West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training
Mine Safety Laws and Regulation Updates
Date this page was last updated: 06/30/2015
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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.
Some of the regulations have been processed through several versions to see historical versions of go to our regulation archives 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 (2015)
Title 56, Series 19 - NOTICE OF AN EMERGENCY RULE and NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD ON A PROPOSED RULE Substance Abuse Screening, Standards and Procedures (to July 27, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.
Title 56, Series 21 - COMMENT PERIOD Self-Contained Self-Rescue Device Immediate Reach Interpretive Rule (to July 22, 2015 @ 4:00)
Title 56, Series 20 - FINAL FILING Rules Governing the Safety of Those Employed In and Around Quarries in West Virginia Effective July 1, 2015
WV Office of MHST (2014)
Title 56, Series 20 - Notice of Rule Modification of a Proposed Rule - Rule Governing the Safety of Those Employed in and Around Quarries in West Virginia filed September 16, 2014 with the Secretary of State.
Title 56, Series 12 - FINAL FILING Rules Governing Assessing Health and Safety Violation Penalties. Filed April 10, 2014. Effective July 1, 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 (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
Title 36, Series 4 (REVISED) Rules Governing the Movement of Mining Equipment within Coal Mines
WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2015)Joel.L.Watts@wv.gov
Contact: Joel L. Watts (304) 957-2306
Filing date June 1, 2015; Effective date June 2, 2015
WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (2014)
Contact: Joel L. Watts (304) 957-2306
Title 36 Series 57 Rules Governing Proximity Detection Systems and Haulage Safety Generally.
Filing Date April 23, 2014. Effective date July 1, 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; Effective date January 1, 2014
Title 36 Series 53 Rules Governing Hoisting Machinery; Telephones Safety Devices; Hoisting Engineers and Drum Runners in Underground Coal Mines filed October 4, 2013; Effective date January 5, 2014
Title 36 Series 54 Rules Governing Machine Mounted Methane Monitors in Underground Coal Mines filed on August 22, 2013; Effective date November 1, 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; Effective date July 1, 2013
WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety (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); Effective date October 1, 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); Effective date January 1, 2009
Electrical Equipment in Mines, Cutting and Welding in Mines, Required Examinations
Final Rule: Title 36 Series 14 (final version filed 2-20-2008); Effective date April 1, 2008
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. Effective date May 13, 2013
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) Effective date April 3, 2008
Title 48 Series 8 Rule Modification of Proposed Rule Filed Dec. 14, 2007.
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