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Miner Safety Training

Mining is an industry that has been around since the industrial revolution, and despite many advances in technology, it remains a dangerous, dirty job. For those brave enough to travel down into mines in search of natural resources, there are some very important safety measures to refer to over and over again to make sure that every precaution has been taken. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Miners.

OSHA Required Training

Confined Spaces OSHA Regulation: 1910.146(g)

When OSHA Requires Confined Spaces Training:

Confined space training is required for authorized entrants, attendants, and entry supervisors. Essentially this includes anyone who works in a confined space as well as the attendant. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

OSHA does not specifically require training. However annual retraining is an industry best practice.

Downloadable Confined Spaces Training Resources (free):

  • Confined Spaces Training Powerpoint

  • Confined Spaces Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Confined Spaces Training Videos (paid):

  • Confined Space Entry by Atlantic Training

  • Confined Space Entry Retraining by Atlantic Training

  • HAZWOPER Confined Space Entry by Atlantic  Training

Hearing Protection OSHA Regulation: 1910.95(k)

When OSHA Requires Hearing Protection Training:

Employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Hearing Protection Training Resources (free):

  • Hearing Protection Powerpoint

  • Hearing Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hearing Protection Training Videos (paid):

  • Hearing Conservation Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hearing Conservation (PPE) by Atlantic Training

  • Ultimate Hearing Conservation by Atlantic Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Workplace Violence

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Workplace Violence Training Resources (free):

  • Workplace Violence Powerpoint

  • Workplace Violence Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Workplace Violence Training Videos (paid):

  • Workplace Violence by Atlantic Training

  • Safety Matters: Active Shooter Preparedness by Coastal Training

  • Workplace Violence First Line of Defense by Coastal Training

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

CPR & AED

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable CPR & AED Training Resources (free):

  • CPR & AED Powerpoint

  • CPR & AED Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

CPR & AED Training Videos (paid):

  • CPR 2000 by Atlantic Training

  • CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival by Coastal Training

  • Adult Child and Infant CPR and AED by Atlantic Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

1.3% (rough approximation based on mining industry) 1.3% Annual Injury Rate

Miner Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Most modern electronic devices contain over 35 minerals that were taken directly from mines around the world. The rapid demand for newer, better gadgets means that mining won’t be slowing down anytime soon, so as mining continues to grow, make sure that safety remains a top priority.

Mining is an industry that has been around since the industrial revolution, and despite many advances in technology, it remains a dangerous, dirty job. For those brave enough to travel down into mines in search of natural resources, there are some very important safety measures to refer to over and over again to make sure that every precaution has been taken. In the dark reaches of a mine, workers are completely reliant on their equipment and each other to make sure the job is done correctly and they all come home safe and sound. Because of this importance, these tips should be taken very seriously to protect yourself and your co-workers from serious injury and even death.

Tool safety

  • Only certified, well-trained operators should work heavy machinery like a caterpillar or forklift. Anyone operating such a machine should have a good understanding of its use, dangers, and load capacity.
  • Never operate heavy machinery when other miners are in the area, make sure everyone is clear before large-scale drilling begins.
  • Keep all other tools well organized, never leave them out or lying around on the ground where others might trip or step on them.
  • Make sure all flashlights and lines of communication are functional before going into a mine.
  • Ensure proper training for smaller machines and tools, even a hammer can be dangerous if it isn’t used properly. Jack hammers, nail guns, power drills can be especially dangerous if the operator is not aware of how they work and how best to control them.
  • Replace frayed or old electrical cables as soon as possible, and do it with care to make sure that no one is hurt by out of date equipment.

Wear the Proper Gear

  • Hard hats should be worn at all times. Small objects falling from high above can cause sever head trauma. If a hard hat sustains any damage, make sure and promptly replace it.
  • Protect your eyes and face from blowing dust, debris, and hazardous fumes with goggles and appropriate breathing masks.
  • Wear only footwear that is slip and puncture resistant.

Avoid falls

  • Pay particular attention to walkways in dark mines; watch out for hazards that might cause you to trip and fall.
  • Communicate with your co-workers; make sure they know where you are at all times.

Stay healthy

  • The fumes and chemicals present in mines can be dangerous to your health. Make sure that you are not only wearing the proper masks, but also having regular check ups to monitor your respiratory system.
  • Do not work if you are feeling ill. If you have a fever, you could infect your co- workers or be unable to concentrate during a dangerous situation.
  • Exercise and eat properly when at home to stay in shape and better handle such a physically demanding job.

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