Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines
GAO-09-327R: Jan 29, 2009
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) new rule on refuge alternatives for underground coal mines. GAO found that (1) the final rule establishes MSHA requirements for refuge alternatives in underground coal mines and the training of miners in their use, requires mine operators to include refuge alternatives in their required Emergency Response Plans, includes requirements for testing and approval of refuge alternatives, and requirements for training miners to locate, deploy, and use, maintain, and transport refuge alternatives; and (2) MSHA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.