In the September 9, 2021 Federal Register, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposed a rule that would require mine operators employing six or more miners to develop and implement a written safety program for mobile and powered haulage equipment (excluding belt conveyors) at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines.
Surface mobile equipment would be defined as wheeled, skid-mounted, track-mounted, or rail-mounted equipment capable of moving or being moved, and any powered equipment that transports people, equipment or materials, excluding belt conveyors.
Under the proposed rule, covered mine operators would need to develop a written safety program that includes the following:
- Lists actions operators would take to identify hazards and reduce risks
- Develops equipment maintenance and repair schedules
- Evaluates technologies
- Trains miners
Mine operators would be required to evaluate and update the written safety program at least annually and whenever necessary to manage safety risks associated with their surface mobile equipment.
If adopted as proposed, mine operators would be required to develop and implement the written safety program within six months of the effective date of the final rule. Additionally, mine operators would need to designate a responsible person within six months of the effective date.
Public Comments Invited
Public comments will be accepted through November 8, 2021 using this link:
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