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MSHA reopens public comment period on exposure of miners to diesel exhaust

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Global Mining Review,

As the US Department of Labor continues to protect the health and safety of America’s miners, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it will reopen the public comment period regarding the Agency’s Request for Information (RFI) on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust.

On 8 June 2016, MSHA published an RFI seeking information and data on the effectiveness of the Agency’s existing standards and policy guidance on controlling miners’ exposure to diesel exhaust to preserve miners’ health. The RFI’s comment period closed on 30 November 2016.

As a result of collaboration at a partnership meeting in December 2016, the comment period was reopened until 9 January 2018. Since then, MSHA has received additional stakeholder requests to provide additional time for all stakeholders to share input and data to best protect the health and safety of America’s miners.

Comments must be received on or before midnight Eastern Standard Time on 26 March 2019.

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