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Mine Safety and Health Administration

201 12th Street South, Suite 400, Arlington, Virginia 22202


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Wayne D. Palmer

Chief of Staff (vacancy)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations Patricia W. Silvey

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was created in 1978, when the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 transferred the Federal mine safety program from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Labor.

The MSHA promotes safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation’s miners. The MSHA develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines. The MSHA also provides technical, educational, and other assistance to mine operators.

Sources of Information


Mine safety and health data—information on accidents, air sampling, employment, injuries, illnesses, inspections, production totals, violations, and more—are available on the MSHA Web site. Compliance calculator tools that allow users to find a mine's history of key health and safety violations are also available the Web site.

Summaries of MSHA data on annual fatality and injury statistics, most frequently cited standards, number of citations and orders issued, total dollar amount of penalties assessed, and more are available on the MSHA Web site.


Information on employment opportunities is available online.

The MSHA seeks motivated professionals committed to ensuring the health and safety of the Nation's miners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The MSHA posts answers to FAQs on its Web site. | Email:

News / Media

The MSHA posts alerts and hazards, announcements, congressional testimonies, events, news releases, photographs and videos, and speeches on its Web site.


A complete listing of MSHA district and field offices is available online.


Current and historical preliminary accident reports, fatalgrams, and fatal investigation reports for metal, nonmetal, and coal mines are accessible on the MSHA Web site. Quarterly and annual summaries of mining fatalities along with associated best practices and preventative recommendations are also accessible.

Part 50 of Title 30 of the "Code of Federal Regulation" (30 CFR Part 50) requires mine operators to notify the MSHA of accidents, requires operators to investigate accidents, and restricts disturbance of accident related areas. This part also requires them to file reports with the MSHA pertaining to accidents, occupational injuries, and occupational illnesses, as well as employment and coal production data. These Data are summarized in quarterly and annual reports.

Resources / Tools

Mine emergency operations information, miners' resources, and technical resources and reports are available on the MSHA Web site.


In the top right corner of the MSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the Web site can toggle between content in Spanish or English. | Email:

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