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Mine Safety and Training

Miner's hat

The Office of Mines and Minerals' Mine Safety and Training Division is charged with the health and safety concerns of the state's coal mines and their employees. In addition, the division now regulates the blasting, explosives and aggregate programs for Illinois, which were previously administered by the Blasting and Explosives Division that was consolidated with Mine Safety and Training on October 15, 2004. One way the Mine Safety and Training completes this is to conduct health and safety training programs throughout the year for mining employees.

Visit our Training and Certifications page for more information. The Miners' Examining Board meets monthly to admininster tests for the First Class, and Shaft and Slope Worker papers. Scheduled test dates are set monthly for the Benton and Springfield offices, and can be found on the offices Training and Certifications page. A fee of $50.00 is required for each application submitted.

To view The Illinois Coal Mining Act click here: OMM State Acts/Rules and Regulations.

The division trains and certifies State Mine Inspectors to monitor safety conditions at the mine sites, and operates a state laboratory for analysis of mine gas and dust particles, coal composition, and water and soil. The Division also trains licensed and certified blasters, as well as others who handle, store or use explosive products in Illinois.

Since 1910, the State has maintained mine rescue stations and mine rescue teams to respond to mine disasters or emergencies. Although much has changed over the years, the mine rescue teams are still comprised of coal miners who are trained to respond to different situations or problems which may arise at an underground coal mine.

The Division has four mine rescue stations throughout Illinois currently located in Benton, Lively Grove, Harrisburg, and Springfield and has rescue teams made up of industry personnel trained to aid mining situations and problems which may occur.

Questions regarding Mine Safety and Training certification should be directed, via email, to Wendy Koehler or by phone, 217-558-4925.

Questions pertaining to Blasting & Explosives training should be directed, via email, to Linda Raufer or calling 217-782-9976.

Mine Safety/Training

Miners Reading Safety Signs

Miners Reading Safety Signs.  Chicago, Illinois October 17, 1916.  Bureau of Mines OT Collection.  Public Domain


Mine Explosion. Cherry Mine.

Mine Explosion. Cherry Mine.  St. Paul Coal Company.  Cherry, Illinois. November 13, 1909.  Bureau of Mines OT Collection.  Public Domain 

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Visitors at Springfield, Illinois USA Government Safety First Special.  January 17, 1917
Visitors at Springfield, Illinois USA Government Safety First Special.  January 17, 1917.  Bureau of Mines OT Collection.  Public Domain