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MSHA plans public meetings on safety programs


Federal regulators say they’re planning a series of public meetings to hear about effective safety and health management programs at the nation’s mines.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says input gathered at the meetings will help develop proposed new rules for safety and health management programs. Last week’s announcement comes as MSHA tries to improve safety after 29 men died in the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.

MSHA says the hearings will include presentations on model programs from academics, safety and health professionals, industry, workers and government.

MSHA says it plans to hold meetings at its Arlington, Va., headquarters, in Sacramento, Calif., and Pittsburgh during October.

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