Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)


FLC Region

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1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor
Arlington, VA 22209-3939
United States

Laboratory Representative


The U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) helps reduce deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the nation's mines with a variety of activities and programs. The agency develops and enforces safety and health rules applying to all U.S. mines, helps mine operators who have special compliance problems, and makes available technical, educational and other types of assistance. MSHA works cooperatively with industry, labor, and other Federal and state agencies toward improving safety and health conditions for all miners. MSHA's responsibilities are spelled out in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

MSHA was created in 1978, when the 1977 Act transferred the Federal mine safety program from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Labor. The Mine Act requires MSHA to make at least four complete inspections of all underground operations yearly and at least two surface mine inspections a year.

In recent years, MSHA has strongly encouraged the American mining community to join in a number of cooperative programs aimed at solving safety and health problems.


The mission of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is to administer the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and to enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents; to minimize health hazards; and to promote improved safety and health conditions in the Nation's mines.

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