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MSHA Implements Medical Standards Action Plan

Thursday, August 10, 2017  
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By Facility Safety Management Magazine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration is implementing an action plan for employees who do not meet the Agency’s medical standards. Some employees have not met medical standards for several years.

MSHA inspectors and technical personnel are required to have periodic medical examinations and meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) -approved medical standards as a condition of employment. Medical examinations, including tests for vision and hearing, are required. MSHA reviewed examination results and determined that approximately 15 to 20 percent of MSHA inspectors and technical personnel do not currently meet the Agency’s medical standards and that the problem had been growing over the past several years.

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