MSHA Part 46 New Miner 4-Hour Introduction
This 4-hour MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Online Introduction is a "Jump Start" course designed to deliver the initial safety and emergency response topics required for you to begin work on a Part 46 mine. After completing the initial 4-hour training, MSHA regulations allow the trainee to begin work UNDER THE SUPERVISION of an experienced miner.
This course is designed to meet MSHA Part 46 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.
If you are an Independent Contractor there are sections within the Part 46 training that are a bit more difficult to apply, but this course offers special instruction that will not only help you complete the course, but accomplish the ultimate goal: 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 should also 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. 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. This person is listed in your company's training plan.
The total time of study for New Miner is 24 hours, which must include first aid training (Review of First Aid Methods). The four hour portion covered here must be done before the miner begins work, but allows him or her to work on a mine site under the observation of an experienced miner before completing the remainder of the training. (Note that this is according to MSHA regulation 30 CFR § 46.5(a). It is not uncommon for a mine to require contract workers to come with all training complete.) The worker must then complete the first aid within 60 days. Within 90 days they must complete additional training to bring the total to 24 hours. This may be any training that promotes health and safety at the mine including on-the-job training. The training need not be completed at a mine site.
Part of the training presented here will familiarize you with Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations, inspections, and training requirements.
After taking the initial 4-hour training, the worker must then complete the following:
The first aid training and additional safety training are not included in this online course. These requirements are the responsibility of the miner and employer.
We emphasize the following critical points before you begin any MSHA training:
Surface mining is a highly skilled occupation that comes with a number of hazards. Eduwhere’s MSHA Part 46 Training Online equips new miners with information they need to protect themselves and their team members from mining accidents as well as avoid environmental damage. In this on-demand course, you’ll gain a strong introduction to surface mining regulations, miners’ rights and responsibilities, and emergency protocols.
This course is the first 4 hours of training new miners and experienced miners working for a new company must take toward the MSHA requirement for 24 hours of Part 46 training. Miners must have completed this initial 4 hours of training before they can begin any work at a mine. The course also counts toward the annual requirement for MSHA 30 CFR Part 46 refresher training (8 hours required).
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This course is designed to assist in New Miner training requirements for personnel who will be working at a surface mine. Specifically:
If you are just beginning your surface mining career, the MHSA requires you to take 24 hours of Part 46 training to ensure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of mining health, safety, and security regulations and procedures. This applies to miners who work in surface mining for shell dredging, surface limestone, cement, sand, gravel, granite, colloidal phosphate, lime, sandstone, surface stone, surface clay, slate, traprock, kaolin, and feldspar.
This course comprises the first four hours of the required MSHA Part 46 training. This “jump start” course must be completed before you may begin any work on the mining site. It also counts toward your annual refresher training requirement (8 hours total).
Even experienced mining supervisors must complete Part 46 training when beginning work at a new mining site. This applies to supervisors at surface mining operations such as granite, cement, surface clay, traprock, feldspar, lime, sandstone, sand, colloidal phosphate, surface limestone, slate, shale, surface stone, and gravel. It also applies to shell dredging operations.
If you are an independent contractor beginning work at a new mining site that falls under MSHA Part 46 regulations, you may be required to complete training even if you are already an experienced miner. Consult MSHA Part 46 to determine if your work requires you to complete this training.
You will likely need to complete the training if you are actively involved in mining operations such as blasting, drilling, extracting, crushing, sizing, screening, developing, or hauling materials at a new mining site. Other parties who typically require the training are maintenance workers and construction workers who work with mining equipment or are otherwise exposed to mining hazards either on a routine basis or for long stretches of time.
MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Online is designed for new miners, experienced miners beginning work on new sites, independent contractors who are exposed to mining hazards, and mining supervisors in all types of surface mining operations. Industries that fall under the purview of MSHA Part 46 include:
4 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.
Citation: 30 CFR § 46.5
30 CFR § 46.5(b)
Before a new miner begins work at the mine, you must provide the miner with no less than 4 hours of training in the following subjects, which must also address site-specific hazards:
(1) An introduction to the work environment, including a visit and tour of the mine, or portions of the mine that are representative of the entire mine (walkaround training). The method of mining or operation utilized must be explained and observed;
(2) Instruction on the recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards and other hazards present at the mine, such as traffic patterns and control, mobile equipment (e.g., haul trucks and front-end loaders), and loose or unstable ground conditions;
(3) A review of the emergency medical procedures, escape and emergency evacuation plans, in effect at the mine, and instruction on the firewarning signals and firefighting procedures;
(4) Instruction on the health and safety aspects of the tasks to be assigned, including the safe work procedures of such tasks, the mandatory health and safety standards pertinent to such tasks, 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;
(5) Instruction on the statutory rights of miners and their representatives under the Act;
(6) A review and description of the line of authority of supervisors and miners' representatives and the responsibilities of such supervisors and miners' representatives; and
(7) An introduction to your rules and procedures for reporting hazards.
While this course covers many of these requirements, you will need to receive training on site-specific topics from the mine, your employer, or other training provider.
Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).
For over 25 years, Eduwhere has provided on-demand quality health and safety training for miners in an accessible and affordable format. We recognize that you are busy professionals with many demands on your time, so we create online certification courses instructed by industry leaders that you can access at your convenience from any location with an internet connection.
Your expert instructor for MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training online is Randy Newcomer, an award-winning trainer who is Director of Training and Services for Complete Safety Solutions. An MSHA-Certified Trainer and a Certified Mine Safety Professional, Randy has worked in mining for over two decades.
In addition to learning from Randy’s firsthand mining experience, you’ll benefit from his comprehensive and up-to-the-minute knowledge of MSHA regulations. This convenient four-hour online course is the perfect way to begin your required 24 hours of MSHA Part 96 training and get to work on your new mining site.
Upon completion of this introductory course, you will receive an unsigned certificate to be completed by your supervisor.
The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.
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