California enforces its own mining and tunneling regulations through Cal/OSHA’s Mining and Tunneling (M&T) Unit. The main function of this specialized unit is to investigate complaints and accidents in mines and tunnels and to issue citations to employers that violate regulations. The M&T Unit also conducts pre-job safety conferences and issues permits prior to the commencement of underground mining or tunneling. The M&T department also conducts random/periodic inspections of tunnels, underground mines, and surface mines and quarries.
The M&T Unit has a specialized mine safety training offered free for mine operators and employees. The safety training is geared to provide education to new miners and refreshers to experience miners.
The M&T Unit offers free classes in Sacramento and San Bernardino. The classes include training in educating miners in 30 CFR parts 46 and 48 New Miner Training; 30 CFR parts 46 and 48 Newly Hired Experienced Miner Training; and 30 CFR parts 46 and 48 Annual Refresher Training for surface mining.
M&T’s website lists the following times and dates for MSHA Training:
New Miner Training: March 27, 28, 29; April 24, 25, 26; May 30, 31; June 1.
Annual Refresher: April 21; May 25; June 23.
New Miner Training: March 21, 22, 23; April 11, 12, 13; May 16, 17, 18; June 20, 21, 22.
Annual Refresher: April 19; May 10; June 14.
You can find out more about Cal/OSHA’s M&T Training services by visiting the organizations website.