The miners or their representatives must he notified when a plan is submitted by a mine operator to and MSHA Regional Manager for approval. Miners and their representatives may also request review and approval of the plan by the Regional Manager, and must notify the production-operator or independent contractor of such request [Section 46.3(c)].
The miners’ representative, if any, must be provided with a copy of the plan at least 2 weeks before the plan is implemented or submitted to the MSHA Regional Manager for approval. At mines where no miners’ representative has been designate, a copy of the plan must be posted at the mine or provide to each miner at least 2 weeks before the plan is implemented or submitted to the Regional Manager for approval [Section 46.3(d)].
Within 2 weeks following the receipt or posting of the training plan, miners or their representatives may submit written comments on the plan to the operator, or to the MSHA Regional Manager, as appropriate [Section 46.3(e)].
The miners or their representatives must be notified by MSHA of the approval, or status of the approval, of the training plan within 30 days after the date on which the operator submitted the training plan for approval or the date on which a miner or miners’ representative requested approval of the plan [Section 46.3(f)].
The miners’ representative, if any, must be provided with a copy of the approved plan within 1 week after approval. At mines where no miners’ representative has been designated, a copy of the plan must be posted at the mine or provided to each miner within 1 week after approval [Section 46.3(g)].
If miners or miners’ representatives wish to appeal a decision of the MSHA Regional Manager, they must send the appeal. In writing, to the Director of Educational Policy and Development, MSHA, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203, within 30 days after notification of the Regional Manager’s decision. The Director will issue a decision within 30 days after receipt of the appeal [Section 46.3(h)].
A copy of the current training plan must be made available at the mine for examination by miners and their representatives. If the training plan is not maintained at the mine, the operator must have the capability to provide the plan within 1 business day upon request of the miners or their representatives [Section 46.3(I)].
For additional information, you may also refer to the MSHA Guide to Miners’ Rights and responsibilities Under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (OT-2).