Government Affairs Updates

MSHA Announces Increased Focus on Exposure Monitoring

Wednesday, December 29th

From MSHA –

12/16/2010

ARLINGTON, Va. -The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced an increased focus on exposure monitoring at metal and nonmetal mines throughout the country to ensure better worker protection from overexposure to harmful airborne contaminants. Agency efforts will include stakeholder outreach, education and training, and enhanced implementation of existing standards. In particular, MSHA will focus on 30 Code of Federal Regulations 56.5002 and 57.5002, which require mine operators to conduct dust, gas, mist and fume surveys for harmful airborne contaminants' fumes to determine the adequacy of control measures. A stakeholder briefing was held today at MSHA headquarters in Arlington, Va., to outline the initiative aimed at reducing illnesses and diseases due to such overexposures, and explain MSHA's enforcement approach on complying with the standards. http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2010/NR101216a.asp

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