MSHA Begins Workplace Exam Training Before Enforcement

MSHA announced the dates, times, and locations of stakeholder meetings regarding the 2017 Workplace Exam (WPE) rule, which was reinstated on Sept. 30, 2019.

These stakeholder meetings are part of the 90-day implementation period that MSHA promised operations before beginning enforcement in late December. MSHA will provide training and compliance assistance to participants and member companies are also strongly encouraged to attend these stakeholder meetings.  

NSSGA staff will attend at least one meeting and will share with members any training materials distributed and report on key topics raised by MSHA staff and meeting attendees. Please find below information on the dates and locations of the five meetings.

Additionally, MSHA released an updated fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the rule. The fact sheet includes an overview of the rule’s history and major requirements operators must meet. The FAQ document also includes a summary of the rule’s requirements and defines key terms like Competent Person, Working Place, Timing of Workplace Exams, Notification Requirements, Corrective Action Requirements, Scope and Timing of Corrective Action Records and Contractor Responsibilities.

Please contact Libby Pritchard at with any questions or concerns.

Date & TimeLocationContact
Oct. 29, 2019
9 a.m., Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center
2015 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Nov. 7, 2019
1:30 p.m., Central
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35226
Nov. 12, 2019
1:30 p.m., Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
10 Brickyard Dr.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Nov. 14, 2019
9 a.m., Mountain
Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center
7675 E. Union Ave.
Denver, CO 80237
Nov. 21, 2019
9 a.m., Eastern
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown
250 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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