Mine Health and Safety Counseling and Technical Assistance

To improve conditions of health and safety in and around coal, metal and nonmetallic mines and mineral facilities through technical advice, special studies, investigations, development of State mine health and safety programs.



Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of the addresses of Mine Safety and Health Administration Field Installations.

Information on health and safety programs, inspections, and enforcement should be sought from Coal Mine Safety and Health or Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health District Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, or the Headquarters Office.

Technical information can be sought from the same sources or from the Technical Support Field Centers.
Website Address

http://www.msha.gov



Program Accomplishments

To reduce mine accidents and disasters, technical assistance is provided to help mine inspectors, State agencies, labor, and the industry in identifying and resolving complex mine safety and health issues. Activities include equipment testing, engineering and scientific evaluation of health and safety hazards, environmental sampling, and emergency response.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance can be used for establishing or improving State mine health and safety programs.

Technical advice and assistance is available to States, organizations, companies, or persons with mine health and safety programs and/or problems.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State, organization or person interested in employing healthful and safe mine or mineral industry working conditions can apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, organizations, individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

In the form of a letter to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-164. Public Law 109-236, Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

None.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-1200-0-1-554.

Obigations

(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $29,062,000; FY 08 est $29,476,000; and FY 09 est $29,117,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

30 Code of Federal Regulations; Bureau of Mines Information Circulars; Bureau of Mines Reports of Investigations; MSHA Informational Reports.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of the addresses of Mine Safety and Health Administration Field Installations. Information on health and safety programs, inspections, and enforcement should be sought from Coal Mine Safety and Health or Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health District Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, or the Headquarters Office. Technical information can be sought from the same sources or from the Technical Support Field Centers.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209. Contact: Mark E. Skiles. Telephone: (202) 693-9472 or Linda F. Zeiler. Telephone: (202) 693-9478.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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