Tabletop Exercises

Emergencies happen. How your mine responds may determine whether lives are saved. The Tabletop Exercises module offers a training tool for mines to discuss their plans and procedures in the context of an emergency scenario.


Tabletop exercises are discussion-based exercises that offer an effective method for reviewing plans, procedures, and policies before investing the high level of time, cost, and resources necessary for a functional, or full-scale, exercise. They do not involve expensive physical simulators nor do they attempt to arrange elaborate facilities or actual communications. However, they are a good way to acquaint key personnel with emergency responsibilities, procedures, and one another. Tabletops can motivate people to think as they would in a real event and to solve problems as a group.


The tabletop exercise mine safety instructor handbook, train-the-trainer presentation, sample exercise presentation, and evaluation tools were developed by the Emergency Preparedness and Worker Safety Training Program at the Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV with input from mine safety professionals and mine emergency responders. These materials were influenced by guidance set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), but tailored to meet the training needs of the mining industry.





 Tabletop Exercises: Mine Safety Instructor Handbook

 PowerPoint Presentation: Tabletop Exercises for Mine Emergency Response (Train-the-Trainer)

 PowerPoint Presentation: Eagle Creek Mine Tabletop Exercise

 Tabletop Exercise Debrief Summary Form

 Tabletop Exercise Participant Feedback Form


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