MSHA revises mine safety workplace exam

MSHA may be getting ready to launch a new policy that could expand and re-interpret mine operator responsibilities when conducting workplace examinations. A new program policy letter (PPL) began circulating on July 9, before MSHA decided to remove it from distribution. During a stakeholder meeting at MSHA headquarters on July 22, an updated PPL with significant changes from the previously released PPL was issued. These changes came after the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and others expressed concerns over the PPL. If adopted, the new PPL could dramatically change the mine safety workplace exam and redefine what MSHA considers a violation.

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