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First Substitute S.B. 224
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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions related to mines and mining to enact the Coal Mine Safety
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . defines terms;
14 . establishes the scope and administration of the chapter;
15 . addresses rulemaking;
16 . creates the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety;
17 . provides for the appointment of the director;
18 . creates the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council and establishes its duties;
19 . establishes the commission's and office's duties related to safety conditions;
20 . addresses the reporting of safety conditions in coal mines;
21 . requires annual reports on safety by the commission, office, and council;
22 . provides for the commission by rule to require certification and recertification of
23 other coal mine occupations including the certification of a new coal miner; and
24 . makes technical and conforming amendments.
25 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 34A-1-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 155
33 40-2-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 40-2-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
35 40-2-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 40-2-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
37 40-2-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 40-2-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 40-2-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 40-2-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
41 40-2-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 RENUMBERS AND AMENDS:
43 40-2-104, (Renumbered from 40-2-1.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter
45 40-2-204, (Renumbered from 40-2-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter
47 40-2-401, (Renumbered from 40-2-16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter
49 40-2-402, (Renumbered from 40-2-15, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter
52 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
53 Section 1. Section 34A-1-202 is amended to read:
54 34A-1-202. Divisions -- Creation -- Duties -- Labor Relations Board, Appeals
55 Board, councils, and panels.
56 (1) There is created within the commission the following divisions and office:
58 requirements of this title concerning industrial accidents and occupational disease;
59 (b) the Division of Occupational Safety and Health that shall administer the regulatory
60 requirements of Chapter 6, Utah Occupational Safety and Health Act;
61 (c) the Division of Boiler and Elevator Safety that shall administer the regulatory
62 requirements of Chapter 7, Safety;
63 (d) the Division of Antidiscrimination and Labor that shall administer the regulatory
64 requirements of:
65 (i) Chapter 5, Utah Antidiscrimination Act;
66 (ii) this title, when specified by statute; and
67 (iii) Title 57, Chapter 21, Utah Fair Housing Act; [
68 (e) the Division of Adjudication that shall adjudicate claims or actions brought under
69 this title[
70 (f) the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created in Section 40-2-201 .
71 (2) In addition to the divisions created under this section, within the commission are
72 the following:
73 (a) the Labor Relations Board created in Section 34-20-3 ;
74 (b) the Appeals Board created in Section 34A-1-205 ;
75 (c) the following program advisory councils:
76 (i) the workers' compensation advisory council created in Section 34A-2-107 ;
77 (ii) the antidiscrimination and labor advisory council created in Section 34A-5-105 ;
79 (iii) the occupational safety and health advisory council created in Section 34A-6-106 ;
81 (iv) the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created in Section 40-2-203 ; and
83 Section [
84 (3) In addition to the responsibilities described in this section, the commissioner may
85 assign to a division a responsibility granted to the commission by law.
86 Section 2. Section 40-2-101 is enacted to read:
89 40-2-101. Title.
90 This chapter is known as the "Coal Mine Safety Act."
91 Section 3. Section 40-2-102 is enacted to read:
92 40-2-102. Definitions.
93 As used in this chapter:
94 (1) "Adverse action" means to take any of the following actions against a person in a
95 manner that affects the person's employment or contractual relationships:
96 (a) discharge the person;
97 (b) threaten the person;
98 (c) coerce the person;
99 (d) intimidate the person; or
100 (e) discriminate against the person, including to discriminate in:
101 (i) compensation;
102 (ii) terms;
103 (iii) conditions;
104 (iv) location;
105 (v) rights;
106 (vi) immunities;
107 (vii) promotions; or
108 (viii) privileges.
109 (2) "Coal mine" means:
110 (a) the following used in extracting coal from its natural deposits in the earth by any
111 means or method:
112 (i) the land;
113 (ii) a structure;
114 (iii) a facility;
115 (iv) machinery;
116 (v) a tool;
117 (vi) equipment;
118 (vii) a shaft;
120 (ix) a tunnel;
121 (x) an excavation; and
122 (xi) other property; and
123 (b) the work of preparing extracted coal, including a coal preparation facility.
124 (3) "Commission" means the Utah Labor Commission created in Section 34A-1-103 .
125 (4) "Commissioner" means the commissioner appointed under Section 34A-1-201 .
126 (5) "Director" means the director of the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety appointed
127 under Section 40-2-202 .
128 (6) "Council" means the Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created in Section
129 40-2-203 .
130 (7) "Mine Safety and Health Administration" means the federal Mine Safety and
131 Health Administration within the United States Department of Labor.
132 (8) "Major coal mine accident" means any of the following at a coal mine located in
134 (a) a mine explosion;
135 (b) a mine fire;
136 (c) the flooding of a mine;
137 (d) a mine collapse; or
138 (e) the accidental death of an individual at a mine.
139 (9) "Office" means the Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created in Section 40-2-201 .
140 (10) "Panel" means the Coal Miner Certification Panel created in Section 40-2-204 .
141 (11) "Unsafe condition" means a danger that reasonably could be expected to cause
142 serious harm to a person or property.
143 Section 4. Section 40-2-103 is enacted to read:
144 40-2-103. Scope and administration of chapter.
145 (1) This chapter applies to any coal mine located in the state.
146 (2) The commission:
147 (a) shall administer this chapter with the assistance of the office; and
148 (b) has jurisdiction over a coal mine in this state as set forth in this chapter.
149 Section 5. Section 40-2-104 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-1.1 is
152 In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
154 Section 6. Section 40-2-201 is enacted to read:
156 40-2-201. Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety created.
157 (1) There is created within the commission the "Utah Office of Coal Mine Safety."
158 (2) The office, under the direction of the commissioner, shall assist the commission in
159 administering this chapter.
160 Section 7. Section 40-2-202 is enacted to read:
161 40-2-202. Appointment of director.
162 (1) The director is the chief officer of the office and serves as the executive and
163 administrative head of the office.
164 (2) (a) The commissioner shall appoint the director.
165 (b) The director may be removed from that position at the will of the commissioner.
166 (3) The director shall receive compensation as provided by Title 67, Chapter 19, Utah
167 State Personnel Management Act.
168 (4) The director shall be experienced in administration and possess such additional
169 qualifications as determined by the commissioner.
170 Section 8. Section 40-2-203 is enacted to read:
171 40-2-203. Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council created -- Duties.
172 (1) Within the office there is created the "Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council"
173 consisting of 13 voting members and 5 nonvoting members as provided in this section.
174 (2) (a) The commissioner shall appoint the voting members of the council as follows:
175 (i) one individual who represents a coal miner union;
176 (ii) two individuals with coal mining experience;
177 (iii) two individuals who represent coal mine operators;
178 (iv) one individual who represents an industry trade association;
179 (v) two individuals from local law enforcement agencies or emergency medical service
182 (A) seismology;
183 (B) mining engineering;
184 (C) mine safety; or
185 (D) another related subject; and
186 (vii) two individuals from entities that provide mine safety training.
187 (b) The nonvoting members of the council are:
188 (i) the commissioner or the commissioner's designee;
189 (ii) the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources or the executive
190 director's designee;
191 (iii) the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety or the commissioner's
193 (iv) a representative of the Mine Safety and Health Administration selected by the
194 Mine Safety and Health Administration; and
195 (v) a representative of the federal Bureau of Land Management selected by the federal
196 Bureau of Land Management.
197 (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), a voting member shall serve a
198 four-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
199 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the commission shall, at the
200 time of appointment of the initial voting members of the council, adjust the length of terms of
201 the voting members to ensure that the terms of voting members are staggered so that
202 approximately half of the voting members are appointed every two years.
203 (4) (a) The commissioner shall terminate the term of a voting member who ceases to be
204 representative as designated by the voting member's original appointment.
205 (b) If a vacancy occurs in the voting members, the commissioner shall appoint a
206 replacement for the unexpired term after soliciting recommendations from the council
208 (5) (a) The council shall meet at least quarterly.
209 (b) A majority of the voting members constitutes a quorum.
210 (c) A vote of the majority of the members of the council when a quorum is present
211 constitutes an action of the council.
213 (b) The commission shall staff the council.
214 (7) (a) (i) A member who is not a state or local government employee may not receive
215 compensation or benefits for the member's service, but may receive per diem and expenses
216 incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the
217 Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
218 (ii) A member who is not a state or local government employee may decline to receive
219 per diem and expenses for the member's service.
220 (b) (i) A state government officer and employee member who does not receive salary,
221 per diem, or expenses from the agency the member represents for the member's service may
222 receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at
223 the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
224 (ii) A state government officer and employee member may decline to receive per diem
225 and expenses for the member's service.
226 (c) (i) A local government member who does not receive salary, per diem, or expenses
227 from the entity that the member represents for the member's service may receive per diem and
228 expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by
229 the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
230 (ii) A local government member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the
231 member's service.
232 (8) The council shall advise and make recommendations to the commission, the office,
233 and the Legislature regarding:
234 (a) safety of coal mines located in Utah;
235 (b) prevention of coal mine accidents;
236 (c) effective coal mine emergency response;
237 (d) coal miner certification and recertification; and
238 (e) other topics reasonably related to safety of coal mines located in Utah.
239 Section 9. Section 40-2-204 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-14 is renumbered
240 and amended to read:
244 (2) The panel consists of:
245 (a) the commissioner or the commissioner's designee; and
246 (b) at least eight other members appointed by the commissioner with equal
247 representation and participation from:
251 (3) A member appointed by the commissioner shall:
252 (a) have at least five years' experience in coal mining in this state;
253 (b) administer the certification test to [
254 Section [
255 (c) consult with the commission about applicant qualifications specified in Section
257 (d) meet when directed by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee; and
258 (e) hold office at the pleasure of the commissioner.
260 (4) A panel member who is not a government employee may not receive compensation
261 or benefits for [
262 the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of
263 Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
271 Section 10. Section 40-2-301 is enacted to read:
273 40-2-301. Commission and office responsibilities.
Senate Committee Amendments 2-25-2008 rd/po(1) The commissioner shall:
275 (a) direct the state's efforts to promote coal mine safety; and
276 (b) S. [
276a an investigation of a major coal mine accident in Utah.
277 (2) The commission shall establish by rule, made in accordance with Title 63, Chapter
278 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act:
279 (a) a system consistent with Section 40-2-302 to receive, evaluate, and act on a report
280 of an alleged unsafe condition at a coal mine; and
281 (b) requirements for a coal mine operator regarding notification of a coal mine accident
282 as part of a coal mine operator's emergency response plan.
283 (3) The office may:
284 (a) conduct one or more studies to promote coal mine safety;
285 (b) cooperate with educational and other organizations to promote mining engineering
286 and mine safety training;
287 (c) establish a cooperative relationship with the Mine Safety and Health Administration
288 to promote coal mine safety in Utah;
289 (d) serve as the lead state agency in developing and implementing state and local
290 response and communication plans for major coal mine accidents in Utah; and
291 (e) implement the notification requirements established under Subsection (2)(b).
292 Section 11. Section 40-2-302 is enacted to read:
293 40-2-302. Reporting of an unsafe condition in coal mines -- Adverse action
295 (1) Subject to the other provisions of this section, upon the office's receipt of
296 information from a person of a possible unsafe condition in a coal mine located in Utah, the
297 office may:
298 (a) notify the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration;
299 (b) notify another appropriate federal, state, or local government agency;
300 (c) contact the operator of the coal mine;
301 (d) refer the information to the council on a confidential basis; or
302 (e) take any other authorized action.
303 (2) The commission, council, or office may not disclose or otherwise make public the
304 identity of a person who reports a possible unsafe condition in a coal mine located in Utah
307 (3) A coal mine operator may not take adverse action against a person because that
309 (a) reports an alleged unsafe mine condition; or
310 (b) testifies, assists, or participates in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or
311 hearing under this chapter.
312 Section 12. Section 40-2-303 is enacted to read:
313 40-2-303. Annual report on coal mine safety.
314 (1) By October 1 of each year, the commission, office, and council shall compile and
315 submit to the governor and the Legislature a comprehensive report of the status of coal mine
316 safety within the state for the immediately preceding calendar year.
317 (2) The report required by this section shall include:
318 (a) a compilation of major coal mine accidents or other coal mine emergencies within
319 the state during the calendar year;
320 (b) a statement of actions by the commission, office, or council to implement this
322 (c) without a breach in confidentiality, a summary of reports of alleged unsafe
323 conditions received by the office, with a statement of the office's responses;
324 (d) recommendations for additional action to promote coal mine safety; and
325 (e) any other items the commission, office, and council consider appropriate.
326 Section 13. Section 40-2-401 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-16 is
327 renumbered and amended to read:
330 (1) A person may not work in [
331 40-2-402 unless granted a certificate by the [
332 (2) (a) (i) The [
333 mine foreman certificate or a temporary coal mine surface foreman certificate to an applicant
334 who is:
335 (A) recommended by a coal mine; and
337 (ii) A certificate [
338 effect until:
339 (A) the next scheduled certification test;
342 (B) the person is retested; or
343 (C) the commission terminates the certificate.
344 (b) (i) The [
345 certificate to a current holder of an underground mine foreman certificate, if the applicant has
346 three years of varied surface mining experience.
347 (ii) A surface foreman certificate applicant may receive credit for surface experience in
348 any other industry that has substantially equivalent surface facilities, if the applicant has
349 performed or is presently performing the duties normally required of a surface foreman.
350 (3) (a) The [
351 (3)(b) for each temporary certificate.
352 (b) The [
354 (4) (a) An owner, operator, contractor, lessee, or agent may not employ a worker in any
355 occupation referred to in Section [
356 (b) The certificate shall be on file and available for inspection to interested persons in
357 the office of the coal mine.
358 (5) The commission shall grant a certificate to an applicant referred to in Section
359 40-2-402 who:
360 (a) passes the certification test administered by the panel; and
361 (b) meets the qualifications specified in Section 40-2-402 .
362 (6) (a) The commission may grant a certificate to an applicant involved in gilsonite or
363 other hydrocarbon mining as provided by rule.
364 (b) The commission shall enact rules governing the certification procedure, test, and
365 qualifications for applicants involved in gilsonite or other hydrocarbon mining.
366 (7) The commission may by rule require certification and recertification of other coal
368 Section 14. Section 40-2-402 , which is renumbered from Section 40-2-15 is
369 renumbered and amended to read:
371 (1) The [
374 (a) the taking of a certification test; or
375 (b) the retaking of one or more sections of a certification test.
376 (2) (a) The [
378 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection 63-38-3.2 (2)(e), the [
379 (i) shall retain the fees as dedicated credits; and
380 (ii) may only use the fees to administer the certification test.
381 (3) An applicant who fails any section of the certification test may retake that section
382 of the test.
383 (4) (a) An applicant who wishes to obtain a mine foreman certificate shall have at least
384 four years varied underground coal mining experience, of which:
385 (i) two years' experience may be credited to a mining engineering graduate of an
387 (ii) one year's experience may be credited to a graduate of a two-year course in mining
389 (b) (i) An applicant who wishes to obtain a surface foreman certificate shall have at
390 least three years of varied surface experience.
391 (ii) The [
392 applicant credit for surface experience in any other industry that has substantially equivalent
393 surface facilities.
394 (c) An applicant who wishes to obtain a fire boss certificate shall have at least two
395 years of underground coal mining experience, of which:
396 (i) one year's experience may be credited to a mining engineering graduate of an
399 mining technology.
400 (d) An applicant who wishes to obtain an underground mine electrician certificate shall
401 have at least one year of varied electrical experience as specified in 30 C.F.R. Sec. 75.153.
402 (e) An applicant who wishes to obtain a surface mine electrician certificate shall have
403 at least one year of varied surface electrical experience as specified in 30 C.F.R. Sec. 77.103.
404 (5) A certificate [
405 shall expire if the certificate holder ceases to work in the mining industry or a mine related
406 industry for more than five consecutive years.
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