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MSHA specializes in enforcing health and safety legislation in mining, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implements safety and health legislation across all industries. So although there is a separation of powers, MSHA and OSHA work in tandem to develop compatible safety and health standards for miners. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Safety (H&S) Department monitors both OSHA and MSHA to ensure that each is enforcing effective rules and regulations to protect the health and safety of miners.
Every person at a mine site has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are observed at all times. The employer is responsible for providing information, instruction, and supervision to all workers. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all workers are properly trained and are compliant with MSHA and OSHA regulations. And workers are responsible for observing all MSHA and OSHA standards and practicing safe work habits.
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 course?
Significant hazards exist in confined spaces at surface mine sites. In order to moderate them, miners and other individuals who work on mine sites must acquire a better understanding of the risks and hazards of working in a confined space as well as the associated preventative procedures and behaviors.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Surface Mining Confined Spaces proof of training.
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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Surface Mining Confined Spaces online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Welcome to the MSHA Surface Mining Confined Spaces Training course. This course is designed to help you achieve a general awareness of the health and safety hazards that exist in confined spaces at surface mine sites. This course highlights various hazards found in confined spaces at surface mine sites and provides best practices for accident prevention during operations in such spaces. The course is designed for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Confined Spaces Training Course
- Regulatory Agencies
- Record Keeping
- Accident Statistics
- 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
- Equipment Hazards
- Electrical Hazards
- Temperature Extremes
- 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
- Additional Resources
According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:
Annual refresher training.
- 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).
Other related Compliance Training Online® courses (see our complete list of courses) include:
- MSHA Part 46 New Miner
- MSHA Part 46 Refresher
- Making an MSHA Part 46 Training Plan
- MSHA Surface Mining Material Handling
- MSHA Mining Electrical Safety Training
- MSHA Miners Rights & Responsibilities
- MSHA Part 56 Surface Powered Haulage Equipment and Safety
- MSHA Part 48 Subpart B
- MSHA Surface Mining Emergency Procedures
- MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview
- MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment
- MSHA Surface Mining Traffic Patterns & Controls
- OSHA Cold Stress & Injury Safety
- OSHA Fork Lift Training
- OSHA General & Maritime Silica Safety
- OSHA GHS Hazard Communication (Right to Know)
- OSHA Hearing Conservation & Protection
- OSHA Heat Stress & Illness Safety
- OSHA Labor & Industry Ergonomics
- OSHA Lockout Tagout
- OSHA Machine Guarding
- OSHA Outdoor Biological Hazards
- OSHA Respiratory Protection
- Workplace First Aid