MSHA Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner
Underground Mining Online Training Certification Course
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This course contributes toward the 40 hours of new miner training required by MSHA and covers basic concepts and a general overview of the regulations, including proper methods and rules that new miners must follow before, during, and after working at a mine. This course is geared toward anyone working in a mine and aims to provide safety to new miners. Note that this course has been designed to train new miners prior to their first day on the job.
What are the governing regulations? This course presents an overview of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) New Miner Training for MSHA Part 48 training requirements. The mine operator must provide task and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered herein.
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.
Case Study: On August 8, 1998, a 40-year-old utility worker at an underground coal mine was using a single-boom roof bolting machine to install roof bolts in the face area. He installed eight of the fourteen roof bolts (including two rib bolts for a wide corner) in three rows. The victim then moved the roof bolting machine inby and drilled a hole for the first bolt in the fourth row. Then, the roof in the unsupported area behind him fell, inflicting fatal injuries.
The pattern of roof bolt installation resulted in the victim being under an unsupported roof during drilling and installation. The roof-bolting machine was not equipped with a canopy protecting the machine's drilling controls. The operator of a single-head roof bolting machine must be protected by the roof support provided by the rib and the ATRS while installing the first roof bolt in a row.
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.