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Labor Watchdog to Audit Virus Effect on Mine Safety Inspections

Nov. 1, 2021, 8:53 PM

The U.S. Labor Department’s Inspector General is auditing how the Mine Safety and Health Administration has carried out its requisite health and safety inspections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The audit notice, addressed to Acting Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Jeannette J. Galanis, appeared on the Office of Inspector General’s website Monday. Under the Mine Act, MSHA is required to inspect every underground mine four times a year and surface mines twice a year.

“We will contact your audit liaison to schedule a meeting to discuss the audit objective, scope and methodology,” the notice told Galanis. “The work ...