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Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

(OP)
In severa;l countries the Mine Health & Safety Act requires a Code of Practise for the Rock Engineering part of the mining process. A number of countries have guidelines according to which you can write your own COP.
Can anybody please help me with referal to the laws or guidelines applicable in USA?

Thank You!

RE: Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

(OP)
I suggest that you call MSHA directly with respect to your project.  Many underground mining projects in the usa require plans detailing ground supports issues.  However, there is no one hard fast rule - coal mines have different regulations compared to hard rock mines.  YOu may wish to contact MSHA's office's in Beckley West virginia or at least look at their website ---- WWW.MSHA.GOV -----.  They are responsible for all ocupational safety issues related to mining.  They or their web site may provide further information.


Brian Glackin
Mining Engineering Student
Colorado School of Mines
beglackin@mines.edu

RE: Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

Normally, you can write your own specific Standard Operating Practices (SOP's) and your own specific Work Instructions (WI)as long as they do not conflict with or lead to a future conflict with the MSHA regulations.  Therefore, the persons writing, interpreting and enforcing these internal documents need to be very conversant with the MSHA regulations and associated federal interpretations and enforcements.

RE: Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

If you are looking for mining regulations that apply in the USA, the MSHA (Mining Safety and Health Administration) website - www.msha.gov  contains all of the regulations that pertain to both coal and metal/non-metal mining.  30CFR(Code of Federal Regulations) parts 56,57, and 58 pertain to metal/non-metal mining and parts 70 through 77 pertain to coal mining.  Also, policy manulas that update and clarify existing regulations are also on the website.

RE: Are there guidelines of Codes of Practice enforced by law?

I have days trying to find MSHA detailed criteria
under OSHA you find dimensions, angles and lenghts about what is too high or too long.

MSHA is too subject to personal judgement

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