MSHA has delayed the effective date of its controversial workplace examinations rule until Oct. 2.
In addition to providing comments and working with aligned stakeholders, NSSGA briefed lawmakers with congressional oversight of MSHA in an effort to highlight the industry’s concerns with the new rule.
The delay was announced in the Federal Register today, and NSSGA will continue efforts to oppose the rule.
The new rule requires workers at aggregates operations to examine an area before work begins and increase documentation of adverse conditions and abatements. Yet, the rule vaguely defines a working place and conditions that may adversely affect safety and prompt notification. The rule also requires examiners to identify themselves on the record. NSSGA is currently litigating the rule and believes that it should be delayed indefinitely, especially since MSHA is working without an appointed administrator.