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Government Documents - Department of Labor: Mine Safety and Health Administration

Guide to the Department of Labor and its subsidiary agencies. Publications cover topics such as employment and unemployment, earnings, price indexes, labor laws, fair employment, women and minority workers, and child labor.

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Report a mining accident or hazardous condition: 1-800-746-1553

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) grew out of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA), which was established in 1973. MSHA came into existence in 1977. Its purpose is "to prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and to promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation's miners" (MSHA website). Prior to the establishment of MESA, health and safety in mines was under the Bureau of Mines

Government Documents holds a partial collection of MSHA publications, including the following series:


We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other MSHA materials, as well as laws, regulations, and Congressional hearings about mine disasters, mine safety, and mining fatalities.

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