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This course presents an overview of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) New Miner Training; particularly, this course covers the initial four hour training material requirements of MSHA Part 46 for surface mining. The mine operator must provide task and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered herein.
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?
New miners and newly hired experienced miners must receive training BEFORE they begin work at the mine.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card for MSHA Part 46 New Miner 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 0.4 CEUs (or 4 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our MSHA Part 46 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This training course will cover basic surface mining regulations, including how to recognize and avoid hazards inherent to mines, emergency response procedures, and miners' rights and responsibilities. Note that this course has been designed to train new miners prior to their first day on the job.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to MSHA Part 46 — New Miner Training Course
- Other Agencies
- New Miner
- Newly Hired Experienced Miner
- Annual Refresher
- New Task
- Site-specific Hazard
- Training Records
- Key Terms
- Introduction to the Mine Environment
- Surface Mining Development
- Surface Mining Operations
- Surface Mining Reclamation
- Types of Surface Mines
- Strip Mining
- Open Pit Mining
- Mountaintop Removal Mining
- Physical Characteristics of a Surface Mine
- Specialized Machinery
- Common Surface Mining Tasks
- Removing Overburden
- Mining Equipment
- Equipment Maintenance
- Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
- Weather Conditions
- Airborne Particulates and Fumes
- Unsafe Ground Conditions
- Walls and Benches
- Equipment Hazards
- Mobile Equipment Hazards
- Blind Spots
- Pinch Points
- Physical Hazards
- Noise Exposure
- Use of Explosives
- Storage of Explosive Material
- Heat Stress
- 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 Material
- Helpful Resources
- HAZCOM Program
- Health and Safety Aspects of Mining
- Warning Signs and Barriers
- Best Practices
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Additional Personal Protective Equipment
- Equipment Inspections
- Site Rules and Hazard Reporting
- Mine Site Rules
- Health of Mineworkers
- First Aid
- Mine Closures
- Idle Mining Operations
- Surface Mining Inspection
- Accident Reporting Procedures
- Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
- The Dirty Dozen
- Emergency Procedures
- Rights of Miners
- Participation in Inspections
- Requesting Inspection or Reporting Violations
- Withdrawal Orders
- Payment during a Withdrawal Order
- Contesting Enforcement Actions
- Health Protection
- Commenting Upon and Challenging New Rules
- Right to Information
- Protection against Discrimination
- Responsibility of the Miner
- Line of Authority
- Miners' Representative
- Designated Safety Personnel
- 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).