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MSHA Part 48 Subpart B Surface Mining

Online Training Certification Course

Underground Mining

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This online training certification course presents an overview of the initial training requirements for new surface miners at underground mines. Topics include basic mining regulations, emergency response procedures, miners' rights and responsibilities, and the recognition and avoidance of mine hazards.

Working at a mine presents many hazards, and understanding those hazards is critical to your safety and the safety of your fellow miners. MSHA Part 48 covers training and retraining requirements for miners. It contains two subparts: Subpart A focuses on underground miners, while MSHA Part 48 Subpart B training topics are specific to miners working at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines.

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Under federal law, new miners and newly hired experienced miners must complete MSHA Part 48 training requirements before working at a mine. Annual refresher training is required yearly after completion of initial safety training.

Case Study: March 17, 2015, a 52-year-old truck driver was fatally injured when the fuel tanker truck he was operating rolled over and crushed him. The truck was found lying on its top against the hillside with the cab ceiling crushed and both doors closed. Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim had likely driven the truck at too high of a speed into a descending, sharp, right-hand curve on the haul road where the truck was found overturned. In addition, the investigators could not determine if the victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Key Takeaways: Employers should incorporate engineering controls that require all employees to wear seatbelts before operating any mobile equipment. Miners should never override a vehicle's design capabilities, load limits, and safety features; and they should take special care to observe haul road speed limits. Additionally, operators should ensure that equipment braking systems are always in good repair.

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Governing Regulations

MSHA underground surface training requirements are set forth in 30 CFR Part 48 and Section 115 of the Mine Act. The mine operator must provide task- and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered in this MSHA Part 48 Subpart B online training course.


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 New Miner Safety Training
  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977
  • Key Terms
  • 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B Training Requirements
  • Minimum Courses of Instruction
  • Additional Training-New Tasks
  • Additional Training-Annual Refresher
  • Additional Training-Site-specific Hazard Awareness Training
  • Recordkeeping and Training Compensation
    Miners' Rights and Responsibilities
  • Miners' Rights-Overview
  • Right to Protection Against Discrimination
  • Protected Activities
  • Reporting Discriminatory Conduct
  • Right to Request an Inspection
  • Making A Complaint
  • Right to Be Represented or Participate in Inspections
  • Procedures for Nominating a Representative
  • Responsibilities of the Miners' Representative
  • Participating in Inspections
  • Right to Pay During a Withdrawal Order
  • Right to Be Informed of and Participate in Enforcement Proceedings
  • Right to Receive Health and Safety Training
  • 30 CFR 48 Training Rights
  • Right to Health Protection
  • Rights Relating to New and Revised Standards or Regulations
  • Petitioning for Modifications to Safety Standards or Regulations
  • Right to Information
  • Responsibilities of Miners and Supervisors-Overview
  • Miner Responsibilities
  • Supervisor Responsibilities
  • Line of Authority
    Introduction to the Work Environment
  • Types of Surface Mines
  • Strip Mining
  • Open Pit Mining
  • Mountaintop Removal Mining
  • Surface Mining Development
  • Common Surface Mining Tasks
  • Leveling
  • Drilling
  • Blasting
  • Removing Overburden
  • Dumping
  • Backfilling
  • Extracting
  • Transporting
  • Reclaiming
  • Mine-specific Work Environment
    Transportation and Communication
  • Transportation Hazards
  • Blind Spots
  • Blind Spot Accident Prevention
  • Seatbelts
  • Transportation of People
  • Traffic Signs and Warning Signals
  • Mine Communication
  • Entering and Leaving the Mine
    Structural Hazards
  • High Walls
  • Walls and Benches
  • Falls, Slips, and Trips
    Equipment Hazards
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Welding and Cutting Equipment
  • Surface Powered Haulage Equipment
  • Hand Tools-Slate Bars
  • Hand Tools-Hammers
  • Pinch Points
  • Machinery Maintenance
  • Equipment Inspections
  • Equipment Repair Guidelines
    Fire and Explosion Hazards
  • Fire Control and Prevention
  • Explosives
  • Storage of Explosive Material
    Electrical Hazards
  • Electric Shock
  • Arc Flash
  • Burns
  • Batteries
  • Power Lines
  • Additional Electrical Hazards
  • Electrical Hazard Analysis
  • Electrical Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Electrical Requirements at Surface Mines
    Atmospheric Hazards
  • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
  • Flammable Atmosphere
  • Toxic Atmosphere
  • Dust
  • Dust Control
  • Gases
  • Gas Sampling
  • Diesel Exhaust
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Health Effects of Atmospheric Hazards
  • Black Lung
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Respiratory Protection Equipment
  • Respirator Components
  • Types of Respirators
    Physical Hazards
  • Heat Stress
  • Noise Exposure
  • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
  • Noise Exposure Levels
  • Noise Exposure Troubleshooting
  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Types of Hearing Protection
  • Vibration
  • Ergonomics
  • Housekeeping and Sanitation
    Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
  • Risk Assessment
  • SLAM-Risk Management for Miners
  • SMART-Risk Management for Operators
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment Controls
  • Types of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Surface Mine Inspections
  • Hazard Reporting
  • The Mine Act
  • Dirty Dozen
  • Hazard Communication Program
    Emergency Procedures and First Aid
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Rescue Operations
  • Self-Rescue Devices
  • Mine Map
  • First Aid
    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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I enjoyed this course. It was full of valuable information. As a very experienced educator, I was impressed with the course, and the assessment was carefully aligned with the material.

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I learned a lot with my safety with explosions Etc hazardous material how to handle it what to do when someone is injured in a timely manner it definitely helped me alot it took me all day to get it done but I did it thank you8th

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This was a very informative course that I can say i walked away with more knowledge about the subject matter than I had before. I would have liked to see more non graded questions that the user can answer throughout the course to ensure more confidence going into the test.

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I think the online training was easy to follow and covered all topics well.

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Good course to take for introduction to 48 part B.



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