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Six Online Mining Safety Courses - How to Get the Proper MSHA Training & Certification Online

May 31, 2010 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

In April 2010, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia claimed the lives of 29 workers in one of the most tragic mining accidents in the past forty years. Mining is dangerous work—and even with the utmost care and attention to safety, accidents sometimes happen.

If you’re a mining professional, you can increase your knowledge of mining safety by taking an online class. Here are just a few classes you can take online that will help you make your workplace safer for yourself and your colleagues. 

MSHA Part 48 Surface Mining Refresher

This course is designed for professionals looking to refresh and update their knowledge of Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Part 48 requirements for above-ground mines and operations. This MSHA safety training class applies to both metal and non-metal mines, and people who might benefit from such training includes Mining personnel such as drillers, blasters, equipment operators, truck drivers, welders, crane operators,
electricians, and construction workers who work at the mine full-time or as contractors.


Mining is a dangerous job. But with some education regarding typical workplace hazards, you can work to make it a little less dangerous. 


MSHA Part 46 Refresher

This class will help you brush up on your knowledge of Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Part 46 requirements for shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, and surface limestone mines. This MSHA online training class helps you create a safe working environment at these types of mines, avoiding regular and unexpected hazards in open pit mines and crushing operations, to help you fulfill MSHA training requirements.

Use of Explosives in the Workplace
This mining safety class will help you safely use explosives in the workplace. It will familiarize you with different types of explosives, introduce you to ways to identify and minimize risks associated with their use, and how to secure explosives in a construction environment.

Walking and Working Surfaces

This course is designed for anyone in a workplace where there are hazards in the floors, or any workplace where workers have to use ladders, stairs and scaffolding regularly. It can apply to mining safety as well as safety in other workplaces. It looks into the consequences of poor housekeeping around ladders and stairs, how to build a safe stairway, proper management and maintenance of portable ladders, and how to avoid incidents caused by unsafe climbing on scaffolding or floor hazards.

Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering

This degree program gives students a thorough knowledge of coal, metal, and aggregates mining. You’ll also learn about related fields such as highway, dam and power station construction as well as weapons systems. Requiring 33 credit hours, this Master’s degree program educates students on the mining process, the design and selection of equipment and tools for different phases, and how to save mining-related problems in a cost-efficient and effective way. The coursework is administered entirely online by the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Welding, Cutting and Brazing for General Industry

In some mining positions, you or your subordinates may have to work with welding, cutting and brazing tools—and you’ll need to comply with OSHA requirements for their safe use. This class can apply to mining safety, and takes students through the OSHA guidelines as well as basic best practices for safe welding, different types of welding and safe use of tools, and specific prevention of safety issues common to oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting, arc welding and cutting and resistance welding. Topics covered include fire prevention, ventilation, service piping systems and manifold cylinders, and protection of personnel.

Excavation Safety

This online mining safety course gives you the basics of excavation safety based on OSHA standards and how to avoid hazards including lack of oxygen in a confined space, toxic fumes, water accumulation, and cave-ins. Students will learn how to spot hazards, prevent injury, and excavate safely while protecting employees on the job. This course is available both in English and Spanish .

Mining is a dangerous job. But with some education regarding typical workplace hazards, you can work to make it a little less dangerous. Study MSHA safety guidelines for Part 46 and Part 48 mining operations as well as how to safely work in confined spaces, deal with floor and scaffolding hazards, use explosives safely, and even earn a degree in mining engineering. With this education, you may be able to prevent a mining disaster.


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