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Title 30 CFR § 46.8 requires 8 hours of annual refresher training no later than 12 months after the surface miner begins work at the mine and no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed. The training must cover changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
On-site surface mine employees must receive this training. Training must also be available to visitors who want it.
Every person at a mine site has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are observed at all times. The employer is responsible for providing information, instruction, and supervision to all workers. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all workers are properly trained and are compliant with MSHA and OSHA regulations. And workers are responsible for observing all MSHA and OSHA standards and practicing safe work habits.
To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by a competent person. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.
If you are unsure how to write a training plan we can help with our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining industry.
Who must take this course?
This course is designed for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines who are required by MSHA to take annual refresher training.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Part 46 Surface Mining Refresher Overview proof of training.
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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our MSHA Part 46 Surface Mining Refresher Overview training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
One way that MSHA tries to keep surface miners safe is by requiring annual refresher training in accordance with 30 CFR § 46.8. This training must cover health and safety factors, prevalent hazards, emergency procedures, and hazardous equipment.
This course explores chemical hazards, environmental hazards, physical hazards, and equipment hazards found at surface mine sites and provides best practices for accident prevention. There are also instructions on using equipment safely that is commonly found at surface mines.
An overview of the following topics are covered in this course:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to the MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Course
- Training Records
- General Causes of Mining Accidents
- Overview of Surface Mining Hazards
- Key Terms
- Chemical Hazards
- Class 1-Explosives
- Class 2-Gases
- Class 3-Flammable and Combustible Liquids
- Class 4-Flammable Solids
- Class 5-Oxidizers and Organic Peroxide
- Class 6-Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
- Class 7-Radioactive Material
- Class 8-Corrosive Materials
- Class 9-Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials
- Environmental Hazards
- Water Hazards, Pits, and Spoil Banks
- Illumination and Night Work
- Ground Conditions and Control
- Transportation Controls and Communication Systems
- Physical Hazards
- Respiratory Contaminants
- Emergency Procedures
- Accident Prevention
- Protective Equipment
- Escape and Emergency Evacuation Plans
- First Aid
- Equipment Hazards
- Mobile Equipment
- Conveyor Systems
- Safety Best Practices
- Tool Use, Maintenance, and Repair
- Material Handling
- Fall Prevention and Protection
- Moving Objects
- Machine Guarding
- Miners' Rights
- Additional Resources
According to MSHA 30 CFR § 46.8:
Annual refresher training.
- You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training:
- No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
- Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
- The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
- Refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to: applicable health and safety requirements, including mandatory health and safety standards; 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; transportation controls and communication systems; escape and emergency evacuation plans, firewarning and firefighting; ground conditions and control; traffic patterns and control; working in areas of highwalls; water hazards, pits, and spoil banks; illumination and night work; first aid; electrical hazards; prevention of accidents; health; explosives; and respiratory devices. Training is also recommended on the hazards associated with the equipment that has accounted for the most fatalities and serious injuries at the mines covered by this rule, including: mobile equipment (haulage and service trucks, front-end loaders and tractors); conveyor systems; cranes; crushers; excavators; and dredges. Other recommended subjects include: maintenance and repair (use of hand tools and welding equipment); material handling; fall prevention and protection; and working around moving objects (machine guarding).