Exemptions to certifications will not be granted, but due dates will be extended by at least the time we are under the President’s Emergency Declaration for COVID-19

In addition, MSHA recognizes that some mining operations are not running at full capacity and have limited crews working. If a mine operator alerts MSHA to changes in production at a site, MSHA will, to the extent possible, limit the number of inspectors sent to that mine for a regular inspection proportional with the mine’s continuing operations.

Remember , workers are still required to have necessary certifications and training. This will not be exemptions, just an extension. New miners must be trained before beginning work. 

Please reach out to your District Manager with any questions, concerns, or changes you are planning.