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MSHA Underground Mining Emergency Procedures

Online Training Certification Course

Part 48

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This online course details the types of emergencies that may occur at underground mine sites. Underground mining emergency procedures are critical for prompt and efficient management of emergency operations. This safety training course covers emergency management, emergency prevention, mining safety procedures, rescue operations, and first-aid training.

Underground mine sites are hazardous work environments. Hazards such as fires, explosions, gas leaks, and floods can progress into emergency situations at any time. Mining emergency response training gives you the knowledge to act quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency.

This course is for:
Every person has the responsibility to ensure that mining safety and emergency procedures are being observed at all times. This includes operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at underground mine sites.

Case Study: On November 4, 2013, a 36-year-old longwall chief with 16 years of experience was killed while shoveling loose coal between the coal face and the pan line on a longwall section. He received crushing injuries when a solid piece of coal and cap rock fell from the coal face, striking and pinning him against the face side of the pan line. The coal and rock combination measured approximately 4 feet and 10 inches long, by 2 feet and 3 inches wide.

Key Takeaways: Always conduct a thorough examination of the roof, face, and ribs, including a visual examination and a sound and vibration test prior to miners being assigned to work or travel through a work area. Hazardous roof, face, or rib conditions must be corrected before any work or travel is permitted in the affected area.

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Governing Regulations

MSHA Part 48 regulates education and training standards for miners. Mine rescue training requirements are found in 30 CFR Part 49, and 30 CFR Part 57 details safety and health standards for underground mines.


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 Emergency Procedures Overview
  • Accident Statistics
  • General Causes of Mining Accidents
  • Applicability
  • Key Terms and Definitions
  • Site-specific Hazard Awareness Training
  • Recordkeeping
    Emergency Procedures Overview
  • Reporting Accidents
  • Dirty Dozen
  • Crisis Situations
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Emergency Response Plan Checklist
  • Best Practices for Emergency Prevention
  • Pre-Shift Examination Checklist
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Safety Programs
  • Mine Map Requirements
    Types of Emergencies
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Fire Training and Response
  • Personal Injury
  • Falls and Falling Material
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Corrosive Chemical Contact/Spills
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Vehicular Emergencies
  • Acts of Nature
  • Mine Security
    Communicating Emergencies and Implementing Rescue Operations
  • Emergency Hoists
  • Rescue Operations
  • Rescue Stations
  • Self-Rescue Devices
    First Aid
  • Training
  • Tools
  • First Aid Versus Medical Treatment
    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.