Who Should Take Eduwhere’s MSHA Refresher 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 need this training are listed below. You'll find the complete definitions of 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 construction workers
- independent contractors
- other facility personnel as required by the mines
Are You a Miner?
The MSHA requires 8 hours of MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training annually for miners, construction workers, supervisors and independent contractors who work in surface mining operations in gravel, slate, cement, kaolin, feldspar, shell dredging, lime, colloidal phosphate, surface limestone, traprock, surface marble, shale, sand, surface clay, slate, granite, surface stone or sandstone.
If you work at a mine site as a delivery worker, vendor, scientific worker, or service or maintenance worker with limited hours on site, you are not required to take the Part 46 training or the refresher course. Visitors and customers are also exempt from MSHA Part 46 training.
In this course, you’ll gain up-to-date information on topics crucial to miner health and safety, such as the use of respiratory devices, firewarning and firefighting, highwall protocols, night work, and accident prevention.
Are You a Supervisor at a Mining Site?
Mining operation supervisors who completed the MSHA Part 46 Training course or an annual refresher course up to one year ago must complete MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training. This 8-hour refresher course ensures that supervisors are fully educated about various mining hazards and aware of any updates since the previous course. Eduwhere’s refresher course will help you ensure that you are offering yourself and your team the best possible protection from potential perils on the job. You’ll also ensure that your team is able to adhere to critical protocols for communication of hazards.
Since many different operations intersect on a mining site—mining, construction, traffic control, electric work, drilling and more—supervisors must be well informed about any risks that they and other supervisors are responsible for mitigating.
Are You an Independent Contractor?
Independent contractors in surface mining and mining construction are required to complete the same training as mining operators, including MSHA Part 46 and MSA Part 46 Refresher training. If you are an independent contractor who completed either of these trainings up to 12 months ago, you are due to complete the MSHA Part 46 Refresher training. Note that if you work in coal or metal mining, or work on the surface of an underground mine, you will need to complete MSHA Part 48 training and annual refreshers instead.
As an independent contractor, upon entering a work site you must quickly get up to speed on how the onsite team operates and communicates. The MSHA 46 refresher training course will ensure that you are up to date on current protocols for HazCom, emergency planning, traffic planning, use of explosives, and more.
Industries that Require MSHA Part 46 Refresher Courses
Those who work in surface mining and surface mining construction must complete MSHA Part 46 training and annual 8-hour refresher training. This affects those who work in surface mines including slate, gravel, limestone, sand, marble, surface clay, kaolin, colloidal phosphate, crushed stone, granite, shale, cement, feldspar, sandstone, traprock and stone.
Other personnel who work on mining sites and must complete MSHA Part 46 training and refresher courses are drillers, welders, blasters, equipment operators, drillers, blasters, electricians, truck drivers, and crane operators.
The course covers topics that pertain not just to miners but to many different employees on a mining site, such as health and safety, HazCom, traffic patterns, ground control, emergency evacuation planning, water hazards, night work, electrical hazards, explosives, and the use of respiratory devices.