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Michigan Mine Safety & Health Training Program Newsletter - 05/28/05

In this issue:

Michigan MSHA State Grant Program Update 

MSHA Issues  -- Change to Public E-mail Addresses

MSHA Issues  -- Electronic Detonators and Requirements for Shunting and Circuit Testing for 

CPSC, Robert Bosch Tool Corp. Announce Recall of Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels

Noise Control Resource Guides Available on MSHA’s Internet Site.

MSHA Releases New Equipment Guarding DVDs March 28, 2005

MSHA’s Accident Reduction Program - Innovative Products – Welding Voltage Reduction

National Holmes Safety Association Meeting in Minneapolis

Program Director - Dave Carlson 906/487-2453, Email Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences Department
Sue Nakkula – Office Assistant 906/487-2272 MichiganTechnological University, Rm 212 M&ME Bldg.
Internet Site –  1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

We’ll do your training: annual refresher (includes hearing conservation and advanced first aid), new miner, new experienced miner, independent contractor, we’ll prepare your training plan, we’ll assist you with your hearing conservation program & testing, your respiratory protection program and testing and HazCom compliance.



Who We Are

The MSHA State Grants Program for Michigan is administered by Michigan Technological University. To schedule training or for compliance assistance, contact Dave Carlson (see information above).

Current Program instructors and their home locations include:

        Phil Eggerding – Houghton

        Ron Gradowski – Bay City

        Dan Brown – Gaylord

Dave Carlson, Program Director is also a qualified instructor and conducts train-the-trainer classes and other training as needed. Sue Nakkula is responsible for most of the recordkeeping and other office duties including managing the Program’s Video/DVD Lending Library.


Program Personnel Receive CMSP Certification

Phil Eggerding and Dave Carlson recently passed the test conducted by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals which qualifies them to use the title “Certified Mine Safety Professional” (CMSP).  To qualify for testing, a person must have a minimum of ten (10) years in the mine safety profession or other qualifications listed on the Society’s Internet Site (  Certification of professionals working in the area of mine safety and health is becoming more common throughout the mining industry and MSHA.


Plans for Upcoming Year

The Program’s Internet Site is continually updated and expanded as time allows. The program has obtained additional space on the University’s server to make room for new materials that will be useful for site users.

Program personnel continue to develop and collect new training materials for future training. While annual refresher training is meant to refresh known information, it goes without saying that trainee interest could not be maintained if the same materials are used repeatedly. One of our objectives has been to develop materials that provide miners with a more in-depth understanding of the reasons certain actions may be hazardous to assist them in making correct decisions in hazardous situations where safety rules may not exist.

Our 3-year annual-refresher-training lesson plan is also being updated including adding new questions and explanations to our well-received Mine Safety Jepardy training game.

Michigan companies may contact us for training plans and updates and to conduct other safety and health programs. We plan to distribute an expanded CD handout to each operator during the coming year’s training. The CD will contain our detailed and condensed Surface MSHA Compliance Manuals and other useful materials. The Surface MSHA Compliance manuals were developed earlier by our program and contain sections on the following topics:

    1.      Supervisor Responsibility
2.      Regulations
3.      Recordkeeping
4.      Hearing Conservation
5.      Communication
6.      Respiratory Protection
7.      Training
8.      Accidentand Quarterly Reports
9.      Hazcom
10.    Electrical Grounding

MSHA’s Small Mine Office has assembled a variety of useful materials which are freely distributed to mines with 5 or fewer employees. One of the most useful materials developed is referred to as the Small Mine Office (SMO) Binder. The SMO Binder is a 3-ring binder divided into sections by tabs. Each section contains a collection of instructions, forms etc. needed by a mine operator to comply with MSHA’s requirements on the particular topic.  Our Program decided that the binder would be useful to larger mines also and plans to print a number of binders and tabs for handing out to the companies trained during the coming year.



MSHA Issues Program Information Bulletin No. P05-02 -- Change to Public E-mail Addresses

ISSUE DATE: February 9, 2005 --The new format for MSHA e-mail addresses is, where previously the format was, or in some cases Members of the mining community and others who need to communicate with the Agency via e-mail should ensure that they have updated their address lists to conform to the new format.

If you need assistance sending e-mail to any contact within MSHA after March 15, please contact the MSHA Help Desk at 1-877-778-6055.


MSHA Issues Program Information Bulletin NO. P04-20 -- Electronic Detonators and Requirements for Shunting and Circuit Testing

ISSUE DATE: September 27, 2004 -- In response to inquiries concerning how to apply the MSHA requirements for shunting and circuit testing to electronic detonators. This bulletin clarifies the application of the "shunting" and "circuit testing" requirements of Title 30 CFR (30 CFR) §§ 77.1303, 56.6407, 56.6407, 57.6401, and 57.6407 to electronic detonators.


CPSC, Robert Bosch Tool Corp. Announce Recall of Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels

This recall is due to incorrect rated speeds for some of these Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels. Details about the problem and serial numbers affected can be found at the following internet address:


Noise Control Resource Guides Available on MSHA’s Internet Site.

Prior to the Occupational Noise Standard (30 CFR 62) becoming effective, MSHA made a series of three Noise Control Guide volumes available for comment on its Noise Rule Single Source Page/Resources Page. Recently, MSHA expanded the material in these volumes for use as a resource by mine operators toward achieving compliance with the noise standard. This revised Noise Control Resource Guide is comprised of three self-contained volumes: Underground Mining, Surface Mining, and Mills and Preparation Plants. The guides can be downloaded from MSHA’s Internet Site at: They will also be on the CD Michigan Technological University will be handing out to companies at each training session during the upcoming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2005.


MSHA Releases New Equipment Guarding DVDs March 28, 2005

Inadequate Machine Guarding is Major Hazard in Mining Workplace. MSHA made available three new compliance assistance products -- an updated handbook and two new DVDs. Failure to properly guard equipment is the violation most frequently cited by MSHA inspectors. The new products update MSHA's best suggestions and advice for properly guarding machinery. MSHA's analysis of reported guarding-related injuries shows that 38 percent of these injuries occur while equipment is running, and 50 percent occur during maintenance. At least 12 percent are attributed to hazards posed by handling the guard itself.

MSHA's new 33-page, updated handbook, "MSHA's Guide to Equipment Guarding", was produced to help mine operators with properly designing, installing and maintaining equipment guards. The publication gives examples of commonly used equipment guards and includes examples of improper guards as well as considerations and recommendations on usage.

A new DVD, "Equipment Guarding" (a 2-DVD set), produced in cooperation with more than three dozen mining operations and scores of mining industry associations and equipment manufacturers, focuses on reducing risk by improving equipment guarding. It discusses protection levels provided by various types of guards, as well as design and construction considerations of guards for many types of equipment.

Another new DVD, "Junkyard Guards," is a fast-paced and informative depiction of two teams of miners who solve equipment guarding problems by creatively using parts and materials commonly found on mine sites or recycled after use on mining equipment. The video was produced through a cooperative effort with two MSHA alliance partners-the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and the Industrial Minerals Association-North America (IMA-NA).

The new products are available from MSHA's National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, WV, at 304-256-3257.


MSHA’s Accident Reduction Program - Innovative Products – Welding Voltage Reduction

Anyone who burns rods as a welder could receive an electrical shock when replacing the rod in the stinger. If you wear worn or damp gloves, or foolishly, no gloves at all, you may get an eye opening experience. Under the right conditions, severe burns and electrocutions could result.

Devices are available to eliminate this hazard. A Voltage Reduction Device (VRD) is a product that assists in the reduction of electrical shock to personnel involved in welding activities. It reduces open-circuit voltage (OCV) to a safe value before and after the welding operation. Upon arc strike, full selected voltage becomes available. Upon completion of welding, the open-circuit voltage is returned to a safe value until the next welding cycle.

MSHA Technical Support investigated two models of voltage reduction safety devices for use with arc welders. The investigations consisted of checking electrical measurements against the manufacturers' specifications, and conducting performance tests to determine their ability to improve welding safety. These devices were found to limit the maximum unloaded open-circuit voltage to a safe level with little noticeable difference while actually welding.

For information on manufacturers that are known to MSHA to have such products available, contact MSHA's Approval and Certification Center at 304-547-0400 or e-mail



Where: Radisson River Front Hotel, St. Paul, MN. The 2005 joint meetings of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA), National Associations of State Mine Inspection and Training Agencies (NASMITA), and Mine Safety Institute of America (MSIA) will have a full agenda of sessions and activities to promote the safety and health of our miners.

For lodging reservations, call (651) 292-1900 or (800) 333-3333. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at discounted rates if reservations are made by 5/9/2005: $102 for standard rooms, $139 for cabana rooms, and $149 for executive floor rooms.

Conference registration is $200 (if paid by 5/6/2005) or $225 on-site. Spouse and guest registration is $150. The registration fee includes all social functions, except for the Golf Classic event.

For additional information on the conference, contact:
Al Simonson, (507) 625-9084,
Belinda Parsons, (515) 955-1829,



You won’t want to miss this event so pencil it into your calendar now.  Everyone is invited to attend the fall annual meeting of the Great Lakes District Council of the Holmes Safety Association. The meeting will be held at Gaylord’s beautiful Otsego Club Resort during the peak of Michigan’s color season. 

These workshops are designed to keep mine operators (managers, supervisors and trainers) up to date on MSHA-compliance issues. The October 7, 2005 workshop will feature well-known safety lawyer Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, 4740 Corridor Place, Suite D Beltsville, MD 20705. Adelle spoke at our recent GLDC Winter Workshop in Grand Rapidsand, based on the very favorable comments received after her presentation, she was asked and agreed to make a 4-hour presentation at the October 13 meeting in Gaylord. A complete agenda for the day has not been prepared yet.


For Mine Safety Training in Michigan - Contact Dave Carlson at

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