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MSHA Part 46 Training

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires new and experienced miners to complete in-depth training and annual retraining to ensure they are up to date on all MSHA safety and health requirements.

Part 46 training is designed to provide miners at surface-level mines with the knowledge they need to stay safe and MSHA compliant on the job. Upon completion of your training, you can instantly download your MSHA Form 5000-23 Certificate of Training.

MSHA New Miner Training

The 8-hour MSHA New Miner Training course prepares new miners to work safely at Part 46 mining operations. Once you begin working, your employer will provide additional training to teach you about job-specific hazards. » Learn More

MSHA Annual Refresher Training

Our 8-hour MSHA Annual Refresher Training satisfies MSHA’s annual retraining requirements for workers at Part 46 mines. You’ll review health and safety standards for Part 46 mines, and your employer will provide site-specific safety updates. » Learn More

Who Needs MSHA Part 46 Training?

Workers at surface mining operations regulated by Part 46 must complete a new miner training course before they can start work at the mine. MSHA also requires these miners to complete at least eight hours of Part 46 refresher training every year.

Miners, supervisors, construction workers and independent contractors are required to complete Part 46 training if they 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

Miners at coal mines and other underground mining operations must complete a separate training program outlined in MSHA Part 48.

Regulations Related to MSHA Part 46 Training

MSHA Part 46 (30 CFR Part 46)

What Is MSHA Part 46?

MSHA Part 46 is an MSHA regulation that outlines the training and annual retraining requirements for employees at certain types of surface mining operations, including sand, gravel, granite and marble mines. In total, the regulation applies to 17 types of surface mines.

Our online, 8-hour MSHA New Miner Training program satisfies MSHA requirements to start work at a Part 46 mine. Part 46 requires all new miners to complete a minimum of 24 hours of training within their first 90 days of employment.

Employers are responsible for providing the additional 16 hours of new miner training, which includes hands-on instruction and an overview of site-specific hazards.

MSHA also requires employees at Part 46 mines to complete at least eight hours of Part 46 retraining each year. This is known as annual refresher training.

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

Part 46 applies to surface mining operations, while Part 48 applies to underground mines. Part 48 training is primarily designed for miners at metal or coal mines. However, if you work at a surface mine not included in the list above, or in the surface area of an underground mine, you need Part 48 training.

What Is Covered in Part 46 Training?

MSHA Part 46 training covers topics concerning the safety and long-term health of workers at surface mining operations. Workers will learn how to protect themselves and their co-workers by recognizing common mining hazards and preventing avoidable injuries and illnesses.

Topics covered in online Part 46 training include:

  • An Introduction to MSHA
  • Surface Mining Operations Overview
  • Potential Health Risks of Mining
  • Hazard Communication on the Job
  • Electricity, Fire and Explosives
  • Mining Machinery and Equipment
  • Materials Handling and Storage
  • Mining Health and Safety Standards

Course Testing Requirements

At the conclusion of each course module, students will be prompted to take a 10-question quiz. The course concludes with a 20-question final exam. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass the quizzes and final exam, so you are guaranteed to pass.

Get Your MSHA Certificate of Training

Once you have successfully completed the course and final exam, you can instantly download your MSHA Form 5000-23 Certificate of Training.

The form will be pre-filled with your name, the training course you completed, the topics you were trained on, the type of mining operation you work for and the date you completed training.

Next, you will need to print and sign the MSHA form. The final step is to submit the form to your mine operator, who will sign the form and write in the mine name, mine ID and location of training.