MSHA Underground Mining Personal Protective Equipment
Online Training Certification Course
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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.
What are the 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.
To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by an approved MSHA instructor. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.
Who must take this training? 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.
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.
Federal law requires all miners to complete annual safety training to prevent accidents and injuries. Mine operators must provide at least eight hours of refresher training annually. This mining PPE training course can be used as part of an annual recertification program.