Surface Mining Online Training Certification Course
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This course is designed to help the experienced miner achieve a greater awareness of the health and safety hazards inherent in surface mining at underground mine sites. The course aims to provide experienced miners with a greater understanding of surface mine health and safety hazards, the regulations that accompany work at a mine, and the rights of miners.
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.
Who must take this training? New miners and newly hired experienced miners must receive training BEFORE they begin work at the mine. MSHA also requires annual refresher training for experienced miners in accordance with Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 48.28. This training must cover health and safety factors, prevalent hazards, and emergency procedures.
Case Study: In 2012, the Unimin mining company reduced hand injuries by 53 percent by implementing new PPE policies.
A study determined that hands and fingers were the most injured body parts in the industrial minerals industry. Unimin changed its policy to require its employees to wear gloves at all times outside of any controlled environment. Employees were issued gloves based on the hazards associated with their individual tasks. After the three-month pilot program, hand injuries requiring first aid or medical treatment were reduced by 53 percent, and Unimin expanded the program to all of its facilities.
Key Takeaways: Although PPE does not completely eliminate hazards, it is nevertheless useful in preventing accidents that could lead to injury or death of miners.
Many hazards are present at a surface mine site, and understanding those hazards is critical to your safety and the safety of your fellow miners. Accordingly, MSHA requires 24 hours of new miner training for new miners and eight hours of refresher training for experienced miners after each year of mining. When a miner completes new miner training, and before he or she is assigned to work duties, the miner must demonstrate through oral, written, or practical methods that he or she has successfully completed this training and understands the material covered. A newly employed miner with less than 12 months of mining experience, and who has received new miner training within 36 months prior to his or her employment at the mine, does not have to repeat this training. Before the miner starts work, however, the employer must provide the miner with experienced miner training and, if applicable, new task training. The operator must also provide the miner with annual refresher training and additional new task training when necessary throughout the miner's employment.