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U.S. Department of Labor


Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Suite 401
Arlington, VA 22202-5450
EFFECTIVE DATE:  June 7, 2011 EXPIRATION DATE:  03/31/2013

PROCEDURE INSTRUCTION LETTER NO. I11-V-6

FROM:           KEVIN G. STRICKLINKEVIN G. STRICKLIN
                     Administrator for
                     Coal Mine Safety and Health

                     LINDA F. ZEILERLINDA F. ZEILER
                     Acting Director of Technical Support

SUBJECT:     Inspection of Post-Accident Communication and Electronic
                    Tracking Systems

Scope
This Procedure Instruction Letter (PIL) applies to Coal Mine Safety and Health (CMS&H) District Managers, Supervisors, Specialists, and Inspectors.

Purpose
This PIL provides instructions for Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforcement personnel during inspections of two-way communication and electronic tracking systems. Information gathered during inspections should be used to determine whether the systems are installed, maintained, and operated in compliance with approved Emergency Response Plan (ERP) provisions relating to communication and tracking. Information gathered during inspections can also be used to support revision to the ERP in light of new mining conditions or methods whenever necessary or during the six-month ERP review.

Procedure Instructions
Enforcement personnel should prepare for inspection or evaluation as follows:

Records Review

Communication and Tracking Surface Facility (75.1600)

Inspection Activities

Background
The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 includes the following requirement for communications and tracking systems:

Authority
Section 316 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended, 30 U.S.C. § 876; and 30 C.F.R. parts 23, 75, and 77.

Issuing Office and Contact Persons
Coal Mine Safety and Health, Safety Division
John Arrington, (202) 693-9549
E-mail: arrington.john@dol.gov

Office of Technical Support
David Chirdon, (304) 547-2026
E-mail: chirdon.david@dol.gov

Internet Availability
This instruction letter may be viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA Home Page (www.msha.gov) and then choosing "Compliance Assistance Information" and Procedure Instruction Letters.

Distribution
MSHA Program Policy Manual Holders