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
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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