MSHA Part 46 Training: 4-Hour Online Certification Course for New Miners

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:

  • First Aid including CPR within 60 days, and
  • Additional safety training to bring the total hours completed to 24 hours within 90 days.

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:

  • Always check with the mine (and your employer, if different than the mine) to confirm the type of training they require and will accept. Please confirm the training you invest in is acceptable under your company's training plan. We may be able to refund your money. We cannot refund your time.
  • Who Signs the Pink Sheet? Always Identify the “person responsible for training” who will sign your training documentation. Generally, the person signing the form is a trainer acting on behalf of the operator (for example, a qualified company safety official or trainer contracted by the mine). Eduwhere is not the signatory for your training documentation.
  • Eduwhere does not sign the training documentation certificate (nor do we sign Form 5000-23).

MSHA Part 46 Online Training Course Details

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).

Course Fee
$135.00 USD


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  • Accepted by: MSHA

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1. Introduction to the Work Environment
2. Recognition and Avoidance of Hazards
3. Emergency Response
4. Health and Safety Aspects of the Assigned Tasks
5. Statutory Rights of Miners and Their Representatives
6. Authority and Responsibilities
7. Rules and Procedures for Reporting Hazards
8. 4-Hour Confirmation

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s MSHA New Miner Training Online Class?

This course is designed to assist in New Miner training requirements for personnel who will be working at a surface mine. Specifically:

  • New Miner; and
  • Newly Hired Experienced Miner; but also
  • Construction workers;
  • Maintenance workers;
  • Mine contractors; and
  • Other workers beginning work at a mine.

Are You a New Miner Working at a Surface Mining Site?

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).

Are You a New Supervisor at a Mining Site?

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.

Are You an Independent Contractor Working at a Mining Site for the First Time?

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.

Industries that Require MSHA New Miner Training Courses

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:

  • Granite
  • Cement
  • Sandstone
  • Surface stone
  • Shell dredging
  • Surface clay
  • Kaolin
  • Surface limestone
  • Slate
  • Feldspar
  • Gravel
  • Lime
  • Marble
  • Shale
  • Colloidal phosphate
  • Traprock
  • Sand
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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 MSHA Part 46 New Miner and New Experienced Miner training. 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.


Randy Newcomer, CMSP, COHC

Randy is Director of Training and Services for Complete Safety Solutions out of Pennsylvania. He is an MSHA Certified Trainer and has designed award winning training programs. Randy is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and member of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals. He is active with the Holmes Safety Association and past president of the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Holmes Council. He is also a certified instructor for first aid, CPR, and AED, a member of the National Safety Council, and a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist. He has worked as Director of Compliance at Rohrer's Quarry and involved in the mining industry for over twenty-four years.

Randy has made many presentations including several at MSHA's Metal/Nonmetal Northeastern District programs, the National Mine Safety Academy, National Holmes Association Meeting, and the Pennsylvania Aggregate and Concrete Association. He has designed many kinds of training and educational programs including a first place winner in MSHA's Annual Training Materials Competition.

Contact Hours

4 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

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.

How Often Does MSHA Part 46 Training Need to Be Updated?

After their initial MSHA Part 46 Training, miners must complete MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training every year. Conditions in mines and mining regulations can change quickly, so annual training ensures that all miners are up to date on the most current protocol.

At least 8 of the 24 hours of the training package must be completed for the miner to qualify as having completed refresher training. The coursework must cover any recent changes to the worker’s mine or to mining regulations in general, and it must address health and safety issues in the context of mining.

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.

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Course FAQs

MSHA considers online training courses to be a perfectly acceptable means of training just as they do for courses available on CD-ROM or video. However, MSHA makes the important distinction that all of these means of training (online, video, CD-ROM) are to assist companies in complying with the requirements for training. There are some components of the training, site-specific hazards, etc., that have to be provided by your employer.
Beyond being the required topics and material required, training is only as good as what you invest in it. Classroom training has the benefit of more interaction with other attendees and active question and answer periods. On the other hand, particularly in large groups it is possible to 'zone out' in the classroom (whether intentionally or unintentionally) and miss important parts. In a classroom, instruction is provided to a group with diverse knowledge levels and you can find yourself spending a lot of time on something you know while other times spending insufficient time on something you don't understand. Online training has the benefit of being more easily individualized. You can spend more time where you need it and less on material you already understand. Our courses provide some ability for you to spend time on topics of more interest or application to your specific job while meeting all the topic requirements. Since the MSHA class requires a specific number of hours that you MUST spend on a course, online training allows you to spend this time on material which is most beneficial to you. At the same time the questions at the end of each module make sure you have understood the basic safety issues concerned. No matter how you spend your time training, whether online or in a classroom, Eduwhere hopes you make the most of it. It's YOUR safety that is at risk. We'd like to see you come back safely for many more courses.
It is possible to complete the required modules and tests in less than the required four hours. You can supplement this course with the extra materials suggested in the course using the links to MSHA's website or you or your company can add other materials as long as the material fits the guidelines of your training plan. At the end of the online class you are asked to affirm that the time requirement has been met. If you falsely state that it has you are cheating yourself, your company, and BREAKING THE LAW! When the person at your company signs the MSHA 5000-23 form or whatever form your company uses to document the training, he or she is making a legal statement that the training was completed as required and is subject to punishment which may include a fine and prison.
As long as you are with the same company as you were when you took your last refresher, even if your annual refresher training has lapsed, you just need to take a refresher course to get up-to-date on your training. If you change companies your refresher training is not valid at the new company and you must complete Newly Hired Experienced Miner training and in some circumstances an annual refresher to again be certified to work in a mine.

Of course, if your training has lapsed you shouldn't be working at a mine until you complete an annual refresher.
MSHA requires training for a person doing maintenance work on a mine site if he does the work in an extended or frequent basis (more than five consecutive days or 5 days out of the year). Of course, individual mines may require the training even if MSHA doesn't require it.

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.