MSHA. Successful Propositions Regarding Policies and Programs to Improve Mine Safety and Health Conditions. John P. Faini MSHA – Technical Support Chief, Approval and Certification Center 304-547-2029 Faini.John@dol.gov. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) wants each and
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Successful Propositions Regarding Policies and Programs to Improve Mine Safety and Health Conditions
John P. Faini
MSHA – Technical Support
Chief, Approval and Certification Center
every miner to go home each day safe and sound.
MINER Act and
The MINER Act was signed by President George W. Bush on
June 15, 2006. This legislation, the most significant mine safety legislation
in 30 years, amends the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and contains
a number of provisions to improve safety and health in America's mines.
MINER Act ; and some key provisions……
* Requires each covered mine to develop and continuously update a written emergency
response plan;* Requires mine operators to make notification of all incidents/accidents which pose
a reasonable risk of death within 15 minutes, and sets a civil penalty of $5,000
to $60,000 for mine operators who fail to do so;
* Directs the Secretary of Labor to require wireless two-way communications and an
electronic tracking system within 3 years, allowing those on the surface to locate
persons trapped underground;* Requires each mine to make available two experienced rescue teams capable of a
one hour response time;
Reaching out to our customers
The internet is a great tool to
In 2004, MSHA observed new miners getting hired into the mining
The industry had not seen such a large hiring since the early 1970’s.
Along with these new hires came increasing accidents to the new
Wanting to keep history from repeating itself, MSHA took the
proactive approach to prevent new miner injuries from occurring at a
at a rate in which they occurred in the 1970’s.
MSHA assisted in halting this deadly trend by developing a new miner
training CD to educate new miners on their high risk tasks. The CD
was made available to every mine in the U.S. and the results have
Promoting New Technologies available
MSHA is promoting the usage of equipment and technology that is
currently commercially available.
Refuge Chambers – providing breathable air to entrapped miners
Communication Technology – evaluating technology to talk from
underground to the surface through wireless technology.
Tracking Technology – evaluating technology to monitor where
entrapped miners may be so rescue operations can be expedited.
All play a vital role in accident prevention.
We encourage you to take this information
and use it as a tool to improve the health
and safety at your operations.
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