MSHA Part 46 New Miner 4-Hour Introduction

This 4-hour, 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.

Fee: $ 135

Online Training Course: MSHA Part 46 New Miner 4-Hour Introduction

Who Should Take This Course

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
  • and other workers beginning work at a mine.


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.


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


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

0.67 Industrial Hygiene CM Point (ABIH, Approval #10-080)

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.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

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