The Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines is the final rule that the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is putting into effect and it will start on June 2, 2018. Expanded examinations of mines will be required as a result of this rule, adding timing, recordkeeping, and notifications to the examination. This rule will apply not only to operators of mines, but also to independent contractors doing work of any type on metal and nonmetal mines.
A big change in these new rules is that the miners need to be notified immediately if any dangers are found and not corrected, especially if they may be exposed to hazardous conditions.
A natural question then is "What is prompt notification?” It simply means that miners must be informed of dangers that may be present where they will be working so they can avoid them. They don’t need to be notified of hazards that occurred and were fixed before they were exposed to them.
How should the miners be notified? As long as they are made aware of the dangers they are being exposed to, any method that is effective is fine. A simple verbal notification could work, or a large, strategically place sign could also be used as notification.
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All posts about MSHA regulations are based on our interpretation of the rules along with consultations with prominent MSHA lawyers. Please DO NOT mistake this for legal advice. Please always talk to lawyers for legal advice.