Belmont College Offering Mine Safety Courses
St. Clairsville, OH (December 4, 2013) – 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 and certain other states mandate more than the federal requirement. As a result, Belmont College 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 16 through February 12 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 February 13 through March 12 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.
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