Code of Virginia

Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
10/23/2020

Article 9. Miner Training.

§ 45.1-161.292:71. 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 Department. 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 section. Nothing contained herein shall prevent an operator or any other person from administering a state-approved training program.

1997, c. 390; 1998, c. 695; 2012, cc. 803, 835.

§ 45.1-161.292:72. Mineral mining safety training.

The Director is authorized to implement a program of voluntary safety talks for mineral miners. Safety training may include topical training and talks conducted by inspectors or other Department personnel either on site or in a classroom provided for such purpose.

1997, c. 390.

§ 45.1-161.292:73. Mineral mining safety training program.

A. Each operator shall have a plan containing the following programs: training for new miners, training for newly-employed experienced miners, training for miners for new tasks, annual refresher training, and hazard training. For the purpose of this section, the definition of miner does not include scientific workers; delivery workers; customers, including commercial over-the-road truck drivers; vendors; or visitors.

B. The plan shall be available to the Director for review upon request.

1998, c. 695; 2003, c. 401.

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