With the June 2 effective date of MSHA’s new workplace exams rule fast approaching, the agency has signaled to stakeholders that more will be done to deliver quality compliance assistance. 

First, a senior MSHA leader told NSSGA Monday that the agency is planning for a transition period to last until October 1, 2018, before which it will be the agency’s general policy to not issue citations for violations of the new rule (note: there could be exceptions due to extremely dangerous hazards). Rather, the agency will be providing compliance assistance until October 1. NSSGA had expressed concerns over a shortage of time for operators to grasp the intricacies of the new rule, and is pleased that MSHA has made this adjustment in the enforcement schedule. 

Second, the agency has added two dates on which it will hold an online presentation of materials. These are scheduled for May 10, and June 6, each at 11 AM, ET and 8 AM, CT. 

Additionally, the agency added one more in-person stakeholder meeting; it is set for May 3 in Seattle (this brings to seven the total number of in-person meetings for stakeholders). Click here for details.


Credit: Joseph Casper | NSSGA

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