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MSHA Part 46 Training

Online Safety Courses for New and Experienced Miners

New Miner Training

Our 8-hour new miner training course includes everything you need to start working at a Part 46 mine. Once you complete the course, your employer will provide an additional 16 hours of training at the mine to teach you about site-specific hazards.

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Annual Refresher Training

This course satisfies MSHA requirements for Part 46 annual refresher training. We provide eight hours of instruction on mandatory health and safety standards, and your employer will update you on changes at the mine that could affect your health or safety.

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Save Money with Bulk Discounts

We make it simple and affordable for you to keep your entire workforce compliant with MSHA safety training requirements. Whether your team needs new miner training, annual refresher training or any combination of both, you can save time and money with our bulk rate pricing and corporate accounts.

Who Needs MSHA Part 46 Training?

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires mine workers to complete Part 46 training before they begin work at certain surface mining operations, such as sand, gravel and surface limestone mines. Workers at surface mines must also complete at least eight hours of Part 46 refresher training each year.

Part 46 training is mandatory for miners, supervisors, construction workers and independent contractors who work at any of the following surface mining operations:

  • Cement
  • Colloidal phosphate
  • Feldspar
  • Granite
  • Gravel
  • Kaolin
  • Lime
  • Sand
  • Sandstone
  • Shale
  • Shell dredging
  • Slate
  • Surface clay
  • Surface limestone
  • Surface marble
  • Surface stone
  • Traprock

People at the mine site who do not need Part 46 training include visitors, vendors, delivery workers, scientific workers and customers. Maintenance or service workers who don't work at the mine site for extended or frequent periods are also exempt from Part 46 training.

What Is the Difference Between Part 46 and Part 48 Training?

Part 46 applies to workers at the 17 surface mining operations listed above. Miners employed at underground mines or other surface mines need to complete Part 48 training. Part 48 is primarily for workers at metal or coal mines. If you work in the surface areas of an underground mine, you need Part 48 training.

What Topics Are Covered in Part 46 Training?

MSHA Part 46 training educates workers on a wide range of topics that aim to protect their safety and long-term health. Raising awareness of common mining hazards is an effective way to prevent avoidable injuries, deaths and chronic illnesses.

Topics covered in our Part 46 online courses include:

  • Introduction to MSHA
  • Overview of Surface Mining
  • Health Hazards in Mining
  • Hazard Communication
  • Electricity, Fire and Explosives
  • Mining Machinery and Equipment
  • Materials Handling and Storage
  • Mining Health and Safety Standards

Each section is followed by a quiz, and the courses end with a final exam. Students have an unlimited number of attempts to pass the quizzes and final exam. After you pass the final exam, you can instantly download a U.S. Department of Labor Certificate of Training (MSHA Form 5000-23).