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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB56 Publication ID: Fall 2008
Title: Mine Rescue Team Equipment
Abstract: MSHA is updating its mine rescue team equipment standard for underground coal and metal and nonmetal mine rescue teams. The final rule would update the requirement for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) from 2-hour to 4-hour apparatus; increase the required oxygen and chemical reserves to maintain mine rescue teams from 6 hours to 8 hours; increase the required number of full charged oxygen bottles from one extra to two extra; and require mine rescue stations to be equipped with four approved, hand-held multi-gas detectors or four gas detectors for each gas which may be at the mine served. The final rule would increase safety and improve effectiveness of mine rescue teams.
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 49 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811
Legal Deadline: None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 09/06/2007 72 FR 51338
NPRM Comment Period End 11/09/2007
Final Action 09/15/2008 73 FR 53116
Final Action Effective 11/14/2008
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None
Small Entities Affected: Businesses Federalism: No
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No
RIN Information Public Comment URL:
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
Related RINs: Related to 1219-AB53
Agency Contact:
Patricia W. Silvey
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Blvd., Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
Phone:202 693-9640
Fax:202 693-9441