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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.
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 course?
This MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview online training course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines.
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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 MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview Training printable certificate and wallet card.
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 Hazards Overview online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course presents an overview of the hazards that exist at surface mine sites. It also outlines the Mine Safety and Health Administration's safety requirements for assessing and avoiding or managing those hazards.
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
- Key Terms and Definitions
- Site-specific Hazard Awareness Training
- Health Hazards
- Inhalation Hazards
- Dust Exposure
- Gases and Vapors
- Physical Hazards
- Noise Exposure Overview
- Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
- Noise Exposure Levels
- Vibration White Finger
- Heat Stress
- Falls, Slips, and Trips
- Ergonomical Hazards
- Hazardous Materials
- 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
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).