Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview


This safety training program has been designed to provide general awareness on hazards and risk perceptions exist at surface mining sites and educate learners about various safety and health practices to manage hazards and risks workers daily face in and around mining sites. The course trains students as per the guidelines of MSHA to make them better safety professionals capable of assessing and managing hazards.

Governing regulations

Surface mines must be safety complaint as per the regulations prescribed by two most important nodal government recognized agencies – MSHA and OSHA. While MSHA oversees mining industry to follow health and safety regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been empowered to ensure safety regulations across all industries. OSHA and MSHA work together to develop scalable workplace safety and risk management practices for miners. MSHA and OSHA come under the purview of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Safety (H&S) Department which monitors both the enforcement agencies for effective implementations of safety standards and regulations for the safety of miners.

It is also important that every minor should follow safety rules and healthy practices to remain safe. Employers at mines are responsible for effective communication of instructions, information and supervision to all workers. While supervisors and managers at mines must ensure that all the workers are adequately informed and trained, equipped with safety support system and compliant as per MSHA and OSHA regulations, workers are responsible to follow all MSHA and OSHA safety rules, practices and regulations.

Mining companies must have a training plan approved by MSHA to become health and safety compliant. The training should be provided by competent safety experts. Mining companies and their associates can use this or any of our safety courses as part of their training plans.

We can guide you to prepare a comprehensive training program with our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course, which is the best available course in the mining industry.

Course Overview

This training course provides an overview of the dangers and risks associated with working in surface mines. The course provides students a general awareness on safety and administers precautions, principles and compliance as per MSHA safety standards and regulations.

Who Must Take this Course?

This MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview offers online training course for students and working professionals who can be lift or transport operators, mangers, supervisors, safety officers, executives, and all other general workers at surface mine sites.

Course Format

Our Surface Mining Hazards Overview course is highly recognized for those seeking occupations in mining industry. The course has been packed with good quality content, audio, graphics, revision questions, and a final exam.

Every successful student will be getting a hardcopy of completion certificate along with a printable wallet card.

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this e-learning course.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to the MSHA Surface Mining Hazards Overview Training Course
    • Accident Statistics
    • General Causes of Mining Accidents
    • Applicability
    • Key Terms and Definitions
    • Site-specific Hazard Awareness Training
    • Recordkeeping
  • Health Hazards
    • Health Hazards Overview
  • Inhalation Hazards
    • Dust Exposure
    • Gases and Vapors
  • Physical Hazards
    • Noise Exposure Overview
    • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
    • Noise Exposure Levels
    • Vibration White Finger
    • Fires
    • Heat Stress
    • Falls, Slips, and Trips
    • Ergonomical Hazards
  • Hazardous Materials
    • Explosives
    • Storage of Explosive Material
    • Other Resources
    • Hazard Communication
  • Operations Hazards
    • Transportation Hazards
    • Traffic Signs and Warning Signals
    • Dumping Hazards
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Crushing and Screening
    • Belt Conveyors
    • Welding and Cutting Hazards
    • Equipment Inspections
    • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Environmental Hazards
    • Damage to Land
    • Damage to Water Sources
    • Surface Mining Reclamation
    • Surface Mining Reclamation-Backfilling
  • Risk Assessment
    • SLAM – Risk Management for Miners
    • SMART – Risk Management for Operators
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
  • Hazard Reporting
    • Dirty Dozen
    • Surface Mine Inspections
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam