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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB87 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines 

The purpose of workplace examinations is to identify and correct conditions that may adversely affect miners’ safety or health before miners are hurt. This final rule requires that an examination of the working place be conducted before miners begin working in that place, that operators notify miners in the affected areas of any conditions found that may adversely affect their safety or health, that operators promptly initiate corrective action, and that a record be made of the examination.  The final rule also requires that the examination record include: the name of the person conducting the examination, the date of the examination, the location of all areas examined, a description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners, and the dates of the corrective action.  In addition, the final rule requires that mine operators make the examination record available for inspection by authorized representatives of the Secretary and miners' representatives and provide a copy upon request.  The Agency reviewed appropriate implementation timeframes and solicited public comment on that issue.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 56    30 CFR 57.18002   
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 811   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/08/2016  81 FR 36818   
Notice of Public Hearings  06/08/2016  81 FR 36818   
Notice of Change of Start Time for Public Hearings  06/27/2016  81 FR 41485   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/01/2016 
Public Hearing--Salt Lake City, UT  07/19/2016 
Public Hearing--Pittsburgh, PA  07/21/2016 
Public Hearing--Arlington, VA  07/26/2016 
Public Hearing--Birmingham, AL  08/04/2016 
Final Rule  01/23/2017  82 FR 7680   
Final Rule Effective  05/23/2017 
Proposed Rule; Delay of Effective Date  03/27/2017  82 FR 15173   
Proposed Rule; Delay of Effective Date Comment Period End  04/26/2017 
Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date  05/22/2017  82 FR 23139   
Final Rule Effective  10/02/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sheila McConnell
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Room 4E401,
Arlington, VA 22202-5452
Phone:202 693-9440
Fax:202 693-9441