The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed a new substance abuse rule. As this article is being written, public comments are being submitted up to and including October 29, 2008. The goal of the rule is laudable—every miner has a right to work in a drug and alcohol-free workplace. But the proposed rule, if implemented, will upend already-established drug and alcohol policies and programs, impose a “one size fits-all” program upon all mine operators, regardless of size, and require full compliance with the new standard within one year for new substance abuse programs, and within two years for existing programs. A few illustrations will serve to highlight the sweeping changes the rule will require.
Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine