The Safety and health in mines research advisory board (SHMRAB) is one of the Health and Safety Commission’s (HSC) independent advisory bodies and a sub-committee of the Deep Mined Coal Industry Advisory Committee (DMCIAC). SHMRAB is chaired by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Mines and has up to ten members representing employers and employees in the British coal mining industry and eight adviser members with relevant expertise in research or mining. Current members are listed in the appendix along with others who contributed to SHMRAB's work during 2001.
As well as advising HSC and DMCIAC, SHMRAB's remit includes providing information to the deep mined coal industry on research matters relevant to improving health and safety standards in the industry. This review summarises progress made during 2001 on research within SHMRAB's remit.