Eastern Washington University established a Comprehensive Mine Safety and Health Program on July 1, 1980. On November 6, 1980, the Governor of the State of Washington designated Eastern Washington University as the sole agency responsible to conduct mine safety and health training in the state of Washington. This program is designed to assist miners and mine operators in Washington to comply with the specific training requirements of Section 115 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. It supplements, rather than supplants, the required safety and health training with the degree of assistance based on the ability of the mine operators to provide such training.
The Mine Safety and Health Program is operated through the Department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University. The program employs a full-time mine safety training instructor, part-time contractors, and part-time clerks, working through a part-time director.
The Comprehensive Mine Safety and Health Program
- Provides appropriate and up-to-date on-site Annual Refresher Training to mine personnel including special emphasis on miner’s rights; substance abuse; training program development; silicosis and related health issues; noise abatement; workplace examination; materials handling, working near water; slip or fall of person, powered haulage, gas or dust control; and machinery/machine guarding, and first-aid.
- Provides New Miner Training for mine personnel,
- Provides appropriate MSHA Cooperative Instructor Training in mine safety to mine personnel,
- To have the mining industry utilize the program as a resource for mining safety training, and
- Provides Mine Rescue Training to mine personnel.
The overall aims of this program are to
- Reduce fatal mining accidents for Washington State,
- Reduce the Washington State mine industries’ nonfatal-days-lost incidence rate,
- Reduce the percentage of respirable dust samples (coal and silica) exceeding the applicable dust standards for designated high-risk occupations in Washington State, and
- Reduce the percentage of noise exposures above the citation level in all Washington State.
- Reduce the alcohol/and drug-related problems in Washington State Mines.