Mine Safety and Health Administration September 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines: Policy, Prohibitions, Testing, Training, and Assistance
Document Number: E8-22679
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold a public hearing on its proposed rule to amend the existing metal and nonmetal standards for the possession and use of intoxicating beverages and narcotics and make the new standard applicable to all mines. The proposed rule would also require those who violate the prohibitions to be removed from the performance of safety-sensitive job duties until they successfully complete the recommended treatment and their alcohol- and drug-free status is confirmed by a return-to-duty test.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E8-21897
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-19
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.
Mine Rescue Team Equipment
Document Number: E8-21449
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The final rule amends MSHA's existing standards addressing mine rescue team equipment at mine rescue stations serving underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. It updates the existing standards to reflect advances in mine rescue team equipment technology to increase safety and improve the effectiveness of mine rescue teams.
Fire Extinguishers in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: E8-21448
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the existing standard for the quantity and location of firefighting equipment in underground coal mines to assure that it is readily available to quickly extinguish a fire. In lieu of the existing requirements for rock dust and other firefighting equipment, this final rule allows the use of portable fire extinguishers in working sections of underground anthracite coal mines that have no electrical equipment at the working section and produce less than 300 tons of coal per shift. The rule also requires an additional fire extinguisher in lieu of rock dust at temporary electrical installations in all underground coal mines.
MSHA Approval and Certification Center Address Change
Document Number: E8-20795
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSHA is amending its regulations to update the mailing address of the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Approval and Certification Center (Center) in Triadelphia, West Virginia. The address of the Center has changed since publication of the regulations.
Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines: Policy, Prohibitions, Testing, Training, and Assistance
Document Number: E8-20561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The proposed rule would replace the existing metal and nonmetal standards for the possession and use of intoxicating beverages and narcotics and establish a standard for all mines. The proposed rule would designate the substances that cannot be possessed on mine property or used while performing safety-sensitive job duties, except when used according to a valid prescription. Mine operators would be required to establish an alcohol- and drug-free mine program, which includes a written policy, employee education, supervisory training, alcohol- and drug-testing for miners that perform safety-sensitive job duties and their supervisors, and referrals to assistance for miners who violate the policy. The proposed rule would also require those who violate the prohibitions to be removed from the performance of safety- sensitive job duties until they complete the recommended treatment and their alcohol- and drug-free status is confirmed by a return-to-duty test.