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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.
What are the 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.
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? 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.
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.
You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
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).