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Under the Mine Act, the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act), and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), miners are given a wide array of rights and responsibilities. Every miner has a responsibility to know his or her rights and what to do if he or she feels those rights have been violated.
Every person at a mine site has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are observed at all times. The employer is responsible for providing information, instruction, and supervision to all workers. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all workers are properly trained and are compliant with MSHA and OSHA regulations. And workers are responsible for observing all MSHA and OSHA standards and practicing safe work habits.
To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by a competent person. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.
If you are unsure how to write a training plan we can help with our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course and our Part 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only ones like it in the mining industry.
Who must take this course?
This course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at mines.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Miners' Rights and Responsibilities proof of training.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Miners' Rights and Responsibilities online training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course presents an overview of miners' right and responsibilities. It also outlines the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) requirements and protocol for exercising those rights and responsibilities.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to the MSHA Miners' Rights and Responsibilities Overview Training Course
- Key Terms and Definitions
- Personal Rights Under the Mine Act
- Right to Representation
- Representative Qualification
- Procedures for Nominating a Representative
- Representative Responsibilities
- Protected Activities
- Reporting Misconduct
- Hazard Reporting
- Participating in Inspections
- Participating in Enforcement Hearings
- Idle Pay
- Work Refusal
- Health Protection Rights Under the Mine Act
- Underground Coal Mining and Black Lung Disease
- Exposure to Diesel Particulate Matter at Underground Metal/Nonmetal Mines
- Right to Health and Safety Training
- Part 46 Training Rights
- Part 48 Training Rights
- Rights Regarding New and Revised Standards or Regulations
- Petitioning for Safety Standard or Regulation Modifications
- Information Rights
- Rights Regarding Emergency Preparedness and Protocol
- Underground Coal Mines—Plans
- Underground Coal Mines—Emergency Evacuations, Drills, and Training
- Underground Coal Mines—Mine Maps
- Underground Coal Mines—Ventilation Plan Changes
- Underground Coal Mines—Examinations and Reports Records
- Underground Coal Mines—Ground Failure and Fire Suppression
- Surface Coal Mine and Surface Areas of Underground Coal Mines
- Underground Metal/Nonmetal Mines
- Responsibilities of Miners and Supervisors
- Miner Responsibilities
- Supervisor Responsibilities
- Additional Resources
According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:
Annual refresher training.
- You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
- No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
- Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
- The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
- Refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to: applicable health and safety requirements, including mandatory health and safety standards; information about the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the miner's work area, the protective measures a miner can take against these hazards, and the contents of the mine's HAZCOM program; transportation controls and communication systems; escape and emergency evacuation plans, firewarning and firefighting; ground conditions and control; traffic patterns and control; working in areas of highwalls; water hazards, pits, and spoil banks; illumination and night work; first aid; electrical hazards; prevention of accidents; health; explosives; and respiratory devices. Training is also recommended on the hazards associated with the equipment that has accounted for the most fatalities and serious injuries at the mines covered by this rule, including: mobile equipment (haulage and service trucks, front-end loaders and tractors); conveyor systems; cranes; crushers; excavators; and dredges. Other recommended subjects include: maintenance and repair (use of hand tools and welding equipment); material handling; fall prevention and protection; and working around moving objects (machine guarding).
According to MSHA 30 CFR § 48.8:
Annual refresher training of miners; minimum courses of instruction; hours of instruction.
- Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
- The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
- Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner's tasks.
- Transportation controls and communication systems. The course shall include instruction on the procedures for riding on and in mine conveyances; the controls in effect for the transportation of miners and materials; and the use of the mine communication systems, warning signals, and directional signs.
- Barricading. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
- Roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans. The course shall include a review of roof or ground control plans in effect at the mine and the procedures for maintaining and controlling ventilation. In addition, for underground coal mines, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the course shall include a review of the emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction in effect at the mine.
- First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
- Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
- Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents, and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
- Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of self-rescue and respiratory devices used at the mine. In addition, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the training for self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) devices shall include:
- Hands-on training in the complete donning of all types of self- contained self-rescue devices used at the mine, which includes assuming a donning position, opening the device, activating the device, inserting the mouthpiece, and putting on the nose clip; and
- Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
- Explosives. The course shall include a review and instruction on the hazards related to explosives. The only exception to this course component is when there are no explosives used or stored on the mine property.
- Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
- Health. The course shall include instruction on the purpose of taking dust, noise, and other health measurements and any health control plan in effect at the mine shall be explained. The health provisions of the Act and warning labels shall also be explained.
- Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
- Refresher training may include other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to, information about the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the miner's work area, the protective measures a miner can take against these hazards, and the contents of the mine's HazCom program.
- Where annual refresher training is conducted periodically, such sessions shall not be less than 30 minutes of actual instruction time and the miners shall be notified that the session is part of annual refresher training.