The Mine Safety Health Administration has posted an online tool intended for the use of miners’ representatives. A miners’ representative may be any person, group or organization designated by two or more miners to represent their interest during health and safety enforcement processes at their mining operation.
The guide provides specific details on reporting of hazardous conditions and imminent dangers; accident investigations; the elements of discrimination covered under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act; health and safety training requirements; petitions for modification; rights to information and records; civil penalties; and requests to MSHA under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, it provides explanations of the different roles of MSHA personnel in different types of jobs that miners’ representative may encounter, such as conference litigation specialists, technical specialists, and educational field services staff.
The guide can be viewed at http://www.msha.gov/minersrepguide/minersrepguide.asp