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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB71 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Safety and Health Management Programs for Mines 
Abstract: MSHA held public meetings to gather information and suggestions from the mining community on effective, comprehensive safety and health management programs, including programs used in the mining industry. MSHA will hold additional public meetings to gather more extensive information for the development of a proposed rule for safety and health management programs to eliminate hazards and prevent injuries and illnesses at mines. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811 and 812   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: Mining is one of the most hazardous industries in this country. Yet year after year, many mines experience low injury and illness rates and low violation rates. For these mine operators, preventing harm to their miners is more than compliance with safety and health requirements; it reflects an embodiment of a culture of safety--from CEO to the miner to the contractor. This culture of safety derives from a commitment to a systematic, effective, comprehensive management of safety and health at mines with full participation of all miners. MSHA believes requiring 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.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Promulgation of this standard is authorized by section 101 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006.

Alternatives: No reasonable alternatives to this regulation would be as comprehensive or as effective in eliminating hazards and preventing injuries and illnesses.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: MSHA will develop a preliminary regulatory economic analysis to accompany the proposed rule.

Risks: The lack of a comprehensive safety and health management program contributes to a higher incidence of injury and illness rates and higher violation rates.

Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Public Hearing  09/09/2010  75 FR 54804   
Comment Period End  12/17/2010    
Stakeholder Meetings  10/08/2010    
Stakeholder Meeting  10/12/2010    
Stakeholder Meeting  10/14/2010    
Hold Stakeholder Meetings  09/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Roslyn B. Fontaine
Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street S, Suite 401,
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441