July 6, 2018 - On July 9, 2018, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register to solicit comments, data, and information from industry, labor, the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and other stakeholders to assist MSHA in developing the framework for a study to assess the health effects of the final rule entitled Lowering Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors (79 FR 24813). In the preamble to the final rule, MSHA stated its intent to conduct a retrospective study beginning February 1, 2017.
MSHA also seeks information and data on engineering controls and best practices that mine operators find effective to achieve and maintain required respirable coal mine dust levels, particularly those practices that can be replicated throughout coal mines nationwide to achieve similar results.
The RFI will be available for viewing on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. at the Office of the Federal Register, Public Inspection Desk.
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