MSHA announces changes to its workplace exams final rule, extends effective date

Kerry Clines

September 11, 2017

MSHA logoThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that, on September 12, 2017, it will publish two proposed rules in the Federal Register to amend the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule (82 FR 7680). Both proposed rules will be available for viewing at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 at the Office of the Federal Register, Public Inspection Desk.

The first proposed rule makes limited changes to the final rule to provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing miners protections. MSHA will hold four public hearings on the proposed changes on October 24 in Arlington, Va.; October 26 in Salt Lake City; October 31 in Birmingham; and November 2 in Pittsburgh. Comments on the proposed changes to the final rule must be received by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on November 13.

The second proposed rule further delays the effective date of the final rule to March 2018 to ensure that the mining community can get the training and compliance assistance they need before the final rule becomes effective. Comments on the proposed extension must be received by midnight (Eastern Saving Time) on September 26.

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