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Based on: 30 CFR Part 46.5.b.3

Languages: English

Emergency Procedures at a Mine

Training Time: 20 minutes

An "emergency" is a serious, unexpected, and potentially dangerous situation that requires immediate action. This course provides information on common emergencies at mine sites as well as warning methods, emergency communication methods, and evacuation procedures. It also discusses reporting procedures, emergencies involving equipment damage and personal injury, and emergencies involving fires.

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An "emergency" is a serious, unexpected, and potentially dangerous situation that requires immediate action.

An "emergency" is a serious, unexpected, and potentially dangerous situation that requires immediate action.

Some emergencies may require evacuation from buildings, underground areas, or from the mine site.

Some emergencies may require evacuation from buildings, underground areas, or from the mine site.

When you encounter a small fire or one that is just starting, you may be able to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher or other available tools or materials.

When you encounter a small fire or one that is just starting, you may be able to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher or other available tools or materials.

Learning Objectives

  • State the definition of an "emergency"
  • List the most common types of emergencies that can occur at a mine site
  • List common emergency warning methods
  • Identify procedures commonly included in emergency communication training
  • List topics that may be included in evacuation training
  • Describe common reporting requirements
  • Describe common procedures during emergencies involving equipment damage, personal injury, and fire
  • Describe fire prevention methods
  • List basic ways to extinguish a small fire
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Emergency Procedures at a Mine FAQs

What is an "emergency"?
An "emergency" is a serious, unexpected, and potentially dangerous situation that requires immediate action.

What are some common emergencies at a mine site?
Common emergencies at a mine site include equipment damage, personal injury, and fires.

What are some common warning methods used at a mine site?
Warning methods used at mine sites can include: audible sirens, horns, and alarms; visual warning lights or flares; radio, phone, or text messages; and verbal terms and commands.

Do all emergencies need to be reported?
Yes. All emergencies should be reported and documented in compliance with all federal and state regulations.

What are the elements that make up a fire?
Heat, fuel, oxygen, and an unrestrained chemical reaction are all required to sustain a fire. If any of these four elements are removed, the fire cannot continue.

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