Mine Safety Courses being Offered
St. Clairsville, OH (January 1, 2012) - Individuals interested in acquiring federal
or state certification in underground mine safety can now register for upcoming
courses at Belmont College.
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration require a minimum number of 40
mine safety training hours, however, West Virginia (WV) and certain other states
mandate more than the federal requirement. As a result, Belmont offers two
courses that provide a combined total of 88 hours of training.
Students receive four hours of college credit for each course, and after successful
completion will earn federal certification. Mine safety students can also earn the
WV Apprentice Card by enrolling in the Introduction to Mining course and the Mine
Safety and Law course and pass a West Virginia state test.
Introduction to Mining will be held from January 4 through January 26 on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00-10:00 p.m. This course will provide general
orientation to the coal mining industry, including mining technology, methods, machines
and chain of command. Miners’ rights and responsibilities will be addressed,
as well as descriptions of various local, state and federal agencies.
Mine Law and Safety will be held from January 30 through February 22 with classes
meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Any student who
wishes to participate in this class must first complete the Introduction to Mining
course. Students will receive information about the Federal Coal Mine Health
and Safety Act of 1977, Title 30, Code of Federal Regulations.
In addition, the following will be studied: underground mine safety issues, such
as personal safety equipment, emergency plans, accident awareness and prevention,
mine gas issues, fire causes and prevention, ventilation, roof control, concepts
of electricity, the transport of materials and first aid.
For more information about Belmont’s mine safety courses contact the Workforce
and Community Education Department, at (740) 699.3869 or visit www.belmontcollege.edu.
About Belmont College
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choice of career training, degrees, or certificates. At Belmont, we change lives.
We not only transform students into graduates. Here, students apply education beyond
the classroom and make an impact in the world an in our community. Whatever the
course of study, our students are going to put practical expertise into motion.
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