This course is designed to assist you in meeting Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Part 46 annual refresher requirements. Part 46 applies to shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, and surface limestone mines. If your work is in other MSHA regulated operations or you are an independent contractor that operates in other types of mining operations, you may be required to complete Part 48 training instead.
Whether you are a miner or an independent contractor, there are sections within the Part 46 training that must address issues of your specific operation. This course offers special instruction that will help you do that as well as provide training for the more generic MSHA recommended topics. In addition, it will help you accomplish your ultimate goal beyond MSHA compliance: to keep you safe in mine work areas.
You should be aware of what regulations cover your activity at the mine. There may be additional training requirements or stipulations not covered here.
You must have a copy of your company's training plan or know the time constraints for each topic of study and be sure your study meets the minimum hours outlined in your particular plan. Note that while this course covers the majority of subjects recommended for the refresher training, you must also fulfill some of the training requirements outside the scope of this course. For example, the regulations (46.8(b)) require a review of your site-specific hazards. The total time of study spent on the refresher must be a minimum of eight hours.
The course design here closely matches the template for Part 46 training provided by MSHA. When completed, your training will need to be certified by the person in your company responsible for mine safety and health training.
Who Should Take This Course
Mines must offer this safety and awareness training to persons performing all types of mining activities in MSHA Part 46 operations and to contractors who have frequent or extended exposures during maintenance activities. Examples of personnel that needs this training are listed below. You'll find the complete definitions miners and independent contractors in the regulations (30CFR Part 46.2).
- Mining personnel: drillers, blasters, equipment operators, truck drivers, welders, crane operators, electricians, and other maintenance and contruction workers
- Independent contractors
- Other facility personnel as required by the mines
The goal of this course is to provide the information necessary for you to learn the requirements of a safe workplace while meeting the requirements of the annual MSHA Part 46 refresher. Information is presented to help you recognize and avoid hazards you may be exposed to on a regular basis and those which occur unexpectedly. An overall understanding of all mining hazards in an open pit and crushing operation is also presented.
Note: Although this course covers much of the information required by the regulations, many employers may find it to necessary to augment this online training with additional site-specific information and hands on training (such as reviewing site-specific health and safety risks and/or providing respirator fit testing).
AssessmentExams following each module.
complete course 8 Hours
available 90 Days
Linda R. Taylor, PE is the Coordinator of Environmental Training and Technical Assistance programs at North Carolina State University's IES. Ms. Taylor has over 10 years of civil and environmental engineering experience, and has taught numerous online courses on MSHA Part 46 Refresher, environmental, health, and hazardous safety topics.