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Mine Safety Unit

The Mine Safety Unit conducts training, obtains annual statistical reports from miners, issues licenses to operate, examines and certifies mine foreman, and provides mine rescue coverage to underground mines. With associated danger training, the unit protects miners from injuries and fatalities. The goal is to produce proactive and reactive results. Safety and health training classes are provided by seasoned instructors throughout the state. Instructors provide new miner, refresher, and first aid classes that meet electrical, foreman, and compliance requirements.

For additional information, please contact the Mine Safety Unit at 844-224-5818

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Mine Safety Unit

Training and Reports

Mine safety training is mandated by state/ federal government and requires all miners and contractors working on mine property to receive comprehensive safety training.  Miners are required to provide the department statistical information annually. 


Certain mines in Tennessee are required to procure a license to operate.

Application, Exam, and Certification

Currently in Tennessee, persons seeking the certificate of competency, must apply and successfully pass an exam to become certified as a mine foreman.

Rescue Coverage

As per Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations and Tennessee Code Annotated, all underground mines must have mine rescue coverage before it is allowed to operate.


There are fees associated with the safety classes, exams, licenses and certification.


These are the required forms to obtain a mine license and to apply for the certificate of competency.

Report an Accident

To report a mine safety accident, inform the Mine Safety Unit of the accident and record the data.

Related Links

Laws referring to Mine Safety may be found within the provided resources.