30 CFR § 49.18
Training for mine rescue teams.
(a) Prior to serving on a mine rescue team each member shall
complete, at a minimum, an initial 20-hour course of instruction as
prescribed by MSHA's Office of Educational Policy and Development, in
the use, care, and maintenance of the type of breathing apparatus which
will be used by the mine rescue team.
(b) Upon completion of the initial training, all team members shall
receive at least 96 hours of refresher training annually, which shall
include participation in local mine rescue contests and training at the
covered mine. Training shall be given at least 8 hours every 2 months
and shall consist of:
(1) Sessions underground at least once each 6 months;
(2) The wearing and use of the breathing apparatus by team members
for a period of at least 2 hours while under oxygen every 2 months;
(3) Where applicable, the use, care, capabilities, and limitations
of auxiliary mine rescue equipment, or a different breathing apparatus;
(4) Advanced mine rescue training and procedures, as prescribed by
MSHA's Office of Educational Policy and Development;
(5) Mine map training and ventilation procedures; and
(6) The wearing of mine rescue apparatus while in smoke, simulated
smoke, or an equivalent environment at least once during each 12-month
(c) A mine rescue team member will be ineligible to serve on a team
if more than 8 hours of training is missed during 1 year, unless
additional training is received to make up for the time missed.
(d) The training courses required by this section shall be
conducted by instructors who have been employed in an underground mine
and have had a minimum of 1 year experience as a mine rescue team
member or a mine rescue instructor within the past 5 years, and who
have received MSHA approval through:
(1) Completion of an MSHA or State approved instructor's training
course and the program of instruction in the subject matter to be
(2) Designation by the District Manager as approved instructors to
teach specific courses, based on their qualifications and teaching
experience outlined above. Previously approved instructors need not be
re-designated to teach the approved courses as long as they have taught
those courses within the 24 months prior to the effective date of this
(e) The District Manager may revoke an instructor's approval for
good cause. A written statement revoking the approval together with
reasons for revocation shall be provided the instructor. The affected
instructor may appeal the decision of the District Manager by writing
to the Administrator for Coal Safety and Health. The Administrator
shall issue a decision on the appeal.
(f) Upon request from the District Manager, the operator shall
provide information concerning the schedule of upcoming training.
(g) A record of training of each team member shall be on file at
the mine rescue station for a period of 1 year.