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Part 46 and Part 48 Training

These two areas of training required by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are designed to prevent accidents and fatalities in both the coal and metal and nonmetal mining industries through safety training. The Department, while not an enforcement authority of the requirements of these two federal regulations is very instrumental in assisting the various operators in complying with them. Through the use of qualified instructors including the use of instructors from junior colleges of whom most are experienced in the mining industry, the Department offers training in all areas of mining including the required First Aid and CPR training at the request of the operator. In order to assist the industry, the instructors are prepared to cover all topics required by the regulations such as Hazard Awareness and Recognition, Underground Mine Ventilation, Roof and Ground Control, Safe operating procedures for machinery, Electrical safety, etc.

Both the training regulations require orientation training of new miners, newly employed experienced miners, annual refresher training. In addition, the miner is required to be trained in any new task which is assigned. This task ranges from manual labor type work such as shoveling spillage around a conveyor to operating a new piece of equipment in which the miner is unfamiliar with.

The Department is equipped to provide the industry with assistance in all the above mentioned areas. Being diversified in all areas of mining, the Department provides qualified experienced instructors for any topic of the mining that the operator may request. This includes training sessions at the mine in the form of safety meetings, one or two hour sessions during the course of the one day annual refresher training or full day training in all areas up to and including First Aid and CPR. The topics covered by the instructors can vary as to the operator's needs or possibly areas that the Department has determined to require additional training.

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