Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Underground Mining Hazards Overview


Underground mine sites are filled with hazards. Miners and other individuals who work on mine sites must acquire an understanding of the risks and hazards as well as the associated preventive procedures and behaviors. This course is designed to help achieve a general awareness of the health and safety hazards that exist at underground mine sites and focuses on highlighting various types of underground mining hazards and providing some best practices for accident prevention during normal daily operations.

Governing regulations

To help American mines operate safely, congress enacted the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (“MINER Act”). The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, was established in 1978 to regulate the mining industry and enforce these acts.

Every person at a mine site has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are observed at all times. The employer is responsible for providing information, instruction, and supervision to all workers. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all workers are properly trained and are compliant with MSHA and OSHA regulations. And workers are responsible for observing all MSHA and OSHA standards and practicing safe work habits.

To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by a competent person. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.

If you are unsure how to write a training plan we can help with our Part 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining industry.

Course Overview

This course presents an overview of the hazards that exist at underground mine sites. It also outlines the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) safety requirements for assessing and avoiding or managing those hazards.

Who Must Take this Course?

This MSHA Underground Mining Hazards Overview online training course is targeted at operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at underground mines. Every person at a mine site has the responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are being observed at all times.

Course Format

Our Underground Mining Hazards Overview online course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

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

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to the MSHA Underground Mining Hazards Overview Training Course
    • Accident Statistics
    • Applicability
    • Key Terms and Definitions
    • Hazard Training
    • Training Records
  • Overview of the Information Ahead
  • Equipment Hazards
    • Powered Haulage Equipment
    • Blind Spots
    • Pinch Points
    • Belt Conveyors
    • Welding and Cutting Hazards
    • Hand Tools
  • Electrical Hazards
    • Electrical Safety
    • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Fire Hazards
    • Fire Control and Prevention
    • Rock Dusting
  • Chemical Hazards
    • Explosives
    • Storage of Explosive Material
    • Other Resources
    • Hazardous Communications
  • Respiratory Hazards
    • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
    • Flammable Atmosphere
    • Toxic Atmosphere
    • Gases
    • Gas Sampling
    • Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM)
    • DPM Control
    • Dust
    • Health Effects of Dust
    • Dust Control
    • Ventilation
    • Respiratory Protection
  • Structural Hazards
    • Roof and Rib Support
    • Roof and Ground Hazards Control
  • Other Physical Hazards
    • Falls, Slips, and Trips
    • Ergonomics
    • Heat Stress
    • Noise Exposure
    • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
    • Noise Exposure Levels
    • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Risk Assessment
    • SLAM—Risk Management for Miners
    • SLAM—Risk Management for Operators
    • Controls
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Controls
  • Hazard Reporting
    • Hazard and Accident Reporting Procedures
    • Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
    • The Dirty Dozen
    • Mining Inspections
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam