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To help American mines operate safely, congress enacted the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act ("MINER Act"). The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, was established in 1978 to regulate the mining industry and enforce these acts.
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 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining industry.
Who must take this course?
The course is designed for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at underground 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 Underground Mining Confined Spaces 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 MSHA Underground Mining Confined Spaces training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course reviews the hazards of working in confined spaces at underground mine sites. It also outlines safety requirements for assessing, avoiding, and managing those hazards in compliance with regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to the MSHA Underground Mining Confined Spaces Training Course
- Regulatory Agencies
- Record Keeping
- Accident Statistics
- Key Terms and Definitions
- Overview of Confined Spaces
- Types of Confined Spaces: Permit-Required Confined Space (PRCS)
- Types of Confined Spaces: Non-Permit-Required Confined Space
- Entry Requirements and Responsibilities: Employer
- Entry Requirements and Responsibilities: Entry Supervisor
- Entry Requirements and Responsibilities: Entrant
- Entry Requirements and Responsibilities: Attendant
- Entry Requirements and Responsibilities: Independent Contractor
- Confined Space Program Requirements
- Confined Space Permit
- Elements of a Confined Space Permit
- Pre-Entry Preparation
- Atmospheric Hazards
- Classification of Atmospheric Hazards
- Oxygen-Deficient Atmospheres
- Flammable Atmospheres
- Toxic Atmospheres
- Atmospheric Testing and Monitoring
- Physical Hazards
- Equipment Hazards
- Electrical Hazards
- Temperature Extremes
- Wet Surfaces
- Psychological Hazards
- Confined Space Hazard Control
- Engineering Controls
- Administrative Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
- Emergency Response Plan
- Fire Safety
- Respiratory Equipment
- Isolating Hazardous Energy
- Roof Support
- Additional Resources
According to MSHA 30 CFR § 48.8:
Annual refresher training.
- Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
- The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
- Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner's tasks.
- 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.
- Barricading. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
- 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.
- First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
- Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
- Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents, and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
- 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:
- 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
- Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
- 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.
- Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
- 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.
- Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
- 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.
- 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.