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.
What You Get:
Online Training Course: MSHA Part 46 Refresher
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
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).
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
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.
1.34 Industrial Hygiene CM Point (ABIH, Approval #10-081)
8 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 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).
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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.
How It Works:
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course accepted by MSHA?
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 annual refresher training. There are some components of the training, site-specific hazards, etc., that have to be provided by your employer.
Does this course meet the requirements for Part 46 new miner training?
No, this course should only be used for assistance in meeting the requirements for the Part 46 annual refresher requirements. A course for the four hour introductory part of the Part 46 New Miner training is available from Eduwhere.
I'm an independent contractor, do I have to have a written training plan?
Per 30CFR Part 46.2(e), if you are a person, partnership, corporation, subsidiary of a corporation, firm, association, or other organization that contracts to perform services at a shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate or surface limestone mine, then the answer is yes. You are considered a miner and have to have a written training plan and have 8 hours of annual refresher training.
Note that your written training plan should be completed and dated at least two weeks before your training is completed. Information regarding the training plan requirements can be found at 30CFR Part 46.3.
Will I get a pink ticket upon my completion of the course?
Yes, and no. When you complete the course, we will send you an uncompleted, unsigned MSHA 5000-23 form, also known as a pink ticket. You will also receive a certificate of course completion and a copy of your exam scores for your training record. These should be used as support documents for the person at your company to complete the MSHA 5000-23 form or whatever approved form your company uses to document MSHA training.
An electronic, printable version of he form along with detailed instructions may be found on MSHA's website. On the form Eduwhere should be listed as the competent person (institution) providing training along with your company's information in block 7. Remember that ultimately, the person signing block 6 must verify that all training was completed according to the regulatory requirements and to the company's satisfaction. That person should also make sure that Eduwhere is included in the list of competent persons and agencies in the training plan prior to your training.
Why isn't Eduwhere listed on the pink ticket as the "competent person providing training"?
This portion of the form is left empty so that your employer can complete this information and ensure that you have spent the required 8 hours of training, have reviewed the site-specific hazards as required by the regulations, and are eligible for the refresher training (in other words, you've completed the new miner training requirements).
The "competent person providing training" should be the person who monitors the course taker(s) and provides any supplemental information and training. Any individual that is listed in this portion of the 5000-23 form must also be included in your training plan PRIOR to conducting any training.
Why don't I get a signed pink ticket?
Eduwhere is not allowed to sign the form per MSHA regulations. Per the regulations, the responsible party for health and safety training at your facility or organization must sign the form and attest that you have completed your 8-hour annual refresher training requirement.
I've taken the 24 Hour New Miner Training, but it's been a number of years since I've taken an annual refresher. Do I have to re-take the 24 hour course, or can I take a refresher?
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.
Is this course as good as classroom training?
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.
What if the course doesn't take the required time?
It is possible to complete the required modules and tests in less than the required eight 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.
Do contractors need MSHA Part 46 training if they are only on the mines for a limited time period and supervised by an experienced miner?
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.
Do contractors need to obtain the New Miner training for each mine that they visit?
No, New Miner covers you for all Shell Dredging, Sand, Gravel, Surface Stone, Surface Clay, Colloidal Phosphate, or Surface Limestone Mines. The New Miner will only have to complete site-specific hazard training at each individual mine which the mine is responsible for doing (usually a simple hand-out, checklist, or short presentation).