MSHA Posts Belt Air Panel's Documents

The heated topic of belt air in underground coal mining is again dividing mine operators and labor, and yet another technical panel is studying the issues. MSHA this week created a single source page on its  Web site to house documents from the panel's January 2007 initial meeting and the second meeting, which took place March 28-30 in Coraopolis, Pa.

The panel was created by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (the MINER Act) to provide an independent scientific review of belt air, which is a method of providing breathing air to underground miners in the same passages through which coal moves on conveyor belts to the surface. The UMW opposes belt air and has fought it for years; belt air was the focus of the investigation into a Jan. 19, 2006, fire in a Logan County, W.Va., coal mine for which MSHA filed a record $1.5 million in penalties on March 29 against the mine operators.

The Technical Study Panel on the Utilization of Belt Air and the Composition and Fire Retardant Properties of Belt Materials in Underground Coal Mining has been directed to submit a report by Dec. 20, 2007 to the secretary of Labor, the secretary of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions, and the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. The panel's chairman is Dr. Jan M. Mutmansky, professor emeritus of Mining Engineering at Penn State.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2022

    May 2022

    Featuring:

    • WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
      How Wearable Technology is Transforming Safety and the Industrial Workplace
    • TRAINING: CONFINED SPACES
      Five Tips to Improve Safety in Confined Spaces
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Monitor for Asbestos to Help Save Lives
    • PPE: FALL PROTECTION
      Fall Protection Can Be Surprising
    View This Issue