, then select “Reports/Notices/Complaints,” and select “Notification of Representative Miners.”
To view the full PIB, click here.