Sept. 8, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. Under this proposal, mines would have flexibility to develop and implement a written safety program that works best for their mining conditions and operations. The written safety program would include actions that mine operators would take to identify hazards and risks to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities related to surface mobile equipment. The proposed rule can be viewed here. Public comments are solicited until the comment period closes on Nov. 8.