The mine inspector shall inspect, at least once every three months, every active underground mine in the state employing fifty or more persons, and at least once each year, every other mine. The inspector shall inspect the operation, conditions, safety appliances, machinery, equipment, sanitation and ventilation, the means of ingress and egress, the means taken to protect the lives, health and safety of the miners, the cause of accidents and deaths occurring at the mine, and the means taken to comply with provisions of this title.
The education and training Program certifies Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) instructors, develops lesson plans, conducts classes, and organizes safety conferences for mine safety education and training. The emphasis is placed on miner's rights and current health and safety regulations in compliance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Title 30 CFR, Part 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 58 and 62.
In addition to mining company employees, contractors, vendors and others regularly exposed to mine hazards at a mine property are required to have various levels of training furnished by the Education and Training division.
Stay Out Stay Alive is a national public awareness campaign to warn the public about the dangers of exploring and playing on mine property. The campaign is a partnership made up of federal and state agencies, private organizations, businesses, and individuals. Together, we deliver our safety message to schools, social groups, religious establishments, and community events all across Arizona.
The Reclamation Division's primary responsibility is the approval (or denial) of mined land reclamation plans submitted by all metalliferous & aggregate mining units and exploration operations with surface disturbances greater than five acres on private lands within the State of Arizona.
The Division reviews and analyzes reclamation plans (including reclamation cost estimates), and makes recommendations to the State Mine Inspector for approval or denial of proposed plans.
August ASMI Newsletter
The August ASMI Newsletter is now available.
Reclamation Public Meetings
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 27-1229, Notice of plan or substantial change; new exploration operations; new aggregate mining units Laws 2005, Ch.322, § 1.