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MSHA News Release: [09/15/2008]
Contact:Matthew Faraci   Amy Louviere
Phone: 202-693-9406  202-693-9423
Release Number 08-1307-NAT

MSHA further improves effectiveness of mine rescue teams
Agency publishes final rule on mine rescue equipment

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today published a final rule in the Federal Register that addresses equipment for mine rescue teams serving underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. It updates the existing standards to reflect advances in mine rescue team equipment technology and improve the effectiveness of mine rescue teams in responding to mine emergencies.

"Mine rescue team members often put themselves in danger to save miners injured or trapped underground as the result of an explosion, fire, roof fall or water inundation. It is critical that they be provided with the most up-to-date protective equipment so they can safely and effectively carry out their mission," said Richard E. Stickler, acting assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "In an emergency, a properly equipped mine rescue team could mean the difference between life and death."

Requirements of the final rule include the following: The final rule also removes obsolete requirements for flame safety lamps and oxygen indicators.

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