Annual refresher training of miners; minimum courses of instruction; hours of instruction.
(a) Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher
training as prescribed in this section.
(b) 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)Escape and emergency evacuation plans; firewarning and
firefighting. The course shall include a review of the mine escape system;
escape and emergency evacuation plans in effect at the mine; and instruction
in the firewarning signals and firefighting procedures.
(4)Ground control; working in areas of highwalls, water
hazards, pits, and spoil banks; illumination and night work. The course shall
include, where applicable, a review and instruction on the highwall and
ground control plans in effect at the mine; procedures for working safely in
areas of highwalls, water hazards, pits, and spoil banks; the illumination of
work areas; and safe work procedures during hours of darkness.
(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)Health. The course shall include instruction on the
purpose of taking dust measurements, where applicable, and 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
(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
(10)Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall
include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of
self-rescue and respiratory devices, where applicable.
(11) Such other courses as may be required by the District
Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
(c) 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.
(d) All persons employed as shaft or slope construction workers on June 28, 2006 must receive annual refresher training within 12 months of June 2006.
(e) 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
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