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HHS - 932 - Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameMine Safety and Health Research Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number932
Original Establishment Date11/19/1977Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date11/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter11/30/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*George
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameW.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Luxbacher
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*30 U.S.C. 812Designated Federal Officer Phone*(404) 498-2808
Effective Date Of Authority*11/9/1977Designated Federal Officer Fax*(404) 498-2570
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides guidance and direction on high priority worker health & safety research topics for the mining industry through dialogue with the Director, Associate Director for Mining, key research staff, and through annual public meetings. The mining safety and health research program focused on several high priority topics including the mine worker health program, haul truck health & safety issues including the safety of workers interacting with automated vehicles, research to develop an end-of-shift respirable crystalline silica monitor to reduce exposure, fatigue research for worker safety, update on a replacement mine for the Lake Lynn Experimental Mine to conduct research to prevent mine explosions and fires, and an update of the NIOSH mining strategic plan to address mine worker health and safety issues. The Committee continues to be part of the process of review, development and implementation of the research programs in these areas and the input and guidance from the Committee has been valuable. There were other notable accomplishments from the Committee, however, these examples were identified as the most critical needs for the organization.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is comprised of 10 public members and 3 ex-officio members including minority and female representatives. The membership includes a balanced mix of members representing key mining stakeholder groups of labor and industry, as well as knowledgeable members from the health and safety community, the scientific arena and academia.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings take place annually, at the discretion of the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Associate Director for Mining, and the Chair, but on occasion meetings have been held twice a year when necessary. The meetings are very relevant as the Committee provides direction and guidance on high priority topics and research needs for the mining industry. This guidance is used by NIOSH leadership in formulating research programs.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The health and safety research needs of the mining industry are both complex and varied and the guidance and input received from the Committee helps ensure that NIOSH’s mining program addresses the needs on a timely basis. Since the Committee is composed of representatives from all major mining stakeholder groups and representatives from the occupational health and safety community, the input received during the committee meetings is invaluable for program planning. The Committee members also provide help and guidance on conducting NIOSH research studies by identifying appropriate locations and sites for specific experiments, and also the transfer of NIOSH products and information to mine workers..
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings are closed to the public.
Recommendation RemarksNo formal reports are required in the charter or legislation; the committee provides advice and recommendations through various means other than formal reports. Two existing Workgroups, each formed to research, gather data, conduct a mining stakeholder meeting, and draft a report for MSHRAC to review, deliberate, and consider recommendations concluded during the year. One Workgroup was on the current understanding of disease burden within the US mining workforce related to the implementation of CDC/NIOSH's Miner Health Program, and the other was on health and safety research needs associated with the implementation of automation and advanced technology in the U.S. metal mining industry.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee is composed of representatives from all major stakeholder groups of the mining community. This includes industry representatives from the coal and non-coal mining segments, labor representatives for the mining workforce, other government agencies (federal) and the academic community. The input received from the members and the message they carry back to their respective organization has helped the collaboration and implementation of research projects at specific mine sites and the technology transfer of research findings to the mining industry.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentMSHRAC is not a grant review committee.
Number Of Recommendations*25Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations are based on activities of 2 Workgroups that conducted a mining stakeholder meeting, and drafted a report for MSHRAC to review, deliberate, and consider recommendations. One recommendation is for NIOSH research for worker safety at metal mines implementing automation technology. The other recommendation is for the development and implementation of the NIOSH Miner Health Program strategic plan.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll recommendations have been accepted by the agency.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Committee provides a scientific and peer-review outlook of the current mining health and safety research program as well as guidance for future program planning. The program reviews have focused on the high-priority research topics and the Committee helps ensure the scientific integrity of these programs. The members of the Committee have helped transfer the knowledge and findings from the research program by carrying the information back to their respective organizations. In some cases Committee members have provided assistance and direction in finding appropriate field sites for conducting research experiments once the laboratory phase of the study has been completed.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$5,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$10,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$3,930.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$7,860.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$56,068.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$54,408.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,516.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,549.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,302.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,644.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$6,685.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$6,751.00
Total Costs$77,501.00Est. Total Next FY*$92,212.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.43Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.52
Cost RemarksEst Cost RemarksPayments to federal staff decreased in FY21 due to support staff changes.
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Interest Areas

Occupational Safety and Health
Workforce and Occupations
Basic Research
Research and Development


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036405Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034609Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001636Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002341Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2016
 COM-004097Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004432Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005866Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006941Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007938Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009106Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010252Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010800Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011943Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012568Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2006
 COM-014044Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014735Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016025Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016498Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017869Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018715Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019882Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020340Mine Health Research Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021523Mine Health Research Advisory Committee1997