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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 Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines. Personal Protective Equipment is required training.
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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 Personal Protective Equipment 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 Personal Protective Equipment online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Significant hazards exist at surface mine sites. They may take the form of falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noises, and many other potentially dangerous situations. 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 at surface mines as well as the associated preventative procedures.
Controlling a hazard at its source is the best way to protect employees. When both engineering controls and administrative controls fail to provide sufficient protection against hazards, the use of protective clothing or equipment is a supplementary method of control.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards. Using PPE requires training; it is important for the miner to be aware that PPE does not completely eliminate the hazard. If the equipment fails or is improperly fitted or used, exposure to the hazard will occur.
This course is designed to help you achieve a general awareness of the PPE used at surface mine sites. The course highlights various types of PPE, how to select appropriate PPE for various circumstances, and the kind of training necessary for the proper use and care of PPE. The course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment Training Course
- Examples of PPE
- Key Terms and Definitions
- Accident Statistics
- Regulatory Agencies
- OSHA Regulations
- MSHA Regulations
- Overview of PPE Responsibilities
- Employer Responsibilities
- Supervisor Responsibilities
- Worker Responsibilities
- PPE Programs
- Hazard Assessment
- PPE Selection
- PPE Training
- Maintenance and Storage of PPE
- PPE for the Eyes, Face, and Head
- Eyewear and Face Shields
- Corrective Lenses
- Welding Eye and Face Protection
- Eye and Face Protection Training
- Head Protection
- Hard Hats
- Hard Hat Care and Maintenance
- Head Protection Training
- PPE for the Body, Hands, and Feet
- Protective Clothing and General Body Protection
- Protective Clothing
- Hand and Arm Protection
- Types of Protective Gloves
- Mesh, Leather, or Canvas Gloves
- Fabric and Coated Fabric Gloves
- Chemical and Liquid Resistant Gloves
- Care and Maintenance of Gloves
- Foot and Leg Protection
- Types of Foot and Leg Protection
- Protective Footwear Care and Fitting
- Hearing Protection
- Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
- Noise Exposure Levels
- Hearing Conservation Program
- Types of Hearing Protection
- Fit and Care of Hearing Protectors
- Respiratory Protection
- Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
- Flammable Atmosphere
- Toxic Atmosphere
- Respiratory Protection
- Respirator Components
- Types of Respirators
- Assigned Protection Factors
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Fall Protection
- Fall Protection Program
- Types of Fall Protection Systems
- Body Wear
- Connecting Device
- 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).