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MSHA Part 48 Subpart B Surface Mining Refresher

Online Training Certification Course

Underground Mining

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Due to the extreme conditions and safety risks inherent to mine sites, even experienced miners must complete annual safety training. Every miner is responsible for ensuring their safety and the safety of others at all times. This online training course is designed to help experienced miners complete refresher training relevant to MSHA Part 48 requirements. The topics covered in this MSHA Part 48 Subpart B refresher training are designed to help miners enhance their awareness of the health and safety hazards that accompany work at underground and surface mine sites.

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This MSHA Part 48 Subpart B annual refresher training is designed for experienced miners in accordance with 30 CFR 48.28. Refresher training must occur annually after completion of initial training. Topics must include health and safety factors, prevalent hazards, and emergency procedures.

Case Study: In 2012, the Unimin mining company reduced hand injuries by 53 percent by implementing new PPE policies.

A study determined that hands and fingers were the most injured body parts in the industrial minerals industry. Unimin changed its policy to require its employees to wear gloves at all times outside of any controlled environment. Employees were issued gloves based on the hazards associated with their individual tasks. After the three-month pilot program, hand injuries requiring first aid or medical treatment were reduced by 53 percent, and Unimin expanded the program to all of its facilities.

Key Takeaways: Although PPE does not completely eliminate hazards, it is nevertheless useful in preventing accidents that could lead to injury or death of miners.

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Governing Regulations

The requirements for training and retraining miners working at surface mines and surface areas of undergrounds are found in 30 CFR 48. The mine operator must provide task- and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered in this MSHA Part 48 Subpart B refresher online 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 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B, Surface Mining Refresher Training
  • Key Definitions
  • Key Terms
  • Experienced Miner Training
  • Experience Miner Training Requirements
  • New Work Task Training Requirements
  • Annual Refresher Training Requirements
  • Recordkeeping and Training Compensation
  • Miners' Rights
  • Responsibilities of Miners and Supervisors
    Health and Safety
  • Structural Hazards
  • Equipment Hazards
    • Belt Conveyors
    • Welding and Cutting Equipment
    • Surface Powered Haulage Equipment
  • Equipment Inspections
  • Fire and Explosion Hazards
  • Fire Control and Prevention
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Electrical Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Atmospheric Hazards
    • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
    • Flammable Atmosphere
    • Toxic Atmosphere
    • Dust
    • Dust Control
    • Gases and Vapors
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Types of Respirators
  • Choosing a Respirator Type
  • Physical Hazards
    • Heat Stress
    • Noise Exposure
    • Noise Exposure Troubleshooting
    • Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)
    • Types of Hearing Protection
    • Vibration
  • Ergonomic Hazards
    Transportation and Communication
  • Traffic Signs and Warning Signals
  • Transportation of People
  • Transportation of Explosive Materials
    Hazard Reporting and Mitigation
  • Dirty Dozen
  • Hazard Communication Program
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Rescue Operations
  • Self-Rescue Devices
  • Mine Map
  • First Aid
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 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 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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