Mine Safety Unit

TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development

About Mine Safety Unit of the Workplace Regulations & Compliance Division

The Mine Safety Unit provides health and safety training classes for mine workers, issues mine foreman certifications, and licenses coal/metal mines (surface and underground) to operate. The safety classes are conducted by highly accredited instructors who provide new miner training, refresher training, and first aid classes that meet electrical, foreman, and compliance requirements.

For additional information, please contact the Mine Safety Unit at (423) 566-9709.

Contact Us

Mine Safety Unit
(844) 224-5818
(423) 566-9709

Inside the 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. 

Mine License

Certain mines in Tennessee are required to procure a license to operate. The owner or operator of each mine shall procure from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development a license to operate a mine. Visit this page to start the application process.

Mine Foreman

Currently in Tennessee, persons seeking the certificate of competency must apply and successfully pass an exam to become certified as a mine foreman. Visit this page to learn more and to choose the appropriate application for the certificate of competency.

Rescue Coverage

As per Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Tennessee Code Annotated, all underground mines throughout Tennessee are required to provide their own mine rescue coverage before they are allowed to operate.


There are fees associated with safety classes, mine foreman exam and certification, and mine licensing.


The Mine Safety Forms page has 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

Federal and state laws pertaining to mine safety may be found within the provided resources.

Contact Us

Mine Safety Unit
(844) 224-5818
(423) 566-9709