U.S. Department of Labor announces proposed rule adopting standards for electric motor-driven mine equipment and accessories

U.S. Department of Labor announces proposed rule adopting standards for electric motor-driven mine equipment and accessories

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced a proposed rule incorporating national and international voluntary consensus standards related to electric motor-driven mine equipment and accessories.

Under the proposed rule, during a one-year transition period, mine operators could use equipment and accessories that meet either 14 voluntary consensus standards or the existing MSHA approval requirements. After that period, operators would be required to use the consensus standards for equipment and accessories covered by consensus standards. The proposed rule would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the product approval process, and promote the use of innovative technologies for improved mine safety and health.

The Federal Register will publish the proposed rule on Nov. 19, 2020. Comments may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov until Dec. 21, 2020.

The proposed rule is available at www.federalregister.gov/documents/current. Find more information at www.msha.gov/regulations/rulemaking.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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