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U.S. Department of Labor

Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Suite 401
Arlington, VA 22202-5450

ISSUE DATE: June 5, 2014


FROM:             SYED HAFEEZ  
                       Director, Program Evaluation and Information Resources

SUBJECT:    Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Program Directives Revalidation for CY 2014

This Program Information Bulletin (PIB) is for all MSHA Program directives holders within MSHA, mine operators, independent contractors, miners’ representatives, and other interested parties.

The purpose of this PIB is to provide the results of the annual MSHA directives re-validation review, and to advise MSHA employees, mine operators, independent contractors, miners’ representatives, and other interested parties of which enforcement policies and procedures remain in effect. This PIB announces that MSHA will publish Program Policy Letters (PPLs) and Procedures Instruction Letters (PILs) as permanent directives with no expiration dates. In addition, this PIB removes the expiration dates for the PPLs and PILs listed in Attachment 1. Finally, this PIB lists directives which have been cancelled and are no longer valid as of the effective date of this bulletin.

In the past, there has been confusion over which policies and procedures were in effect, because many times valid policies and procedures were temporarily cancelled when the PPL or PIL expired and there was a delay in reissuing the directives. By no longer listing expiration dates this problem is eliminated. Directives will continue to be reviewed through a revalidation process and cancelled when they become obsolete.

In the attached listings, this PIB also provides the results of the annual directives revalidation process for MSHA’s Program Directives for Calendar Year 2014. The first attachment provides an index of the most recent revisions to the Program Policy Manual Volumes and Program Handbooks, and lists the current valid Program Policy Letters (PPLs), Procedures Instruction Letters (PILs), and Program Information Bulletins (PIBs). The expiration dates for the PPLs and PILs listed in Attachment 1 have been removed. The second attachment lists those PPLs, PILs, and PIBs that have been cancelled as a result of the revalidation process. They are no longer considered valid
enforcement guidance and are cancelled effective on the issue date of this bulletin.

What is the background for this PIB?
Volume II, Chapter 100 of MSHA’s Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual (not available to the public) outlines the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Directives System and defines the purpose, responsibilities, structure, and procedures involved in the formulation, distribution, and maintenance of directives within the Agency.

The MSHA Directives System includes a revalidation process where all directives must be reviewed periodically to ensure the currency of their contents. As part of this revalidation process, the reviewers and policy coordinators determine whether the particular directive is still valid, whether it has been superseded by another issuance, or whether it needs to be updated to reflect changes in technology, regulations, organizational structure, or policy.

The most recent revalidation of directives for Calendar Year 2014 was conducted with the Program Policy Coordinators of each MSHA Program Office and was coordinated by the new Centralized Directives Program in the Office of Program Policy and Evaluation.

What is MSHA's authority for this PIB?
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 [30 U.S.C. 801 et seq.] as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 ("MINER Act") [Pub. L. 109-236].

Is this PIB on the Internet?
This PIB may be viewed on the Internet by accessing MSHA’s Home Page ( and then choosing “MSHA's Major Laws, Regulations, and Policies” and “Compliance Information (PIBs, PILs, the PPM, and More)” and “Program Information Bulletins.”

Who is the MSHA contact person for this PIB?
Program Evaluation and Information Resources,
Office of Program Policy and Evaluation
Raymond W. Blowitski, (202) 693-9408

Who will receive this PIB?
MSHA Program Policy Manual Holders
Mine Operators
Miners' Representatives
Independent Contractors
Special Interest Groups

Attachment 1

Attachment 2