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The material covered in this training is derived from Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR), Part 56. Part 56 covers a range of safety and health standards related to surface mines.
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 Traffic Patterns and Controls safety 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 printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Surface Mining Traffic Patterns & Controls 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 Traffic Patterns & Controls online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Welcome to the MSHA Surface Mines Traffic Patterns and Controls safety course. This course will inform you about the hazards associated with the movement of heavy machinery, passenger vehicles, and pedestrians in and around surface mines. Many vehicle-related accidents and fatalities occurring at mine worksites result from dangerous conditions that can be avoided through safety-focused planning, training, and work habits. The information in this course can serve as the basis for improving surface mine safety every day.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Traffic Hazards in Surface Mines
- Traffic Patterns and Control
- Safety Responsibilities
- Terms to Know
- Mine Site Traffic Safety
- The Site Design Plan
- Road System Layout
- Traffic Patterns
- Pedestrian Safety
- Pedestrian Safety Best Practices
- Haul Road Safety
- Haul Road Width
- Sight Distance
- Sight Distance-In Bad Weather or After Dark
- Sight Distance-At Intersections
- Sight Distance-For Passing
- Stopping Distance
- Following Distance
- Construction and Maintenance of Berms
- Ensuring Safe Grades
- Runaway Truck Measures
- Dump Site Safety
- Controlling the Movement of Traffic
- Speed Limits
- Speed Limits-Best Practices on Haul Roads
- Reporting Unsafe Signage
- Typical Signs in Surface Mines
- Custom Signage
- Warnings, Signals, and Alarms
- 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).