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West Virginia Miners' Health, Safety & Training

Our Mission

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training is responsible for the supervision of the execution and enforcement of the provisions of the state’s mining laws and rules. Prime consideration is given to the protection of the safety and health of persons employed within or at the mines of the state. In addition, the agency protects and preserves mining property and property used in connection with mining activities.

Our Organization

MHST is one of the oldest state agencies in West Virginia. The agency can trace its roots back to 1883 when the first West Virginia mine safety act was passed by the Legislature.

Currently, the agency consists of approximately 135 employees assigned to either Charleston (headquarters) or one of the four regional offices. Staff includes inspectors, safety instructors and administrative support personnel at each location.
The agency impartially executes and enforces the state’s mining laws and administrative rules in a cooperative spirit through a comprehensive approach that includes not only inspection, enforcement and investigative activities, but also by aggressively conducting timely and functional training activities focused on all segments of the mining industry.

Our Role
  • Conduct underground, surface and electrical inspections of more than 700 mines, quarries and coal handling facilities, as well as approximately 2,500 independent contracting companies.
  • Improve the safety of West Virginia’s miners and contract workers at each job site.
  • Advance the use of protective equipment, such as mine refuge chambers, self-contained self-rescuers, and emergency communication and tracking systems.
  • Provide industry training, review of safety programs for all facilities, and conduct certification examinations.
  • Maintain highly-trained and well-equipped mine rescue teams in each region.
  • Investigation of all serious mining accidents.
  • Issue permits and approvals to mine operators.
  • Maintain industry statistics.
  • Develop and publish industry training materials.
Eugene White Greg Norman

West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training
1615 Washington St. East
Charleston, WV 25311
Fax: 304-558-1282

Regional Offices

Westover Regional Office
14 Commerce Dr.,
Suite #1
Westover, WV 26501
Fax: 304-285-3275

Oak Hill Regional Office
550 Industrial Dr.
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Fax: 304-469-4059

Danville Regional Office
137 Peach Court,
Suite 2
Danville, WV 25053
Fax: 304-369-7826

Welch Regional Office
891 Stewart St.
Welch, WV 24801
Fax: 304-436-2100