Occupational Safety

Mining Safety

In contractual agreement with the Mine Safety and Health Administration(MSHA) and the United States Department of Labor, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska Safety Center provides training, consultation, and safety services to over 200 mines and in Nebraska. Contractors and customers of these mines are also served. Classes offered include:

  • Annual Refresher Training: Part 46 - This training is provided on and off campus.
  • New Miner Training - Training for persons new to the mining industry or interested in becoming miners is provided year round on and off the campus of UNK. This training two day meets 16 hours of the requirements. Training includes first aid, CPR, introduction to work environment, laws and regulations, personal protective equipment, lock-out, and others. Over 300 persons take this course annually.
  • Mine Safety and Health Conference - This conference is held in Kearney, Nebraska each year. The full day program deals with trends, emerging issues, and includes presentations by industry representatives and MSHA personnel. Nebraska has over 200 mines. Nebraska mines are sand and gravel, uranium, surface and underground limestone, clay and cement. The uranium mine is located in the northwest part of the state and the limestone, cement and clay are located in eastern Nebraska. Sand and gravel operations include dry and wet processes. All miners are required to have initial and annual training.

Mining in Nebraska
Contractor personnel are required to have training if they are engaged in mining operations, including developing, drilling, blasting, extracting, milling, crushing, screening or sizing materials, or hauling materials within the mine. Others needing training are maintenance personnel, service workers, or construction workers, working on mine equipment for frequent or extended periods.

For more information contact MSHA Program - (308) 865-8258

For questions about Part 48 UNDERGROUND training - Ken Dobrinski at Kansas State Grants Program (620) 665-4991

MSHA 2014 Training Documents

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For more information on the MSHA Programs please contact:
Allison Weston or Mark Dunn at (308) 865-8258
Email: dunnma@unk.edu