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MSHA Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Online Training Certification Course

Underground Mining

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Underground mines are some of the world's most dangerous work environments. Safety training is critical to reduce worksite accidents and injuries caused by fire, flood, toxic contaminants, collapse, and explosions.

Before a new miner enters a worksite, they must first complete MSHA new miner training. This online certification course contributes toward the required 40 hours of new miner training, as well as the minimum 8 hours of newly hired experienced miner training. It covers basic concepts and a general overview of mining health and safety regulations, including proper methods and rules that new miners must follow before, during, and after working at a mine.

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This underground new miner training online course is geared toward anyone working in a mine and aims to provide safety to new miners. New miners and newly hired experienced miners must receive proper MSHA Part 48 training before beginning work at the mine.

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Case Study: On August 8, 1998, a 40-year-old utility worker at an underground coal mine was using a single-boom roof bolting machine to install roof bolts in the face area. He installed eight of the fourteen roof bolts (including two rib bolts for a wide corner) in three rows. The victim then moved the roof bolting machine inby and drilled a hole for the first bolt in the fourth row. Then, the roof in the unsupported area behind him fell, inflicting fatal injuries.

The pattern of roof bolt installation resulted in the victim being under an unsupported roof during drilling and installation. The roof-bolting machine was not equipped with a canopy protecting the machine's drilling controls. The operator of a single-head roof bolting machine must be protected by the roof support provided by the rib and the ATRS while installing the first roof bolt in a row.

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Governing Regulations

This underground new miner training course presents an overview of MSHA Part 48 training requirements. Specific requirements for MSHA new miner certification are found within 30 CFR 48, including the training requirements for miners who work at coal mines, underground metal and non-metal mines, and surface areas of metal and non-metal mines. The mine operator must provide task- and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered in this Part 48 new miner training.


IT IS YOUR COMPANYS RESPONSIBILITY to Record and certify that each miner has received training required under this part on MSHA Form 5000-23 , or on a form that contains the information listed in paragraph (b) of 30 CFR § 46.9

If you are a mine owner or supervisor and unsure how to write a training plan, we can help with our Part 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining training industry.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to MSHA Part 48 - New Miner Training Course
  • MSHA Regulations
  • MSHA Part 46 vs. Part 48
  • Part 48 Applicability
  • Training Plans
  • Subpart A-New Miner Training Hours
  • Subpart B-New Miner Training Hours
  • Hazard Training
  • Additional Training
  • Training Records
    Introduction to the Mine Environment
  • Underground Mining Methods
  • Unsupported Methods
  • Supported Methods
  • Caving Methods
  • Mining Operations
  • Common Mining Tasks
  • Mining Equipment
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Mine Specific Work Environment
    Mine Site Rules
  • Entering and Leaving the Mine
  • Mine Transportation Systems
  • Mine Communication
  • Transportation Signals and Signs
  • Warning Signs and Barriers
  • Security
    Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Electrical Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Fire and Explosions Hazards
  • Fire Controls
  • Use of Explosives
  • Storage and Transportation of Explosive Material
  • Rock Dusting
  • Respiratory Hazards
  • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
  • Flammable Atmosphere
  • Toxic Atmosphere
  • Dust
  • Dust Control
  • Gases
  • Gas Sampling
  • Diesel Exhaust
  • Structural Hazards
  • Roof and Rib Support
  • Equipment Hazards
  • Blind Spots
  • Pinch Points
  • Hand Tools
  • Ergonomics
  • Falls, Slips, and Trips
  • Health Protection
    • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
    • Noise Exposure Levels
    • Hearing Conservation Program
    • Types of Hearing Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
    • Health Effects of Dust
    • Black Lung
    • Part 90
    • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Ventilation
    • Respiratory Protection Equipment
    • Respirator Components
    • Types of Respirators
  • Vibrations
  • Heat Stress
  • Health of Mineworkers
    Emergency Procedures and First Aid
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Emergency Communications
  • Mine Map
  • Mine Map Contents
  • Emergency Warning Systems
  • Emergency Evacuations
  • Escapeways
  • Escapeway Map
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Emergency Response
  • Barricades
  • Rescue Operations
  • Mine Rescue Teams
  • Self-Rescue Devices
  • First Aid
  • First Aid Versus Medical Treatment
    Hazard and Accident Reporting
  • Accident Reporting Procedures
  • Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Accident Reports
  • Mining Inspection
    Rights of Miners
  • Miners' Representative
  • Participation in Inspections
  • Requesting Inspection or Reporting Violations
  • Withdrawal Orders
  • Contesting Enforcement Actions
  • Training
  • Health Protection
  • Commenting Upon and Challenging New Rules
  • Right to Information
  • Protection against Discrimination
  • Responsibility of the Miner
  • Line of Authority
  • Supervisor
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 4 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

In addition to initial new and experienced miner training, workers must complete annual refresher training. Annual experienced miner training includes topics that are relevant to health and safety hazards of underground mining.

  1. Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
  2. The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
    1. Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner's tasks.
    2. Transportation controls and communication systems. The course shall include instruction on the procedures for riding on and in mine conveyances; the controls in effect for the transportation of miners and materials; and the use of the mine communication systems, warning signals, and directional signs.
    3. Barricading. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
    4. Roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans. The course shall include a review of roof or ground control plans in effect at the mine and the procedures for maintaining and controlling ventilation. In addition, for underground coal mines, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the course shall include a review of the emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction in effect at the mine.
    5. First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
    6. Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
    7. Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents, and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
    8. Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of self-rescue and respiratory devices used at the mine. In addition, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the training for self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) devices shall include:
      1. Hands-on training in the complete donning of all types of self- contained self-rescue devices used at the mine, which includes assuming a donning position, opening the device, activating the device, inserting the mouthpiece, and putting on the nose clip; and
      2. Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
    9. Explosives. The course shall include a review and instruction on the hazards related to explosives. The only exception to this course component is when there are no explosives used or stored on the mine property.
    10. Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
    11. Health. The course shall include instruction on the purpose of taking dust, noise, and other health measurements and any health control plan in effect at the mine shall be explained. The health provisions of the Act and warning labels shall also be explained.
    12. Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
  3. Refresher training may include other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to, information about the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the miner's work area, the protective measures a miner can take against these hazards, and the contents of the mine's HAZCOM program.
  4. Where annual refresher training is conducted periodically, such sessions shall not be less than 30 minutes of actual instruction time and the miners shall be notified that the session is part of annual refresher training.

Each student will receive 0.4 CEUs (or 4 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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This was a great Class. Easy to follow.

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In my personal opinion it was a very thorough and informative course. Thank you.

Nick F Verified
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Very informational

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Excellent course organization, comprehensible and user friendly!

Alea P Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Great course - easy to find, purchase, and navigate. Thanks.

Michael M Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Really liked the approach this course took. Focused on the elements that are important to the certification, but also practical knowledge for every miner.

Courtney K Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Really enjoyed the course. I found it easy to follow and plenty of time to go back over information

Edward W Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

good course

Krish S Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Very good training!

James F Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Good program

Nicholas H Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Very useful and easy way to obtain the Part 48 training.

Tanner B Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Good overview of mine safety policies and procedures.

Kristi F Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Great and thorough training.

Robert L Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Very good overview training.

Carl K Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Great class straight forward learning

Adam R Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

I thought it was very informational and good. Refreshed a lot of memory from working underground before. Was very user friendly.

Karen E Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Thought this course was designed well. For someone who has not worked in this field, provided good information to help them know who to talk to and what to do in an emergency situation.

Lori K Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Thank You... I certainly recognize the need for further study! Your test is very thorough, and I do appreciate that!

Carlos R Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

Great training ' lots of information.

Eduardo P Verified
Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner

A lot of information. I learned a lot from this course.



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