MSHA issues program information bulletins, letters

September 2, 2010

The Mine Safety and Health Administration last week clarified its policies on several issues, including employers giving workers advance warning of an inspection.

Following the April 5 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine-South in West Virginia, MSHA launched inspections at 57 coal mines. During two recent inspections, operators warned miners working underground that MSHA officials were on their way, a practice prohibited by law, according to an Aug. 26 program information bulletin.

Also in August, MSHA released a program information bulletin detailing requirements for self-contained self-rescuers; program policy letters on equipping elevated truck scales and electrical circuit identification; and a procedure instruction letter on a possible problem with SCSRs from Monroeville, PA-based CSE Corp.