Training and Certification
In order to ensure the safety of Illinois
miners, it is imperative that they receive appropriate training and maintain
certifications relating to their competency. The Mine Safety and Training
Division provides training in such areas as first aid, mine rescue and emergency
medical technician to all miners in the state.
The passage of the Coal Mine Medical Emergencies Act in 1978 stipulated
that a trained and certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) must be
present when 30 or more individuals are working in a surface or underground
mine. The division provides certification and re-certification classes for
coal mine emergency medical technicians.
In 1990, the division implemented the Illinois-Accident Prevention Program
(I-APP) to provide a more personal approach to identifying and correcting
safety hazards in the work place. Since mining by its nature is considered
one of the most dangerous occupations, the division decided that a program
geared to everyday accidents such as back injuries, slips, falls, etc. would
be extremely helpful in preventing accidents and fatalities. To date, this
program has proven very successful in both coal and metal/nonmetal industries.
While training is one component to the division's safety program, certification
also plays a vital role. The Mine Safety and Training Division issues certificates
of competency in such areas as mine examiner, mine manager, hoisting engineer
and surface mine supervisor. Not only must a person meet a mining experience
requirement but also pass an oral and written exam.
Coal Industry Certification
Part 46 and 48
Accident Prevention Program-
MSHA Mine Health & Safety Grant