The proposed rule would reduce the existing concentration
limits for respirable coal mine dust from 2 mg/m3 to 1 mg/m3
over a 24-month phase-in period, require the use of continuous
dust monitors, enforce the utilization of a single, full-shift sample to verify compliance, and expand medical surveillance so
miners could better manage their health. The proposed rule also
addresses extended work shifts and production shifts.
According to data from NIOSH, cases of black lung are on
the rise. Young miners are even developing advanced and debilitating lung disease due to exposure to excessive amounts of
dust, and more than 10,000 miners have died from black lung
within the past decade.
To read the complete proposed rule as published in the
Federal Register, visit http://bit.ly/axmHr3. Comments are due Feb.
28, 2011, and may be submitted via the federal e-rulemaking
portal at www.regulations.gov, via mail to MSHA, 1100 Wilson
Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22209-3939, or by fax to (202) 693-9441.
To read the MSHA press release, visit
www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2010/NR101014.pdf. Videos from
MSHA’s “End Black Lung–Act Now” Campaign are available at
NIOSH data on black lung disease can be found at
OSHA Revises Policy on Training
OSHA has modified the guidelines of its Outreach Training Programs to reduce the number of hours students spend each day
in 10- and 30-hour training classes. The
new policy limits classes to a maximum of
7. 5 hours per day; prior to this change,
classes could last up to 13 hours a day.
OSHA instituted this policy change to prevent students from being overloaded with
information in a single day of training.
In accordance with the new training
policy, 10-hour courses must be conducted
over a minimum two-day period and 30-
hour courses must be given over at least
four days. OSHA will not accept classes
that do not meet all program requirements or exceed 7. 5 hours
per day. The agency has also set up an outreach fraud hotline at
(847) 725-7810 where the public can report program fraud or
For more information, read the OSHA press release at
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