MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training Course
From Mining Courses
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.
Course Fee: $ 95
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
MSHA Subjects include:
1. The Miner's Health and Safety
2. Applicable Health and Safety Requirements
4. Transportation Controls and Communication Systems
5. Escape and Emergency Evacuation Plans
6. Firewarning and Firefighting
7. Ground Conditions and Control
8. Traffic Patterns and Control
9. Working In Areas Of Highwalls
10. Water Hazards, Pits, and Spoil Banks
11. Illumination and Night Work
12. First Aid
13. Electrical Hazards
14. Prevention of Accidents
17. Respiratory Devices
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).
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.
Citation: 30 CFR Part 46.8
30 CFR Part 46.8
Annual refresher training.
(a) You must provide each miner with no less than 8 hours of annual refresher training-
(1) No later than 12 months after the miner begins work at the mine, or no later than March 30, 2001, whichever is later; and
(2) Thereafter, no later than 12 months after the previous annual refresher training was completed.
(b) The refresher training must include instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner's health or safety.
(c) 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).
Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).