Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment


Mines pose grave threat to workers in terms of various hazards, risks and unexpected dangers which can lead to mishaps, grievous injuries and even deaths. Understanding the nature of threats and using proper personal protection equipments (PPEs) can reduce dangers and keep minors safe and healthy in and around surface mines.

This online course is MSHA compliant and hence meets the guidelines to educate students on surface mining personal protective equipments, different types, how to select right PPE, training methodologies, compliances and managing various kinds of risks at surface mines.

Governing regulations

Government regulations are stringent on employers in meeting prescribed safety standards in mines as proposed by MSHA and OSHA. While MSHA has been entrusted specially to enforce health and safety practices in mining industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes care of implementing safety and health standards across all industries.

So, even they are separate entities, OSHA and MSHA work in unison to ensure that minors are provided reliable safety and healthy environment. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Safety (H&S) Department supervises both MSHA and OSHA to make sure that effective safety rules and regulations are followed and maintained in safeguarding minors from various occupational hazards and health risks.

As safety is also the responsibility of workers associated with mines, everyone is expected to adhere health and safety practices and regulations at all times to remain safe and healthy. While employers should take the lead in providing right information, congenial work culture and effective supervision, the supervisors and managers are responsible to ensure that all workers are provided adequate safety training, personal protective equipments and follow safety instructions as per MSHA and OSHA regulations. Mining workers need to follow the instructions and adhere to the rules and safe practices.

Mining companies must be MSHA compliant and conduct regular training programs for workers by competent safety personnel. Your company can use this course or any of our mining safety courses to become MSHA compliant.

Mining companies can approach us to plan a comprehensive training program with our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course, which is the only course available in the entire mining industry.

Course Overview

The MSHA Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) course is designed to help learners acquire awareness on PPEs used by workers at surface mine locations. Candidates are trained on various aspects of using protective gears at surface mines, possibilities of risks and dangers at mine sites, how to choose the right protective equipment to prevent from a particular hazard, regulations and safety standards applicable for miners, compliant procedures and proper use of PPE.

Who Must Take this Course?

This Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment course is ideal for heavy equipment operators at mines, transport providers, safety managers, work supervisors, and all other workers who work at surface mines. The course can create awareness on various threats and hazards and how one can protect with the help of personal protective equipment.

Course Format

Our Surface Mining Personal Protective Equipment online certification course has been bundled with high quality content, graphical and audio presentations, self-analytical questions and final exam.

Candidates completing the course are provided with course completion certificate along with the wallet card.

Continuing education credits?

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

Topics Covered

  • 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