Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD


Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD


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(86325) NOTICE The Oklahoma Department of Mines does hereby give notice of a request for public comment to the proposed rules and regulations to be adopted to the Underground Coal Mine Health and Safety Rules and Regulations. These rules and regulations are being adopted under emergency procedures due to an imminent peril to the public health and safety of the people of the state of Oklahoma. Any interested parties may present their views or arguments, within twenty (20) days concerning the adoption of the proposed rules and regulations, either orally or in writing to Gayle Townley, Director Oklahoma Department of Mines, 4040 N. Lincoln, Suite 107, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

Proposed Rule #1 Definition of practical experience is experience obtained in actual employment as a Underground Coal Miner, except other underground mining may apply as determined by the Oklahoma Mining Commission on a case to case basis.

Proposed Rule #2 1) The Commission may receive recommendation from the Underground Advisory Council for temporary certification of miners only if temporary certifications are to be given to an applicant:

a) who holds an equal or higher certificate from another State and;

b) who has a notarized letter stating that the temporary certificate is needed to maintain health and safety standards;

2) Miners seeking temporary certificate:

a) have properly completed an application and;

b) upon review of the application satisfactorily completed interview with the council;

3) The Underground Advisory council makes such a finding in writing to the secre tary of the Commission, or to the chairman in the secretary's absence.

Proposed Rule #3 We would recommend the Mining Commission direct by regulation that OMTI assist the certification council in the following areas:

1) To reserve one of the classrooms for the use of the certification council and to schedule one of the staff to be available to assist in conducting examinations.

2) To make available applications for miners who wish to be certified and assist applicants in filling out of the application in advance of the meeting.

3) To not accept any applications for scheduling within ten (10) days of the meeting without approval of the UAC Council Chairman.

4) To forward the original application to Oklahoma Department of Mines, Central files for permanent storage, to forward one (1) copy to the Oklahoma Mining Commission, to forward one copy to the Secretary of the Underground Advisory Council, and one copy to the Oklahoma Department of Mines for regulatory purposes.

5) To prepare a copy of each applicants Oklahoma training records for review by the UAC who will determine if they meet the requirements of Title 45.

Proposed Rule #4 We would recommend the Commission direct by regulation that ODM;

1) place each application in the central filing system in the section designated for Underground Certification and be responsible for the safe keeping and mainte nance of these records;

2) verify the information on the application including the contacting of other states to verify the status of any certifications issued by other states. …

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