Workers' Compensation

MSHA Proposes Rule On Lowering Exposure To Respirable Coal Dust

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the release of a proposed rule on lowering miners’ exposure to respirable coal dust in all underground and surface coal mines. The proposed rule is the latest element of MSHA’s “End Black Lung – Act Now” campaign. The proposed rule combines prior regulatory actions addressing lowering coal mine dust exposure, single sample, plan verification and the use of continuous personal dust monitors. It would also implement recommendations contained in the 1995 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report, as well as a 1996 secretary of labor’s dust advisory committee report. The NIOSH report can be accessed electronically a, and the dust advisory committee report can be … read more