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Mining Product: Nonverbal Communication for Mine Emergencies

Original creation date: November 2011

Image of publication Instructor’s Guide: Nonverbal Communication for Mine Emergencies

Nonverbal Communication for Mine Emergencies is a training program that teaches miners a series of nonverbal hand signals to use in the event of an emergency. These hand signals can be used by miners if they have donned an SCSR and are unable to communicate verbally. The training program includes a Microsoft PowerPoint instructional presentation, several partner/group training activities, and a Microsoft PowerPoint retention test.

There are several components to NIOSH’s "Nonverbal Communication for Mine Emergencies" training package:

  1. Activity cards
  2. PowerPoint presentations for instructional presentation and retention testing
  3. Report of Investigations 9688 (Instructor's guide and lesson plans)

RI 9688 contains an explanation of the purpose for the training, the target audience, computer system requirements for using the training module, and instructions and background information for the course instructor concerning how to prepare to conduct classes, lesson plans for conducting group and individual training sessions, and training evaluation form. It is suggested that instructors carefully review this IC before attempting to use this training module.

This computer-based training module can be downloaded at no cost from this page. Alternatively, you may order a CD that includes a hard copy of RI 9688.

Installation instructions:

  1. Download the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it into a directory on your hard disk (e.g. c:\Nonverbal training)
  3. The acitiviity card PDF files, PowerPoint presentations and Instructor's Guide will then be accessible for use.


Authors: CL Kosmoski, KA Margolis, CY Kingsley Westerman, LG Mallett

Report of Investigations - November 2011

  • Order CD

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20040331

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-104 (RI 9688), 2012 Jan; :1-17