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MSHA Surface Mining Hazards

Online Training Certification Course

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Working at a surface mine presents numerous hazards, including explosions, cave-ins, fire, chemicals, dust, electricity, and more. Understanding surface mining hazards is critical to worker safety. This online training course provides some best practices for accident prevention during day-to-day operations at surface mines. It also outlines the MSHA surface mining hazard training requirements for assessing, avoiding, and managing these worksite hazards.

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This surface mining hazard online training course is intended for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at a mine site. Even personnel not directly involved in mining operations are entitled to safety training, including surface mining hazards.

Available languages: 100+ languages - translation provided by Google Translate (Select Language bottom of page)

Case Study: On July 26, 2012, a 49-year-old equipment operator with 18 weeks of mining experience was killed at a portable crushing operation. He was standing on the discharge end of a 150-foot stacker belt conveyor, greasing the head pulley, when a coworker started the conveyor. The victim fell off the conveyor approximately 50 feet to the ground below.

Key Takeaways: One of the reasons this accident occurred is due to improper lockout/tagout procedures.

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Governing Regulations

MSHA creates the standards that ensure the safety of mine workers. MSHA Part 46 regulates the safety training required for surface mines.


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 Hazards Overview Training Course
  • Accident Statistics
  • General Causes of Mining Accidents
  • Applicability
  • Key Terms and Definitions
  • Site-specific Hazard Awareness Training
  • Recordkeeping
    Health Hazards
  • Health Hazards Overview
    Inhalation Hazards
  • Dust Exposure
  • Gases and Vapors
    Physical Hazards
  • Noise Exposure Overview
  • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
  • Noise Exposure Levels
  • Vibration White Finger
  • Fires
  • Heat Stress
  • Falls, Slips, and Trips
  • Ergonomical Hazards
    Hazardous Materials
  • Explosives
  • Storage of Explosive Material
  • Other Resources
  • Hazard Communication
    Operations Hazards
  • Transportation Hazards
  • Traffic Signs and Warning Signals
  • Dumping Hazards
  • Equipment Hazards
  • Crushing and Screening
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Welding and Cutting Hazards
  • Equipment Inspections
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
    Environmental Hazards
  • Damage to Land
  • Damage to Water Sources
  • Surface Mining Reclamation
  • Surface Mining Reclamation-Backfilling
    Risk Assessment
  • SLAM - Risk Management for Miners
  • SMART - Risk Management for Operators
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
    Hazard Reporting
  • Dirty Dozen
  • Surface Mine Inspections
    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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