MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment

The course highlights various types of PPE, how to select appropriate PPE for various circumstances, and the training necessary for the proper use and care.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment Training Course
  • Overview of PPE Responsibilities
  • PPE Programs
  • PPE for the Eyes, Face, and Head
  • PPE for the Body, Hands, and Feet
  • Hearing Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Fall Protection

Course Description

This course is designed to help you achieve a general awareness of the PPE used at surface mine sites. The course highlights various types of PPE, how to select appropriate PPE for various circumstances, and the kind of training necessary for the proper use and care of PPE. The course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines.

The Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment Training Course

  • Examples of PPE
  • Key Terms and Definitions
  • Accident Statistics
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • OSHA Regulations
  • MSHA Regulations

Overview of PPE Responsibilities

  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Supervisor Responsibilities
  • Worker Responsibilities

PPE Programs

  • Hazard Assessment
  • PPE Selection
  • PPE Training
  • Maintenance and Storage of PPE

PPE for the Eyes, Face, and Head

  • Eyewear and Face Shields
  • Corrective Lenses
  • Welding Eye and Face Protection
  • Eye and Face Protection Training
  • Head Protection
  • Hard Hats
  • Hard Hat Care and Maintenance
  • Head Protection Training

PPE for the Body, Hands, and Feet

  • Protective Clothing and General Body Protection
  • Protective Clothing
  • Hand and Arm Protection
  • Types of Protective Gloves
  • Mesh, Leather, or Canvas Gloves
  • Fabric and Coated Fabric Gloves
  • Chemical and Liquid Resistant Gloves
  • Care and Maintenance of Gloves
  • Foot and Leg Protection
  • Types of Foot and Leg Protection
  • Protective Footwear Care and Fitting

Hearing Protection

  • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
  • Noise Exposure Levels
  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Types of Hearing Protection
  • Fit and Care of Hearing Protectors

Respiratory Protection

  • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
  • Flammable Atmosphere
  • Toxic Atmosphere
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Respirator Components
  • Types of Respirators
  • Assigned Protection Factors
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Fitting
  • Inspections

Fall Protection

  • Fall Protection Program
  • Types of Fall Protection Systems
  • Anchorage
  • Body Wear
  • Connecting Device
  • Inspections

Summary

Additional Resources

Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

This Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines. Personal Protective Equipment is required training.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:

Annual refresher training.

  • You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
    • No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
    • Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
  • The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner’s health or safety.
  • Refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to: applicable health and safety requirements, including mandatory health and safety standards; 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; transportation controls and communication systems; escape and emergency evacuation plans, firewarning and firefighting; ground conditions and control; traffic patterns and control; working in areas of highwalls; water hazards, pits, and spoil banks; illumination and night work; first aid; electrical hazards; prevention of accidents; health; explosives; and respiratory devices. Training is also recommended on the hazards associated with the equipment that has accounted for the most fatalities and serious injuries at the mines covered by this rule, including: mobile equipment (haulage and service trucks, front-end loaders and tractors); conveyor systems; cranes; crushers; excavators; and dredges. Other recommended subjects include: maintenance and repair (use of hand tools and welding equipment); material handling; fall prevention and protection; and working around moving objects (machine guarding).

What are the governing regulations?

MSHA specializes in enforcing health and safety legislation in mining, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implements safety and health legislation across all industries. So although there is a separation of powers, MSHA and OSHA work in tandem to develop compatible safety and health standards for miners. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Safety (H&S) Department monitors both OSHA and MSHA to ensure that each is enforcing effective rules and regulations to protect the health and safety of miners.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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