MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher

Mining can be a dangerous business, but Eduwhere wants you to stay safe on the job. That’s why we offer several mine safety courses, including the MSHA Part 46 Refresher. MSHA requires annual refresher training for miners that fall under Part 46, which applies to shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, and surface limestone mines. You should be spending a minimum of 8 hours on your refresher training, and our course is designed to help you meet that time requirement while also allowing you to focus your time more on the topics you need and less on the ones you already understand. This 8 hour time requirement is for your safety.

The topics covered in this course closely match the template provided by MSHA for Part 46 training. They include Hazard Communication (HazCom), Escape and Emergency Evacuation Plans, and Prevention of Accidents, among many others. Remember, MSHA’s Part 46 Refresher regulations also require site-specific training, including a review of site-specific hazards and updates on any changes at the mine that might affect your health and safety, and this is something that your mine site will have to provide to you in addition to the topics covered in this online course. 

Due in part to the site-specific nature of MSHA’s requirements, your signed “Pink Sheet” does not come from Eduwhere (though we will provide you with an unsigned one), and must be signed by the responsible party for health and safety training at your facility or organization, because they are the ones verifying that your training was completed appropriately, not Eduwhere. Because of this, it is always a good idea to check with your mine to see what training they approve or if there are additional training topic requirements for your particular job on site.

Mine safety is serious business! Let Eduwhere help you stay in compliance with your training and stay safe on site with our MSHA Part 46 Refresher course.

New Countries = New Map!

Over 100 countries spread across all 7 continents! Keika Ventures & Eduwhere have clients spread across the globe and we love sharing their country flags. We’ve been at this for over 19 years and the collection continues to grow. It’s been a while since we last updated our map (Russia!), so we’d like to welcome Oman, Belarus, Mozambique, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Malta.

We stopped counting at 100 countries. Honestly, I lose track when trying to count the flags… always feeling I’ve skipped one or double counted. I think we’re closing in on 120, but feel free to give it a try and let us know how many you count 🙂

Over 100 country flags spread over the world map.
Clients in over 100 countries spread across all 7 continents.

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Fire Safety Online Course

Fires are a dangerous and all too common workplace hazard, but their damage can be minimized with proper safety planning. The US Fire Administration found that $23 billion dollars were lost due to fire in the US in 2017. In 2018 in the US, 115 on the job fatalities were due to fires, equalling 2.2% of all workplace deaths according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. While these numbers are generally trending downward, year to year, they are still high, and our goal is to help continue to lower them. From fire extinguishers to emergency escape routes, it is important to have an action plan in place to prevent workplace injuries and deaths. 

Eduwhere’s Fire Safety training course is designed to help you meet OSHA’s workplace safety standards (29 CFR 1910.38(a) and 29 CFR 1910.157(g)). It will help you determine if your facility has any particular fire related hazards to be aware of so that you can use appropriate correction methods and strategies and be prepared to address the hazards if the need arises. Our aim is to help you minimize your fire risk and create a safer workplace for yourself and other employees. Fire is the most common type of emergency for small businesses, and it is important to be able to assess the hazard and determine the safest course of action.

This course is appropriate not only for those working in conventionally “dangerous” jobs, but anyone who works in a workplace who may be asked to use a fire extinguisher or evacuate during an emergency. Let’s work together to create safer workplaces.

In 2018 in the US, 115 on the job fatalities were due to fires…

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fire Safety

RCRA & DOT Refresher: 2-for-1 Training

Eduwhere would like to introduce to you a unique course offering: the RCRA & DOT Refresher. This refresher course includes a review of important regulatory information for both hazardous waste management and hazardous materials shipping to meet training requirements for both RCRA and DOT (40 CFR 262.16 (b)(9)(iii), 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7), and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H).

This course provides a hybrid format covering important topics in hazardous materials and wastes, covering the relevant laws and regulations, and functions as a guide to complying with those regulations. This includes how to recognize hazardous waste and manage and prepare it properly while on site and for transport and disposal, and how to keep records for compliance for RCRA, as well as a review of DOT’s shipping regulations, from identifying proper shipping names and hazard classes to preparing packages for shipment including necessary marks and labels and accompanying shipping papers. 

We are pleased to offer this hybrid course for those who need training in both hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. If you have taken training previously, are familiar with the regulatory requirements and are looking for a fast-paced course to fulfill your recurrent training requirements with your experience in mind, consider Eduwhere’s RCRA & DOT Refresher course.

We also offer standalone training for both DOT and RCRA topics:

If you are looking to satisfy training requirements to sign hazardous waste manifests for off-site shipment, please consider:

30 Days in the Life of an Ocean Vessel

Over here at Eduwhere, this video has captivated us with both its beautiful visuals and its excellent demonstration of sea shipping. From describing traffic separation schemes to showing just how long it takes to unload cargo, this video shows a side of the global exchange of goods that many of us take for granted — and we’re also partial to the gorgeous skies!

Check it out and see what you think!

2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (61st Edition)

Eduwhere is pleased to announce that the 2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (61st Edition) is in stock and available for purchase. This book is a necessary reference for properly shipping hazardous materials by air, and a valuable companion for Eduwhere’s courses covering IATA regulations, including IATA Dangerous Goods, Shipping Batteries, and Shipping Infectious Substances.

Eduwhere offers the 61st Edition DGR in a “course & book bundle” along with our IATA Dangerous Goods online course at a discount as a thank you to our training clients. The IATA DGR is also available directly through our Keika Ventures online shop or by calling 919.246.4847.

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), 2020, 61st Edition

Shipping Lithium Batteries

We all encounter batteries every day, but we don’t often think about the dangers they can pose, especially in shipping environments. Improperly packaged batteries can cause fires and other hazardous events, so it is important that anyone involved in their shipment is aware of the risks and is knowledgable in ensuring proper packaging to minimize those risks. 

Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course provides training in the proper shipping of batteries, including lithium batteries, both by ground (DOT) and air (IATA). It is designed to meet the training requirements for both ground transportation (49 CFR 172.704) and transport by air (IATA Section 1.5), and is updated to include the latest IATA changes to the lithium battery requirements. The training covers the specific requirements for lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries, wet and dry batteries, and battery-powered vehicles and equipment. However, this course does not cover shipment of batteries containing sodium.

Our course covers training requirements for shipping batteries, including selecting the proper shipping name, marks and labels, and packaging, and how to appropriately prepare shipping papers. It also covers important shipping limitations related to passenger and cargo aircraft. This training is designed to protect the safety of people and property when batteries and battery-powered devices are being shipped. If you or your company are involved in the shipment of lithium batteries, alkaline, Ni-Cd, lead-acid, lead-alkali, or non-spillable batteries, or battery powered equipment, Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course may be appropriate to ensure safe and legal shipment of your packages. 

IMDG Shipping by Ocean Vessel

Eduwhere prides itself on our range of high quality training courses, and we are excited to announce our newest addition: IMDG online, on-demand training! IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping is a training certification course that covers the fundamentals of shipping dangerous goods by ocean vessel, in accordance with international IMDG regulations. If you or your company ships dangerous goods by sea, this online training course may be appropriate. 

It is important that anyone involved in the transporting, loading, or preparing of packages for shipment by vessel should be trained according to the requirements set out in Section 1.3 of the IMDG Regulations and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. Trainees will receive an introduction to the regulations and general awareness training for hazardous goods. They will also learn necessary skills for shipping hazardous goods, including how to identify and select proper shipping names, packing groups, basic descriptions, appropriate packaging, quantity limitations and exceptions, and required marks and labels, as well as how to complete and sign necessary documentation and ensure appropriate safety and emergency response. The training also reviews security awareness requirements. The focus of this course is on the preparation and shipment of non-bulk packages, intermediate bulk containers and large packagings. 

Eduwhere’s course is based on the most recent 2018 Edition of the IMDG Code (Amendment 39-18). The training is designed with a 10-step approach that encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing dangerous goods for shipment by water. This 10-step approach is designed to help you follow through on important regulatory requirements on dangerous goods shipments, and help ensure that you stay in compliance with the law. 

Container cargo ships loaded with shipments. Personnel shipping hazardous materials by ocean vessel must receive IMDG training.

IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping

PVDF Sampling Bags in Antarctica

“A bag of ice to go, please.” We always enjoying hearing about the cool and unique situations our sampling bags (Kynar, Solef, and Tedlar) are used for. This specific case is especially cool. The Swedish icebreaker Oden was in Antarctica where our bags were used to study carbon dioxide in sea ice and snow.

Expedition team members from the icebreaker Oden use our Tedlar sampling bags to collect snow and ice samples in Antarctica.
Photo credit: Melissa Chierici & Agneta Fransson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Keika Ventures offers polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) bags in a wide variety of sizes and valve fittings, as well as completely custom sizes, materials, and fittings.

All of our available bags, whether Tedlar® or Kynar®, are made from a PVDF film that is tough, durable, and chemically inert to a wide range of compounds. Bags used in environmental applications typically have a 2 mil or 3 mil film thickness and are applicable for a wide temperature range (98-225 °F).

The bags have heat sealed, leak-proof seams and can be used to collect both liquid and air samples. This versatility allows the bags to be used for a variety of applications. Applications include: stack sampling, vent/flue sampling, soil gas sampling, TCLP extractions, calibration gas blending and preparation of standards, indoor air sampling, and ground water testing. For most applications, either Tedlar® or Kynar® should be suitable.

Old Client Map!

We’ve always enjoyed seeing how the reach of Eduwhere & Keika Ventures. So much so that we started keeping track of our clients on a map, with hopes of eventually collecting clients in every country. Yes, it’s a stretch, but it’s a goal. I recently ran across an old version of our map from 2009… over a decade ago!. Can you count the flags? (Hint: It’s a lot).

Old 2009 Client Map. Over a decade old, but still lots of flags.