Online MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training Course

MSHA Part 46 Refresher

This online mining refresher 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.

Please Consider...

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.

Course Details

MSHA requires mine workers who have completed MSHA Part 46 training to also complete a minimum of eight hours of refresher training each year. Our MSHA Part 46 Refresher training course focuses on miner safety and long-term health. Covering a broad range of mining hazards, it is designed to help prevent injury, chronic illness, and death as a result of working in mines. This refresher course meets MSHA requirements for this training.

Course Fee
$135.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate (Unsigned)
  • Accepted by: MSHA

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The course takes you through all the basic safety precautions and is to the point about it.
—Dylan P.
Need Signed Documentation
While our MSHA Part 46 Refresher course is offered in an immediate, on-demand format, we also offer the training in a scheduled online classroom environment with a live instructor for those who need an MSHA certified instructor of if you would like a signed certificate. If you need a MSHA certified trainer to supervise your training and / or a signed certificate, please consider:


MSHA Subjects include:
1. The Miner's Health and Safety
2. Applicable Health and Safety Requirements
3. HazCom
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
15. Health
16. Explosives
17. Respiratory Devices

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.

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Course Objectives

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 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.

Contact Hours

8 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 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).

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

All surface miners must complete MSHA Part 46 Training before beginning work. After the initial training, 8 hours of MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training is required annually (within 12 months of the previous training). Annual refresher training ensures that miners remain aware of health and safety issues and are updated on any changes that may have taken place since the previous training.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your MSHA Part 46 Refresher Course?

Eduwhere’s 8-hour MSHA Part 46 Refresher Course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to guard against the health and safety hazards addressed in MSHA Part 46. When you enroll in our MSHA-approved refresher course, you’ll have instant online access to the training materials, so you can begin right away. Upon completion, you will receive an unsigned certificate to be signed by the safety official at your company.

Our refresher course will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’re compliant with MSHA regulations and have renewed awareness of how to protect yourself and your colleagues from health and safety hazards in your work environment. You’ll also leave the course feeling confident in your knowledge of how to communicate hazards to others on a work site.

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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 annual refresher training. There are some components of the training, site-specific hazards, etc., that have to be provided by your employer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).

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.