- Who is MSHA?
- What is MSHA Part 46?
- What do I need to be compliant with MSHA Part 46?
- Who needs the training outlined by MSHA Part 46?
- What training does MSHA Part 46 require for New Miners?
- Where can I buy a product that meets all 24 hours of MSHA Part 46 Requirements?
- Why would somebody buy your MSHA Part 46 products when MSHA provides so many resources online, not to mention free training from their Field Personnel?
- Do your products satisfy MSHA's Annual Refresher requirements?
- What if I need training for multiple job sites or have a large number of employees?
- I’m a contractor. Do I need to have a training plan?
- I’m a contractor and I am only on a mine site for a limited time and I am supervised at all times by an experienced miner. Do I need Part 46 training?
1) Who is MSHA?
The Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA, is a federal organization within the United States Department of Labor that provides governmental oversight of the country's mining industry.
2) What is MSHA Part 46?
The Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA, is a federal organization within the United States Department of Labor that provides government oversight of the country’s mining industry.
MSHA Part 46 is a section of Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR, which defines health and safety rules and compliance requirements for non–metal and non–coal surface mines.
Mines that produce coal, metals, and other commodities through underground operations are governed by MSHA’s Part 46 regulations with significantly more rigid training and documentations requirements.
3) What do I need to be compliant with MSHA Part 46?
You need paperwork that shows you’ve planned, executed, and documented the training MSHA requires. For specific personnel, it must meet the minimumtime requirements within the specified time periods.
- A Training Plan - formatted to comply with MSHA requirements
- Training - that covers required MSHA Part 46 topics in the minimum time required
- A Record of Training - either MSHA’s 5000-23 form or a document formatted to comply with MSHA requirements
4) Who needs the training outlined by MSHA Part 46?
MSHA Part 46 defines training topics, minimum time requirements, and deadlines for training completion for:
Training Type Training Topics Minimum Time Requirement Deadlines New Miners See List of 9 Topics 24 Hours (Including 4 Hours Before Starting Work) 90 Days Newly Hired Experienced Miners See List of 8 Topics None 60 Days New Tasks Health and Safety Aspects of Tasks None Before Starting Task Annual Refresher Changes at the Mine 8 Hours 12 Months Site Specific Hazards Hazards at the Mine None When Necessary
5) What training does MSHA Part 46 require for New Miners?
MSHA Part 46 requires New Miners to be provided with no less than 24 hours of training no later than 90 days after starting work at the mine. But don't let that scare you. Only 4 hours of that training needs to take place BEFORE beginning work at the mine.
For an illustration of the topics, minimum time requirements, and deadlines for MSHA training, click here:
Click here to view a timeline for New Miners and Newly Hired Experienced Miners
Click here to view the required topics
6) Where can I buy a product meeting all 24 hours of MSHA Part 46 Requirements?
While our Service Miner Training courses provide over 8 hours of compliant training, no company sells a product that will satisfy MSHA’s 24 hour training requirement.
A MINE TOURand INSTRUCTION ON THE RECOGNITION AND AVOIDANCE OF HAZARDS PRESENT AT THE MINEare required. If you’re a MINE CONTRACTOR, this means you should coordinate with the surface mines you’ll work with for mine-specific information, tours, and training.
7) Why would somebody buy your MSHA Part 46 products when MSHA provides some resources?
Good point. If you're getting everything you need, by all means, continue to do so. But if you're like most of the industry, you're confused by MSHA's dizzying website, unsure how to interpret the vagaries of Part 46, and frustrated by schedule limitations of other services.
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- AWARD-WINNING TRAINING that covers way more than the basic MSHA Part 46 requirements
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- LOWER TRAINING COSTS compared to sending your personnel to training facilities, waiting for trainers to visit your site, or having to do all the compliancy research and documentation yourself
- UPDATEABLE AND UPGRADABLE TRAINING software that will stay current and relevant indefinitely
Don't get us wrong. You'll still have to do some work. But we can make the whole process easier than anyone else in the industry. Decide for yourself with our samples and FREE downloads.
8) Do your products satisfy MSHA's Annual Refresher requirements?
Customers are continually asking us if our Surface Miner Training products will help satisfy MSHA's Part 46 Annual Refresher requirements. Our answer... ABSOLUTELY!
Even though our Surface Miner Training material is based on MSHA's Part 46 Required topics for New Miners, we've designed both the training material and the compliancy software to suit a range of user needs including Annual Refresher training.
First, it's critical for everyone to understand that surface miners and surface mine contractors are required to have all the same training under Part 46. This includes Annual Refresher training which MSHA Part 46.8 outlines in two pieces:
- Instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect miners' health or safety; and
- Other health and safety subjects relevant to mining operations at the mine
So once you've covered Changes at the Mine with your team, you can use any of our Surface Miner Training modules to address other health and safety subjects relevant to your team's work at the mine.
With more than 8 hours of computer-based training material to choose from in each of our Surface Miner Training products, you can select any module at any time to use as a training tool for Annual Refresher training, weekly safety meetings, or toolbox talks. You can select relevant modules to help reinforce health and safety concepts through individual, self-paced computer training or presentations to your team as a group.
If you need more help understanding Part 46 or how our training products and integrated compliancy tools can improve safety, save money, and make compliance a breeze, please let us know. Our goal is not only to sell products, we're committed to improving the overall quality and effectiveness of training while providing useful information. Give us a call or send us an email and we'll do our best to match the right products to your specific needs.
9) What if I need training for multiple job sites or have a large number of employees?
Our Surface Miner Training software can deliver training to multiple workstations at the same site, or online to a virtually unlimited number of users at an unlimited number of sites.
Users can work from any internet-enabled PC to connect, take training, and submit results to the online learning management system. Managers or administrators can connect and review progress, reports, or print MSHA required documents. Conact us for more information.
10) I’m a contractor. Do I need to have a training plan?
Yes! Per 30 CFR 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 you need Part 46 training and all the associated documentation.
You are considered a miner and must have a written training plan and have eight hours of annual refresher training.
11) What if I am only on a mine site for limited time and always supervised? Do I need Part 46 training?
MSHA requires training for any person doing work, maintenance, or anything on a mine site for an extended period of time or on a frequent basis (more than five consecutive days or five days out of the year). Also, all mines have the right to require training even if MSHA doesn’t.