Mine Safety and Health Administration 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2011-29128
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
In response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines. This extension gives commenters additional time to comment on the proposed rule. The proposal was published on August 31, 2011.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-29010
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-29009
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-26852
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Safety and Health Management Programs for Mines
Document Number: 2011-26474
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is holding a public meeting, and plans to hold additional public meetings, to gather more information on effective safety and health management programs to eliminate hazards and prevent injuries and illnesses at mines. Safety and health management programs are an important component of helping mine operators assure the safety and health of miners at their mines. MSHA encourages representatives from academia, safety and health professionals, industry organizations, worker organizations, government agencies, industries other than mining, and international organizations to present information on their model programs. MSHA believes that effective safety and health management programs in mining will create a sustained industry-wide effort to eliminate hazards and will result in the prevention of injuries and illnesses.
Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2011-26446
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is announcing the date and location of an additional public hearing on the Agency's proposed rule addressing Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines, published on August 31, 2011.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-24727
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification Granted in Whole or in Part
Document Number: 2011-24096
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This Federal Register Notice notifies the public that MSHA has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Automatic Fire Sensor and Warning Device Systems; Examination and Test Requirements
Document Number: 2011-24095
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of an existing information collection, OMB Control Number 1219-0145. This information collection was originally titled Safety Standards Regarding Technical Study Panel Recommendations on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining. OMB 1219-0145 has been renamed Automatic Fire Sensor and Warning Device Systems; Examination and Test Requirements to reflect that the information collection is only for extending the approval of the information collection related to 30 CFR Sec. Sec. 75.1103-8(b) and (c). MSHA expects to subsume these provisions into OMB 1219-0054, Fire Protection (Underground Coal Mines) when that package is renewed in January 2013. No provisions will then remain in OMB 1219-0145 and the package will be discontinued. Other provisions of the original OMB 1219-0145 package have been subsumed into existing information collection packages as follows: OMB 1219-0009 subsumed Sec. 48.27(a) Training of miners assigned to a task in July 2011; OMB 1219-0073 subsumed Sec. 75.1103-5(a)(2)(ii) Automatic fire sensor and warning device systems and the package is at OMB for its 3-year review; OMB 1219-0088 subsumed Sec. Sec. 75.350(a)(2), 75.350(b), 75.350(b)(7), 75.350(b)(8), 75.350(d)(1), and 75.350(e)(1)(v) Belt air course ventilation; Sec. 75.351(e)(1)(v) Atmospheric monitoring systems (AMS); Sec. Sec. 75.370(a)(3) and (f) Mine ventilation plan submission and approval; Sec. Sec. 75.371(jj), 75.371(mm), 75.371(nn), and 75.371(yy) Mine ventilation plan contents; Sec. 75.380(f)(1) Escapeways; bituminous and lignite mines; Sec. 75.381(e) Escapeways; anthracite mines; and Sec. 75.1103-5(a) Automatic fire warning devices; actions, response in October 2010; OMB 1219-0127 subsumed Sec. 75.156 AMS operator, qualifications and the package is at OMB for its 3-year review. The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal and state agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps ensure that requested information collections are in formats appropriate to the mining community, that reporting is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and that the impact of collection requirements can be properly assessed.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-22489
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2011-22125
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to require underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines (except full-face continuous mining machines) with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous mining machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that have resulted, and continue to result, in accidents involving life threatening injuries and death. The proposal would strengthen the protections for miners by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents in underground coal mines.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-20978
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants
Document Number: 2011-19710
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is making $1,000,000 available in grant funds for educational and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The focus of these grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 will be on training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention for all underground mines. Applicants for the grants may be States and nonprofit (private or public) entities. MSHA could award as many as 20 separate grants. The amount of each individual grant will be at least $50,000.00. The maximum amount for a 12-month period of performance is $250,000. Also, MSHA is announcing a new program structure allowing applicants to apply for a renewal grant. This notice contains all of the information needed to apply for grant funding.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-16084
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-16083
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-16082
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Maintenance of Incombustible Content of Rock Dust in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2011-15247
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This final rule replaces the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) pursuant to section 101(b) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The final rule adopts the requirements contained in the ETS. Under the final rule, mine operators must maintain the incombustible content of combined coal dust, rock dust, and other dust to at least 80 percent in underground areas of bituminous coal mines. The final rule further requires that the incombustible content of such combined dust be increased 0.4 percent for each 0.1 percent of methane present. Accumulations of coal dust can ignite, resulting in an explosion, or after an explosion, they can intensify flame propagation, increasing the severity of explosions. The final rule, like the ETS, reduces both the potential for a coal mine explosion and the severity of explosions should they occur.
Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines and Pattern of Violations
Document Number: 2011-15250
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold additional public hearings on the Agency's proposed rules for Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines (Examinations of Work Areas) and for Pattern of Violations.
Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification Granted in Whole or in Part
Document Number: 2011-14214
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This Federal Register Notice notifies the public that it has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.
Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors
Document Number: 2011-13238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-05-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
In response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. This extension gives commenters additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule.
Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines and Pattern of Violations
Document Number: 2011-10788
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-05-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold four public hearings on the Agency's proposed rules for Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines (Examinations of Work Areas) and for Pattern of Violations. Each hearing will cover the major issues raised by commenters in response to the respective proposed rules.
Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors
Document Number: 2011-10780
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-05-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
In response to requests from interested parties, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. This extension gives commenters additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule. The proposal was published on October 19, 2010 (75 FR 64412).
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products
Document Number: 2011-10360
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR Parts 6 through 36.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-9195
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-9194
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is to withdraw a petition for modification for the Speed Mining, Inc., American Eagle Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46-05437. MSHA published a notice in the Federal Register on January 14, 2011 (76 FR 2725).
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-9193
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Hazard Communication (HazCom)
Document Number: 2011-9192
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR part 47.
Pattern of Violations
Document Number: 2011-7975
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Pattern of Violations (POV). This extension gives commenters additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule.
Petitions for Modification of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-6919
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Petitions for Modification of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-6918
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors
Document Number: 2011-5127
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is requesting comments on the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2010, addressing Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. The proposed rule would improve health protections for coal miners by reducing their occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust and lowering the risk that they will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity over their working lives.
Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-4592
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-01
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards. It proposed revising MSHA requirements for preshift, supplemental, and on-shift, and weekly examinations of underground coal mines. This extension gives commenters an additional 30 days to comment on the proposed rule.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Sealing of Abandoned Areas
Document Number: 2011-3594
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 75.335 Seal strengths, design applications, and installation; 75.336 Sampling and monitoring requirements; 75.337 Construction and repair of seals; and 75.338 Training.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection;
Document Number: 2011-3593
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 77.215(j), 77.215-2, 77.215-3, 77.215-4, 77.216-2, 77.216-3, 77.216-4, and 77.216-5.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection on Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness
Document Number: 2011-3592
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 75.100, 75.155, 75.159, 75.160, 75.161, 77.100, 77.105, 77.106, 77.107, and 77.107-1 on Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Examinations and Testing of Electrical Equipment, Including High Voltage Longwalls
Document Number: 2011-3591
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 75.351 Atmospheric monitoring systems; 75.512 Electric equipment; examination, testing and maintenance; 75.703 Grounding offtrack direct-current machines and enclosures of related detached components; 75.800-4 Testing, examination and maintenance of circuit breakers; record; 75.820 Electrical work; troubleshooting and testing; 75.821 Testing, examination and maintenance; 75.900-4 Testing, examination and maintenance of circuit breakers; record; 75.1001-1 Devices for overcurrent protection; testing and calibration requirements; records; 77.502 Electric equipment; examination, testing, and maintenance; 77.800-2 Testing, examination and maintenance of circuit breakers; record; and 77.900-2 Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record.
Pattern of Violations
Document Number: 2011-2255
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to revise the Agency's existing regulation for pattern of violations (POV). MSHA has determined that the existing regulation does not adequately achieve the intent of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) that the POV provision be used to address operators who have demonstrated a disregard for the safety and health of miners. Congress included the POV provision in the Mine Act so that operators would manage safety and health conditions at mines and find and fix the root causes of significant and substantial (S&S) violations to protect the safety and health of miners. The proposal would simplify the existing POV criteria, improve consistency in applying the POV criteria, and more adequately achieve the statutory intent. It would also encourage chronic violators to comply with the Mine Act and MSHA's safety and health standards.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Records of Tests and of Examinations of Personnel Hoisting Equipment
Document Number: 2011-972
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for Records and Tests of Personnel Hoisting Equipment, 30 CFR 56/57.19022 and 30 CFR 75/77.1432 (Initial measurement); 30 CFR 56/57.19023 and 30 CFR 75/77.1433 (Examinations); 30 CFR 56/57.19121 (Recordkeeping); 30 CFR 75.1400-2 (Hoists; tests of safety catches; records); 30 CFR 75.1400-4 and 77.1404 (Certifications and records of daily examinations); and 30 CFR 77.1906 (Hoists; daily inspection).
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Respirator Program Records
Document Number: 2011-954
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for Respiratory Protection Program Records under 30 CFR 56.5005 and 57.5005.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Rock Burst Control Plan, Metal and Nonmetal Mines
Document Number: 2011-953
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 57.3461 Rock Bursts.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Hoist Operators' Physical Fitness
Document Number: 2011-952
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR 56.19057 and 57.19057 on hoist operators' physical fitness.
Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors
Document Number: 2011-704
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule addressing Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. This extension gives commenters additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule. The proposal was published on October 19, 2010 (75 FR 64412), and is available on MSHA's Web site at http://www.msha.gov/REGS/FEDREG/PROPOSED/2010Prop/2010-25249. pdf.
Petitions for Modification of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2011-687
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification Granted in Whole or in Part
Document Number: 2011-686
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This Federal Register Notice (FR Notice) notifies the public that it has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.
State's Mine Health and Safety Grants
Document Number: 2011-268
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), has posted its solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for the States grant program on http:// www.grants.gov. The SGA contains all of the necessary information needed to apply for grant funding. Applicants for these grants are States or State-designated entities. The purpose of these grants is to improve and secure safe and healthy workplaces for U.S. miners. The final amount of each individual grant will be determined by the formula in Section 503(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 953(h)) and MSHA's final Fiscal Year 2011 appropriation. Application should be submitted at this time. The closing date for applications will be July 1, 2011.
Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Mine Accident, Injury, Illness, Mine Employment, and Coal Production Reports [OMB Control No. 1219-0007]
Document Number: 2010-33260
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for notification, investigation, and reporting of accidents, injuries, illnesses, and fatalities at mines; mine employment; and coal production.