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  3. Mine Safety and Training

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.

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

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

History and additional information

Mine Safety/Training

Miners Reading Safety Signs

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

Forms

Mine Explosion. Cherry Mine.

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

Related Links

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