Mining Program

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) State Grants Program distributes federal grants to 49 States, Puerto Rico and the Navajo Nation for safety and healthtraining for miners. MCET received this grant, in partnership with MDE, initially in 2004. Today, this program delivers training for miners and mining sub-contractors throughout our State.

What are we doing in Maryland?

MCET delivers industry-specific safety and safety training courses and programs which are designed to reduce injuries and mining accidents, and illness. Our programs are geared to the employees - surface miners, coal miners, the Metal and Nonmetal industry, and the Maryland Surface Coal Mining industry.

How does this help you?

We believe a well-delivered training program is necessary to address injury prevention.  We will work with you to deliver training geared towards your written training program when we provide Part 46 training, New Miner training, 8 Hour Refresher training, and other industry-specific training components. We believe our success with these sessions is related to the combination of the support, input and feedback from the mining industry and the commitment of the MCET trainers.

What specific training can MCET deliver?

MCET gathered information from the advisory board and from your feedback to determine state-wide training needs.  We have developed and delivered the following training courses:  Part 46 New Miner, Part 46 Annual Refresher 8 Hour, Part 48 New Miner, Part 48 Annual Refresher 8 Hour, and other sessions such as CPR & First Aid.


MCET's Training Courses


Part 46 – 8 Hour Annual Refresher

Miners at surface mines must have annual updates and site-specific training as required by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) under title 30 CFR Part 46.8, Subpart C. This Annual Refresher is designed to provide surface metal/nonmetal miners with training related to mine safety and health topics which are relevant to their mining operations. Topics covered include: hazard recognition and prevention; health and safety standards; fall protection; mobile equipment hazards; and first aid methods.

Part 46 - New Miner (Above Ground)

Surface mines have a responsibility to train new miners in compliance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulations in 30 CFR Part 46.5, Subparts B and C.  This course is designed to provide surface metal/nonmetal new miners with training related to mine safety and health topics which are relevant their mining operations.

Part 48 - 8 Hour Annual Refresher

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires miners working at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines to complete annual training under title 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B.  This course is designed to provide surface miners with the knowledge of mine safety and health topics that are relevant to mining operations at the mine.  Topics covered include:  mandatory heath and safety standards, transportation controls and communication systems, electrical hazards, ground control, first aid, explosives, escape and emergency evacuation plans, firefighting/warning systems, and self rescue/respiratory devices.

Part 48 - New Miner (Surface Mines)

New miner personnel at surface mines need to have training as specified by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) that follows the regulations in 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B.  This course is designed to provide surface metal/nonmetal new miners with a broad knowledge of mine safety and health topics such as introduction to the work environment, hazard recognition, and health and safety aspects of the tasks to which the new miners will be assigned.

Ergonomics for Drivers and Equipment Operators

The prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders for drivers and equipment operators in industrial sectors such as: mining, construction, forestry, municipal, transportation workers (delivery, long haul), and railway workers, etc., can be addressed by providing training in ergonomics.  In this session, participants will gain the knowledge and skills to assess all aspects of ergonomics for heavy equipment operators while also studying the health effects and assessments of whole body vibration.  Topics covered will include: aspects of equipment ergonomics such as seating design, posture, access and egress, visibility, and design of dials and displays; health effects resulting from exposure to whole body vibration, especially back pain and other disorders; and, solutions to prevent and reduce exposure to ergonomic problems related to driving and equipment design.

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Safety and Health Law

Owners, operators, contractors, and supervisory personnel involved in the mining industry must fully understand the federal mine safety laws.  It is the purpose of this 8 hour training to educate the attendee in some of the pertinent aspects of the current statutes and recent changes.  These include the 2006 Congressional amendment to the Mine Act "Miner Act"; Part 50 Immediate Notification final rule; Part 100 Final Penalty rule; contractor issues; new program policy procedures and letters to include informal contestment changes and possible proposed S-MINER Act affects upon the industry.

Standard First Aid, CPR, and AED

Miners will be introduced to essential information on prevention; early recognition, access, adult and child CPR, AED and management of foreign body airway obstructions.  Participants will learn the skills and techniques to help them to stay calm, make appropriate decisions, and take action to keep a victim alive and keep injuries from getting worse until emergency medical services arrive.  Course topics include:  assessing the scene of an emergency; establishing the condition of a victim; infection control; and the latest guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiac care.  Participants will work with a manikin to practice CPR and rescue breathing; and techniques for managing choking.  Participants will receive a CPR card and a First Aid card valid for two years.