West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training

Mine Safety Laws and Regulation Updates

 Date this page was last updated:  04/11/2014

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West Virginia Mine Safety Laws and Rules Reference Manual 2011 Edition Revised 12-2011  (PDF)
House Bill 4351 Passed March 6, 2012 WV Legislative Session
West Virginia Mine Safety Laws and Rules Reference Manual  2011 edition revised 12-2011  Includes all recent laws and regulations enacted also included are footnote references to interpretations (see link below).
Code and Regulation Interpretations 1971-1999; 2012
These are scanned images of policy memos, clarifications, and interpretations of various code and regulation sections.
Enforcement of WV Code Section 22A-2-55(a) and 56 CSR 3-47.3(b) (Safety Helmets)
WVOMHST Interpretation of WV Code Section 22A-2-12 (...ninety days employment in a mine)
Duties of Belt Examiner WV Code Section 22A-2-39 (f)(2) Sketch and Policy Clarification Memorandum 
West Virginia Quarry Rules and Regulations.  Originally published in 2002.


REGULATIONS

Some of the regulations have been processed through several versions to see historical versions of go to our regulation history page.   Note: not all regulations are listed on the history page.  You can check with the WV Secretary of State for a complete list of all regulations on file.

WV Office of  MHST (2014)

Title 56, Series 12 - FINAL FILING Rules Governing Assessing Health and Safety Violation Penalties. Filed April 10, 2014.  Effective July 10, 2014
Title 56, Series 18 - FINAL FILING Rules Governing the Program for the Sharing of Information Between Employers.  Filed April 10, 2014.  Effective May 10, 2014
Title 56, Series 19 - FINAL FILING Rules Governing Substance Abuse Screening, Standards and Procedures.  Filed April 10, 2014.  Effective May 10, 2014.

WV Office of  MHST (2013)
Title 56 Series 19 - Notice of Emergency Amendment to an Emergency Rule Governing Substance Abuse Screening, Standards and Procedures filed April 8, 2013 with WV Secretary of State.
Title 56, Series 17 -Notice of Agency Adoption of a Procedural or Interpretive Rule or Legislative Rule Exempt from Legislative Review Governing the Procedures for the Organization and Implementation of a Coal Dust Lab and Coal Dust, Rock Dust Sampling Standards filed March 26, 2013 with the Secretary of State.

Title 56, Series 17 -Notice of Comment Period on Proposed Procedural Rule Governing the Procedures for the Organization and Implementation of a Coal Dust Lab and Coal Dust, Rock Dust Sampling Standards filed February 7, 2013 with the Secretary of State.  Coal Dust Survey Program


WV Office of  MHST (2012)
Title 56 Series 14-Final Rule Rules Governing the Application Process for the West Virginia Innovative Mine Safety Technology Tax Credit Act
Tax Credit Application
Online Payment for Tax Credit Fee
Email Contact for Inquiries

FINAL RULES PRIOR TO 2012 ARE INCLUDED IN THE West Virginia Mine Safety Laws and Rules Reference Manual 2011 Edition Revised 12-2011


WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2014)
Contact:  Joel L. Watts (304) 957-2306 Joel.L.Watts@wv.gov

Title 36 Series 57   Rules Governing Haulage Safety Generally (see rule for complete title)  Notice of Comment Period filed January 27, 2014

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2013)

Title 36 Series 56 Rules Governing Arrangements for Emergency Medical Assistance and Transportation for Injured Persons filed December 13, 2013
Title 36 Series 53 Rules Governing Hoisting Machinery; Telephones Safety Devices; Hoisting Engineers and Drum Runners in Underground Coal Mines filed October 4, 2013

Title 36 Series 54 Rules Governing Machine Mounted Methane Monitors in Underground Coal Mines filed on August 22, 2013
Title 36 Series 55 Rules Governing the Reporting of Failed Substance Abuse Screenings and Tests and Approval of Rehabilitation Programs by the Board of Appeals filed May 9, 2013
 

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2011)

PROPOSED REGULATION Hoisting machinery, telephones, safety devices, hoisting engineers and drum runners
Title 36 Series 47 (dated 10/05/2011) comment period ends 11/06/2011

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2010)

Title 36 Series 44  Filed with WV Secretary of State: 11-3-2010. Effective Date: 01-01-2011. Mine Rescue Requirements  For the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.
Title 36 Series 27 Surface Areas and Oil and Gas Operators Operating on Mine Property (dated May 7, 2010 effective August 5, 2010)
Title 36 Series 49 Barometer Requirements (dated 4/22/2010) Comment period ends 5-28-2010
Title 36 Series 50 Belt Conveyor Rules (dated 4/22/2010) Comment period ends 5-28-2010
Title 36 Series 51 Accessible Outlets (dated 4/22/2010) Comment period ends 5-28-2010
Title 36 Series 52 Notification of Fires (dated 4/22/2010) Comment period ends 5-28-2010
Title 36 Series 53 Testing Machine Mounted Methane detectors (dated 4/22/2010) Comment period ends 5-28-2010

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2009)

Proposed Regulations Governing High Voltage Continuous Miners
Title 36 Series 48 (dated 11/2/2009) comment period ends 12-2-2009

Rules and Regulations Governing the Safety of Persons  Employed In and Around River Load-outs
Final Rule: Title 36, Series 46 (final version filed 9-28-2009)

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2008)

Responsibility for Care and Maintenance of Equipment
Final Rule: Title 36 Series 18  (final version filed 1-20-2008)

Electrical Equipment in Mines, Cutting and Welding in Mines, Required Examinations
Final Rule: Title 36 Series 14  (final version filed 2-20-2008)

Rules governing Surface Areas
Cover Letter and General Information
Title 36 Series 27  (Final version filed May 12, 2008)
Title 36 Series 27  (proposed version filed October 10, 2007)

WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2007)

Title 36 Series 14  (proposed version filed October 10, 2007)
Title 36 Series 18
 (proposed version filed October 10, 2007)


WV Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification (2012)
Contact:  Joel L. Watts (304) 957-2306 Joel.L.Watts@wv.gov

Title 48 Series 7 - Notice of Final Filing and Adoption of a Legislative Rule.  Filed May 10, 2013 with WV Secretary of State.
Title 48 Series 7 - Notice of Rule Modification of a proposed rule.  Filed December 17, 2012 with WV Secretary of State.
Title 48 Series 7 - Notice of Agency Approval of Proposed Rule filed August 22, 2012 with WV Secretary of State.

Title 48 Series 7 - Emergency Rule filed July 13, 2012 with WV Secretary of State.  Approved as Emergency Rule by the WV Secretary of State on August 23, 2012.
Title 48 Series 7 - Notice of Comment Period filed July 13, 2012 with WV Secretary of State

WV Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification (2010)

Title 48 Series 4  Filed with WV Secretary of State: 11-30-2010. Effective date: 12-30-2010.  Initial Training Program for Proposed Mine Rescue Team Members and additional Mine Rescue Requirements 

WV Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification (2008)

Proposed Regulations Governing Criteria and Standards for Alternative Training Programs for Apprentice Coal Mine Electricians
Title 48 Series 8 Final Rule (Filed 4-3-2008)
Title 48 Series 8  Rule Modification of Proposed Rule Filed Dec. 14, 2007.
Agency Approved Proposed Rule (Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee): Title 48 Series 8. Filed July 27, 2007
Emergency Rule: Rules for Alternative Training Programs for Apprentice Electricians  Title 48 Series 8Filed May 17, 2007.
Notice of Comment Period: Title 48 Series 8 Rules for Alternative Training Programs.  Filed May 17, 2007.


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