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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.
What are the governing regulations? 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.
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? 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.
Case Study: In 2008, a cement handler at a surface cement plant and quarry was fatally injured when he fell through an open hatch on a barge. He was attempting to cover a dust collection hatch with a tarp when he fell 20 feet onto the barge floor below. He was not wearing any fall protection equipment while working near the open hatch. A policy to require fall protection when working near open hatches could have prevented this fatality.
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).