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MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview

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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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What are the governing regulations?
MSHA creates the standards that ensure the safety of mine workers. MSHA Part 46 regulates the safety training required for surface mines.

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.

If you are 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 industry.

Who must take this training?
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.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

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

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Surface Mining Hazards Overview online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

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.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

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.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:

Annual refresher training.
  1. You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
    1. No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
    2. Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
  2. The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
  3. 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).
Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview Training printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

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

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