Code of Virginia

Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
8/22/2019

Article 11. Miner Training.

§ 45.1-161.101. First aid training of coal miners.

A. The Chief shall establish specifications for first aid and refresher training programs for miners at coal mines. Such specifications shall be no less than, but may exceed, the minimum requirements of such training programs which underground and surface operators are required to provide for their employees by the federal mine safety law. The Chief is authorized to utilize the Department's educational and training facilities in the conduct of such training programs and may require the cooperation of operators in making such programs available to their employees.

B. Each operator of a coal mine, upon request, shall make available to every miner employed in such mine the course of first aid training, including refresher training, as is required by subsection A.

1977, c. 679, § 45.1-101.2; 1978, c. 94; 1984, c. 590; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.102. Training programs.

A. The Department may administer training programs for the purpose of (i) assisting with the provision of selected requirements of the federal mine safety law and (ii) preparing miners for examinations administered by the Board of Coal Mining Examiners. The Director shall establish the curriculum and teaching materials for the training programs, which shall be consistent with the requirements of the federal mine safety law where feasible.

B. The Department is authorized to charge persons attending the training programs reasonable fees to cover the costs of administering such programs. The Director may exempt certain persons from any required fees for refresher training programs, based on the person's employment status or such other criteria as the Director deems appropriate. The Director shall not be required to allocate more of the Department's resources to training programs than are appropriated or otherwise made available for such purpose, or are collected from fees charged to attendees.

C. No miner, operator, or other person shall be required to participate in any training program established under this article. Nothing contained herein shall prevent an operator or any other person from administering a state-approved training program.

1994, c. 28; 1997, c. 390.

§ 45.1-161.103. Additional coal mining training programs.

The Chief is authorized to implement a voluntary on-site safety awareness training program for coal mines. Such training may be conducted by a mine inspector in conjunction with his inspection of a coal mine or other Department personnel. Safety awareness training for coal miners may include such methods as job safety analysis and topical talks on safety issues to reduce accidents.

1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.104. Repealed.

Repealed by Acts 1997, c. 390.

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