ASTM F3315 - 18

    Standard Guide for Training of Abandoned or Inactive Mine Search and Rescue Team Member

    Active Standard ASTM F3315 | Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide establishes a minimum standard for training of abandoned or inactive mine SAR team members as it relates to their general, field, and abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue specific knowledge. No other advanced skills are included or implied.

    4.2 Every person who is identified as an abandoned or inactive mine SAR team member shall have met the requirements of this guide.

    4.3 Certain specialized environments may require other capabilities or endorsements or further training depending on the regulations and policies of the AHJ.

    4.4 Abandoned or inactive mine SAR team members trained as defined in this guide shall not be assumed to possess adequate field skills or knowledge to make mission-critical decisions. Abandoned or inactive mine SAR team members are qualified to perform SAR operations in abandoned or inactive mines under qualified supervision designated by the incident commander in accordance with AHJ policies.

    4.5 This guide is an outline of the topics required for training or evaluating abandoned or inactive mine SAR Team Members. It may, however, be used to assist in the development of, or to complement, a complete training document or program.

    4.6 This guide can be used to evaluate a training document or program to determine if its content includes the topics necessary for training an abandoned or inactive mine SAR team member.

    4.7 This guide does not stand alone and must be used with the referenced documents to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of an abandoned or inactive mine SAR team member.

    4.8 Because SAR operations in and around abandoned or inactive underground mines are inherently hazardous, regional and national safety standards shall be included in the policies and procedures of the AHJ.

    4.9 Practitioners shall complete all activities based on a sound analysis of risk versus benefit, and shall follow all federal, tribal, state, provincial, local, regional, and other safety standards which apply to SAR operations in abandoned or inactive mines.

    4.10 This guide by itself is not a training document. It is an outline of the topics required for training or evaluating an abandoned or inactive mine SAR team member.

    4.11 The training requirements defined in this guide are not presented in any particular order and do not represent a training sequence.

    4.12 Except where a physical skill must be shown, the AHJ shall determine the best way to evaluate a person’s knowledge. This may be by written exam, oral exam, demonstration, or other means specified by the AHJ.

    4.12.1 Position task books (PTB), or equivalent documentation that validates and verifies the completion of all required areas of training, may be used to meet this requirement.

    4.12.2 If position task books are used they shall comply with the provisions of Guide F3068.

    4.13 Certification or qualification renewal periods shall be determined by the AHJ.

    4.14 Where uncommon hazards are known to exist in abandoned or inactive mines in the normal area of operations, the AHJ shall consider requiring further training to meet these technical challenges.

    4.15 Use of this guide is based on the expectation that the AHJ provides, maintains, and inspects PPE for mine search and rescue in accordance with the provisions of 30 CFR, Chapter I, Subchapter H, Part 49, Subparts A and B.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training required for personnel who take part in search and rescue (SAR) operations in abandoned or inactive mines.

    1.2 An abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member will be able to perform all general land search and rescue functions.

    1.3 An abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member is not trained for SAR operations in surface mines, tunnels, or caves.

    1.4 This guide applies to underground mines only. It does not apply to surface mines, tunnels, or caves.

    1.5 This guide does not apply to search and rescue operations on, or in, bodies of water within abandoned or inactive mines.

    1.6 In accordance with Classification F1993, an abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member shall be classified as part of any of the following resources:

    1.6.1 Category—Land search.

    1.6.1.1 Kind—Non-wilderness;

    1.6.1.2 Kind—Wilderness;

    1.6.1.3 Duration—12 h.

    1.6.2 Category—Land rescue and land search and rescue.

    1.6.2.1 Kind—Non-wilderness;

    1.6.2.2 Kind—Wilderness;

    1.6.2.3 Duration—12 h.

    1.6.3 Category—Rope rescue crew (or team).

    1.6.3.1 Kind—Non-wilderness;

    1.6.3.2 Kind—Wilderness;

    1.6.3.3 Duration—12 h.

    1.7 Other training may be required before an endorsed abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member can fully participate as part of a particular category and kind of team or crew, based on specific local needs, regulations, or policies.

    1.8 This guide has references specific to use in the United States of America, but it may be adapted for use in other countries.

    1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.10 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1773 Terminology Relating to Climbing, Mountaineering, Search and Rescue Equipment and Practices

    F1993 Classification System of Human Land Search and Rescue Resources

    F2209 Guide for Training of Land Search Team Member

    F2751 Guide for Training of a Land Search and Rescue Team Member

    F2752 Guide for Training for Level I Rope Rescue (R1) Rescuer Endorsement

    F2890 Guide for Hazard Awareness for Search and Rescue Personnel

    F3068 Guide for Contents and Use of a Position Task Book (PTB)

    F3222 Terminology Relating to F32 Land Search and Rescue Standards and Guides

    Other Documents

    NWCG PMS 307 Work Capacity Testing for Wildland Firefighters An electronic copy of the publication is available at: https://www.nwcg.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pms307.pdf

    Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (30 CF Chapter I, Subchapter H, Part 49, Mine Rescue Teams

    Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (42 CF Chapter I, Subchapter G, Part 84, Subpart O, Closed-Circuit Escape Respirators


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.100.30 (Management of human resources); 13.200 (Accident and disaster control)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F3315-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3315-18, Standard Guide for Training of Abandoned or Inactive Mine Search and Rescue Team Member, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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