Skip to main content

Mine Safety: MSHA's and Other Federal Agencies' Improved Oversight Could Enhance Safety for Coal Miners

GAO-07-855T Published: May 16, 2007. Publicly Released: May 16, 2007.
Jump To:
Skip to Highlights


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor, the states, and the mining industry share responsibility for ensuring mine safety. In two reports released today, GAO examined the challenges underground coal mines face in preparing for emergencies, how well MSHA oversees mine operators' training efforts, how well MSHA and NIOSH coordinate to enhance the development and approval of mine safety technology, MSHA's coal mine inspector recruiting efforts, and how civil penalties are assessed.

Full Report

GAO Contacts

Office of Public Affairs


Agency evaluationCoal miningEmergency preparednessEmployee trainingFines (penalties)InspectionMine safetyMining accidentsMining industryMonitoringOccupational safetySafety regulationSafety standardsStrategic planning