A. Every person working in a coal mine in Virginia shall hold a general coal miner certificate issued by the Board of Coal Mining Examiners. Any person who has been employed to work in a coal mine in Virginia prior to January 1, 1996, shall submit a complete application for certification as a general coal miner by September 30, 2007. The Board of Coal Mining Examiners shall issue a general coal miner certification upon submittal of a complete application.
B. Each applicant for a general coal miner certificate who has not been employed to work in a Virginia coal mine prior to January 1, 1996, shall prove to the Board that he has knowledge of first aid practices and has a general working knowledge of the provisions of this Act, and applicable regulations, pertaining to coal mining health and safety. Each applicant shall have completed the new miner training requirements of 30 CFR Part 48 or submit proof of at least one year of experience in a coal mine prior to issuance of the General Coal Miner certification.
1994, c. 28; 2005, c. 3; 2007, cc. 894, 914.