Miner Training Plan Filing Goes Electronic

Feb. 29, 2000
An electronic filing system allows mine operators, who are required to have a part 48 training plan, to prepare and submit such plans via MSHA's Web site.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is making it easier for mine operators to file training plans.

An electronic filing system, now in place, enables mine operators who are required to have a part 48 training plan to prepare and submit such plans via MSHA's Web site.

According to federal regulations, mine operators must have and MSHA-approved plan for training new miners, experienced miners who are newly employed by a mine operation, and miners undertaking new tasks.

Annual refresher courses and hazard training are also required.

"The widespread use of computers and the availability of communication links gives mine operators yet another avenue for preparing and filing their training plans," said Davitt McAteer, MSHA administrator. "Electronic preparation has many advantages. The online instructions are user-friendly, allowing mine operators to develop and maintain records that are consistent in format and design and easier to complete, update or revise."

The electronic filing mechanism includes an introduction to the system, general requirements, step-by-step instructions and links to other helpful resources, such as federal regulations and policy issues.

Mine operators can select specific teaching methods, course materials and evaluation techniques from a list of program modules.

To access the system, operators need a mine or contractor identification number (ID).

A temporary number will be generated for organizations without an ID.

MSHA is also developing a Part 46 electronic training plan for release in the future. Part 46 regulations become effective in October 2000.

The electronic training plan system is available at www.msha.gov Choose "Forms and Online Filings," followed by "Online Training Plans."

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