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The mining industry presents numerous hazards, which is why MSHA requires mining refresher safety training. In addition to the 24 hours of new miner training, miners must receive 8 hours of refresher training annually. MSHA Part 46 refresher training is specific to hazards found at surface mines and provides best practices for accident prevention. Our online training course covers health and safety factors, instructions on safe equipment use, emergency procedures, and more.
What are the governing regulations? Title 30 CFR 46.8 requires 8 hours of annual MSHA surface refresher training. Part 46 refresher topics must cover changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety. This online certification course, in addition to our other MSHA refresher online courses, can be used as part of your company's MSHA-approved training plan.
On-site surface mine employees must receive this training. Training must also be available to visitors who want it.
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.
Who must take this training? This MSHA Part 46 refresher training online course is designed for operators, supervisors, safety personnel, and all other individuals who work at surface mines. MSHA surface refresher topics help miners identify and minimize exposure to hazards typically found at surface mines.
Safety training is good for a period of one year. Miners must receive 8 hours of annual MSHA refresher training no later than 12 months after they begin work at the mine, and no later than 12 months after the previous MSHA Part 46 refresher 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).