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MSHA Mining Materials Handling Safety

Think. Don't Lift More Than You Can Handle.

Online Training Certification Course

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Mining materials handling is performed by many types of workers in the mining industry. Whether those individuals work at a surface mine, mill, or plant, manual handling of materials is a leading cause of workplace injury. This safety training course emphasizes hazard identification and safe work practices for mining material handling. It will address both manual and mechanical handling and material storage, with a focus on forklifts and material disposal.

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$29.95 per student   (21+)

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Who Is Taking This Course?

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Yourself & Others
Select if you are purchasing more than one of this course for both yourself and others. One will be assigned to you automatically, and you can assign the remainder at any time after you have completed the purchase.

Select if you are purchasing one or more of this course for others. You can assign them at any time after you have completed the purchase.

What are the governing regulations?
This online certification course is developed from MSHA material handling training standards, as well as information from the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. The material covered in this training is developed from 30 CFR Part 56. Part 56 covers a range of safety and health standards related to surface mines, including mining material handling training.

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, the only one like it in the mining industry.

Who must take this training?
Anyone responsible for materials handling is subject to a variety of injuries. This material handling certification course is designed for individuals who face hazards and risks at surface mines, including operators, supervisors, and safety personnel.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: A worker was standing on top of a flatbed trailer, guiding a forklift operator loading wooden beams. When the forklift began tipping its load onto the trailer, one of the forks hit the beams that were already loaded onto the trailer. The impact caused the forklift to bounce and swing rapidly toward the worker. The worker was struck in the head by the load and then fell from the trailer as the load fell onto him. The worker died from head injuries. He was not wearing a hard hat.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Materials Handling Safety for Mining
  • Materials Handling Definitions
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Manual Handling of Materials
  • Hazards of Manual Materials Handling
  • Safe Practices for Manual Handling of Materials
    • Safe Practices for Manual Handling of Materials-Housekeeping
    • Safe Practices for Manual Handling of Materials-Loading, Transporting, and Unloading
    • Safe Practices for Manual Handling of Materials-Moving Trailing Cables
    • Safe Practices for Stacking and Storage of Bags and Bundles
    • Safe Practices for Stacking and Storage of Barrels, Drums, and Kegs
    • Safe Practices for Stacking and Storage of Brick and Stone
    • Safe Practices for Stacking and Storage of Lumber
    • Manual Handling of Materials-Injury Prevention
  • Factors Associated with Back Disorders
  • Injury Prevention
    • Injury Prevention Ergonomics-Safe Lifting Practices
    • Injury Prevention Ergonomics-Lifting Lightweight Items
    • Injury Prevention Ergonomics-Tripod Lift
    • Injury Prevention-Driving
    • Injury Prevention-Reaching
    • Injury Prevention-Sitting
    • Injury Prevention-Standing
    • Injury Prevention-Shoveling
    • Injury Prevention-Sleeping
    • Injury Prevention-Using a Push Broom
    • Injury Prevention-Stretching and Exercise
    • Injury Prevention-Personal Protective Equipment
  • Mechanical Handling of Materials
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Cranes
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Forklifts
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Platform Lift Trucks
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Motorized Hand Trucks
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Hoists (general)
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Electrical Hoists
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Air Hoists
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Hand Operated Hoists
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Jacks
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Railroad Cars
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Slings
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Powered Industrial Trucks
    • Mechanical Handling of Materials-Powered Trucks for Special Atmospheres
  • Safety Precautions (General)
    • Safety Precautions-Operations and Maintenance
    • Safety Precautions-Visibility
    • Safety Precautions-Clearances
    • Safety Precautions-Surface Conditions
    • Safety Precautions-Pedestrians
    • Safety Precautions-Training and Evaluation
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Materials Handling Safety for Mining Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

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.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

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.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:

Annual refresher training.
  1. You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
    1. No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
    2. Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
  2. The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
  3. 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).
Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Materials Handling Safety for Mining proof of training.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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