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MSHA Surface Mining Confined Spaces

Online Training Certification Course

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Surface mining confined space hazards put workers at increased risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. To manage these unsafe work conditions, this online certification course details important MSHA confined space entry standards. Miners must be adequately informed and trained for the hazards they will encounter in a Part 46 confined space. This safety training course highlights various hazards found in a mining confined space and provides best practices for accident prevention.

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Miners and other individuals who work on mine sites will benefit from understanding mining confined space safety. This online training course will cover the risks and hazards of working in a confined space, as well as preventative procedures and behaviors for surface confined space work. It is designed for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines.

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Case Study: On January 31, 1989, a 29-year-old male maintenance worker died while attempting to repair a pipe at the bottom of a sewer manhole. A 43-year-old maintenance coworker also went into the manhole to attempt rescue, but collapsed and died as well. The accident occurred because the atmosphere of the manhole was not regularly tested or ventilated.

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Governing Regulations

MSHA enforces health and safety standards in mines, and OSHA implements safety and health regulations across all industries. MSHA confined space regulations are detailed in 30 CFR Parts 56 and 57.


IT IS YOUR COMPANYS RESPONSIBILITY to Record and certify that each miner has received training required under this part on MSHA Form 5000-23, or on a form that contains the information listed in paragraph (b) of 30 CFR § 46.9.

If you are a mine owner or supervisor and 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 training industry.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Confined Spaces Training Course
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Record Keeping
  • Accident Statistics
  • Applicability
  • Key Terms and Definitions
    Overview of Confined Spaces
  • Types of Confined Spaces: Permit-Required Confined Space (PRCS)
  • Types of Confined Spaces: Non-Permit-required Confined Space
  • Entry Requirements and Responsibilities
  • Confined Space Program Requirements
  • Confined Space Permit
  • Elements of a Confined Space Permit
  • Pre-Entry Preparation
    Atmospheric Hazards
  • Classification of Atmospheric Hazards
  • Oxygen-Deficient Atmospheres
  • Flammable Atmospheres
  • Toxic Atmospheres
  • Atmospheric Testing and Monitoring
    Physical Hazards
  • Engulfment
  • Equipment Hazards
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Wet Surfaces
  • Psychological Hazards
    Confined Space Hazard Control
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Fire Safety
  • Respiratory Equipment
  • Isolating Hazardous Energy
  • Purging
  • Ventilation
    Additional Resources

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.

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 than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Miners must receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training. It must address health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations, as well as instructions on changes at the mine that could impact the miner's health or safety. Online training makes it easy to track and monitor annual refresher training, ensuring miners are following MSHA Part 46 regulations.

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).

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

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