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MSHA Underground Mining Personal Protective Equipment

Online Training Certification Course

Part 48

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Underground mining operations pose numerous hazards to worker safety and health. Without safety training and proper mining protective equipment, miners risk life-threatening accidents and injuries.

Mining personal protective equipment (PPE) includes clothing and equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards. Although PPE in mining is considered the last line of defense for workers, its use does not completely eliminate hazards. This online training course covers underground mining personal protective equipment, including how to select the appropriate PPE for specific circumstances.

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This Part 48 PPE training applies to operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at underground mines. Training is necessary to ensure the proper use and care of mining protective clothing and safety equipment.

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Case Study: In a safety video for Peabody Coal Company, a maintenance manager recounts an accident that nearly left him blind. The manager was on a longwall face as a face chain was being run though a pan line. He was approximately 85 feet away from the shear when the face chain broke and a resulting projectile broke through the right lense of his safety glasses, striking his eye and severely damaging his vision. The supervisor performed first aid, and the manager was transported to the hospital where he was treated for 5 days as surgeons attempted to save his eye. He was then confined to his home, and his mobility was limited for several weeks as his eye healed. He has since regained most of his vision.

Key Takeaways: To limit the possibility of lasting injuries, the manager recommends wearing safety glasses even when a safe distance from any hazards. At 85 feet away from the shear, he was not required to wear his glasses. Had he not chosen to wear them anyway, the surgeons say he would have lost his eye.

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Governing Regulations

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) works to reduce and prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in mining operations. MSHA PPE standards are found in 30 CFR Parts 56 and 57. Training and retraining requirements, including for underground mining PPE, are found in MSHA Part 48.


IT IS YOUR COMPANYS RESPONSIBILITY to Record and certify that each miner has received training required under this part on MSHA Form 5000-23 , or on a form that contains the information listed in paragraph (b) of 30 CFR § 46.9

If you are a mine owner or supervisor and unsure how to write a training plan, we can help with our Part 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining training industry.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to the MSHA Underground Mining Personal Protective Equipment
  • 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 Training
  • PPE Selection
  • Maintenance and Storage of PPE
    PPE for the Eyes, Face, and Head
  • Eyewear and Face Shields
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Head Protection
  • Hard Hats
  • Hard Hat Care and Maintenance
    PPE for the Body, Hands, and Feet
  • Protection from Chemical and Physical Hazards
  • Reflective 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
  • Fitting
  • Assigned Protection Factors
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Inspections
    Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection Program
  • Types of Fall Protection Systems
  • Body Wear
    Emergency Equipment
  • Self-Rescue
    Additional Resources

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.

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 than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

In addition to initial new and experienced miner training, workers must complete annual refresher training. Annual experienced miner training includes topics that are relevant to health and safety hazards of underground mining.

  1. Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
  2. The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
    1. Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner's tasks.
    2. Transportation controls and communication systems. The course shall include instruction on the procedures for riding on and in mine conveyances; the controls in effect for the transportation of miners and materials; and the use of the mine communication systems, warning signals, and directional signs.
    3. Barricading. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
    4. Roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans. The course shall include a review of roof or ground control plans in effect at the mine and the procedures for maintaining and controlling ventilation. In addition, for underground coal mines, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the course shall include a review of the emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction in effect at the mine.
    5. First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
    6. Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
    7. Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents, and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
    8. Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of self-rescue and respiratory devices used at the mine. In addition, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the training for self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) devices shall include:
      1. Hands-on training in the complete donning of all types of self- contained self-rescue devices used at the mine, which includes assuming a donning position, opening the device, activating the device, inserting the mouthpiece, and putting on the nose clip; and
      2. Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
    9. Explosives. The course shall include a review and instruction on the hazards related to explosives. The only exception to this course component is when there are no explosives used or stored on the mine property.
    10. Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
    11. Health. The course shall include instruction on the purpose of taking dust, noise, and other health measurements and any health control plan in effect at the mine shall be explained. The health provisions of the Act and warning labels shall also be explained.
    12. Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
  3. Refresher training may include other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to, 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.
  4. Where annual refresher training is conducted periodically, such sessions shall not be less than 30 minutes of actual instruction time and the miners shall be notified that the session is part of annual refresher training.

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