Federal Mine Safety and Health
Act (Mine Act) requires that the U.S.
Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspect
all mines each year to ensure safe and healthy work environments for miners. In
addition to setting safety and health standards for preventing hazardous and
unhealthy conditions, MSHA's regulations establish requirements for:
- immediate notification by the mine operator of accidents,
injuries and illnesses at the mine;
- training programs that meet the requirements of the Mine Act;
- obtaining approval for certain equipment used in gassy
The Mine Act covers all mine operators
and miners throughout the United States, including the District of Columbia,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and
the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
The Black Lung
Benefits Program is administered by DOL's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.