Crossbridge Compliance, MSHA division, provides a wide range of training and on-site services, as well as MSHA audit assistance, citation abatement, accident investigations and required MSHA incident reporting assistance. Training provided includes New Miner, Refresher, Part 77 Surface Certification Refresher and Initial, Experienced miner, and Electrical. On-site services include Surface Certified personnel, site safety observation and auditing, electrical inspections and repair, noise surveys, and respirable dust sampling.
MSHA Part 48 New Miner/Refresher Training
MSHA requires all Part 48 “New Miners” to complete a 24 hour training class before being allowed entry into a surface coal mine. After one year, all miners are required to complete an 8 hour “Refresher” course annually. There are required subjects to be covered for both courses including Ground Control, Hazard Recognition, Electrical Hazards, Welding and Cutting, Hearing Conservation, etc.
MSHA Part 77 (Surface Certification) Initial/Refresher Training
MSHA requires miners eligible for Part 77 “Surface Certification” Initial training to complete a 2 day first aid and mining law course for the first year and a 1 day refresher course each year following.
There is a minimum of 2 years of experience in mining before a miner is eligible to become Surface Certified. Once initial training is completed MSHA requires additional training in Oxygen/Methane Deficiency, and a resume of the miners experience to be submitted for review and approval by MSHA. Once approval is granted, miners are required to take a test provided by MSHA and score a grade of 80 or higher to pass.
MSHA states that once certain decibels are reached, different levels of hearing protection are required and/or procedures followed when operating and working on or around certain machinery. Crossbridge provides a noise survey service using dosimeters, and the data recorded will determine what level of hearing protection is needed and can be filed for reference.
On-Site Safety Observation
Maintaining a safe work environment and jobsite is vital when working in a mine and with MSHA. When found out of compliance, citations can be issued, jobs suspended, and even contracts terminated. Crossbridge offers an additional service to perform inspections and observations of jobsites, machinery, facilities, night operations, and required documentation.
On-Site MSHA Part 77 Surface Certification Personnel
MSHA standard requires that each working area or jobsite be inspected and documented at least once every working shift or more often if necessary by a surface certified person. At Crossbridge, Surface Certified personnel are available for your jobsite upon request.
Gravimetric Sampling and Calibration Certified
Respirable dust in coal mining has claimed thousands of lives due to Black Lung Disease, and various other health issues. NIOSH and MSHA teamed up in recent years to better regulate and protect miners from dust exposure. Crossbridge has MSHA certified personnel that can take samples at your jobsite to ensure miners are within the allowable parameters set by MSHA standards.
MSHA Electrical Refresher Training and on-site inspections
MSHA requires a 1 day (8 hour) refresher training for MSHA certified electricians annually. In addition, MSHA requires that all jobsites and workplaces within the mines must submit all electrical equipment for monthly inspection to a MSHA certified electrician. Once the equipment is inspected and approved, the electrician will provide written documentation of the inspection along with the inspectors name, MIN #, contact information, and copy of the electricians “White Card” to the Surface Certified personnel on that jobsite. Crossbridge offers this service along with electrical repairs.