The Safety and health in mines research advisory board (SHMRAB) is one of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) independent advisory bodies. It is a sub-committee of the Mining Industry Committee (MIC), which replaced the Deep Mined Coal Industry Advisory Committee (DMCIAC) during 2003, and now embraces both coal and non-coal mining. SHMRAB is chaired by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Mines and has up to ten members representing employers and employees in the British 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 2003.
As well as advising HSE and MIC, SHMRAB's remit includes providing information to the mining industry on research matters relevant to improving health and safety standards in the industry. This review summarises progress made during 2003 on research within SHMRAB's remit.