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The changes to MSHA’s workplace examination rule governing metal and nonmetal mines have garnered significant attention. Stakeholders fought back against the original proposed rulemaking, and MSHA delayed implementation three times. Following outcries from operators, numerous comments, and even litigation, on April 9, 2018, MSHA published its final amended regulation governing “Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.” 

Nearly 2.3 million people in the United States work in jobs that expose them to silica.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) claims that more than 100,000 of those workers are engaged in “high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling.” 

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