(1) Employs more than ten employees; and
(2) Has more than eight persons present on the shift.
The emergency medical services personnel must be employed at their regular duties at a central location or, when more than one person is required pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, at a location which provides for convenient, quick response to emergency. The emergency medical services personnel must have available to them at all times such equipment prescribed by the director of the office of miners' health, safety and training, in consultation with the commissioner of the bureau of public health.
(b) After the first day of July, two thousand, emergency medical services personnel means any person certified by the commissioner of the bureau of public health or authorities recognized and approved by the commissioner to provide emergency medical services as authorized in article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code and including emergency medical technician-mining. At least one emergency medical services personnel shall be employed at a mine for every fifty employees or any part thereof who are engaged at any time, in the extraction, production or preparation of coal.
(c) A training course designed specifically for certification of emergency medical technician-mining, shall be developed at the earliest practicable time by the commissioner of the bureau of public health in consultation with the board of miner training, education and certification. The training course for initial certification as an emergency medical technician-mining shall not be less than sixty hours, which shall include, but is not limited to, basic life support skills and emergency room observation or other equivalent practical exposure to emergencies as prescribed by the commissioner of the bureau of public health.
(d) The maintenance of a valid emergency medical technician-mining certificate may be accomplished without taking a three-year recertification examination: Provided, That the emergency medical technician-mining personnel completes an eight-hour annual retraining and testing program prescribed by the commissioner of the bureau of public health in consultation with the board of miner training, education and certification.
Each coal mine operator shall provide every new employee within six months of the date of employment with the opportunity for first-aid training as prescribed by the director of the office of miners' health, safety and training unless such employee has previously received such training. Each coal mine employee shall be required to take refresher first-aid training of not less than five hours within each twenty-four months of employment. The employee shall be paid regular wages, or overtime pay if applicable, for all periods of first-aid training.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session