Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New MSHA Miners' Representative Guide

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released a guide for miners' representatives. The guide, which is available as a handbook and an online resource, provides detailed information about a number of safety issues currently affecting the mining industry, including the following:

  • Reporting hazardous conditions and imminent dangers.
  • Conducting incident investigations. 
  • Understanding the elements of discrimination under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act.
  • Safety and health training for mine workers.
  • Petitions for modification of safety standards.
  • Rights to information and records, civil penalties and requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
Additionally, the guide discusses at length MSHA's purpose and organizational structure, the roles and responsibilities of miners' representatives and new and recently revised standards and regulations.

View the new guide here