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The latest on MSHA’s workplace exams rule

By |  April 9, 2018

A workplace examiner inspects the highwall at a surface limestone mine. Photo courtesy of NIOSH

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) published its final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines in the Federal Register.

The final rule includes updates based on stakeholder comments and testimony received last fall during four public hearings held in Virginia, Utah, Alabama and Pennsylvania. The rule, which will be effective on June 2 of this year, will require that each working place be examined at least once each shift for conditions that may adversely affect safety or health of miners before work begins or as miners begin work in a place.

Also, the final rule requires mine operators to promptly notify miners in affected areas of any conditions that may adversely affect their safety or health and promptly initiate appropriate corrective actions. Notification is only necessary when adverse conditions are not promptly corrected before miners are exposed.

A record of the examination must be made before the end of each shift, including the name of the person conducting the examination; the date of the examination; the location of all areas examined; a description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners that is not promptly corrected, and the date of the corrective action (when that occurs).

MSHA will hold stakeholder meetings across the country to provide outreach and compliance assistance materials on the final rule.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or

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