Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Part 46 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner


The online course is formulated to help newly joined miners and fresh recruits of experienced miners who are involved in shell dredging or gravel, sand, surface stone, surface limestone or surface clay mines acquire basic understanding on general health and safety hazards at surface mines and how to tackle them.

The course also provides learners with clear understanding on their work responsibilities, nature of equipments that they would handle and associated risks, prevention methodologies and safety regulations to be adhered.

Governing regulations

The training will be based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) New Miner Training principles and meet the training requirements of MSHA Part 46 for surface mining activities. As per the guidelines, the mine operators must provide site and task-specific training to new miners in addition to the topics specified here.

Even if regulations are enforced, every worker, irrespective of his or her hierarchy, should be responsible to follow all safety regulations and standards to ensure safety for all. Employers or the senior management should ensure that adequate information, instructions are provided and workers get best supervision while supervisors are responsible to see that all workers under them are trained well and are MSHA and OSHA compliant. Workers who are taking orders from seniors should work within MSHA and OSHA standards and practice safe work habits.

It is also mandatory that MSHA must approve training plan and companies must engage a competent safety authority to train their workers. Hence companies can use this course or any of our mine safety courses as part of their safety training plans.

Employers willing to have approved training procedures can approach us to take the help of our Part 46 Surface Mining Training Plan course, which is the only such course available in the mining industry.

Course Overview

The training course covers important aspects of mining regulations, safety standards, methodology to recognize potential threat, hazards and risks, miners’ rights and responsibilities and prevention procedures. This course is specially made for those who are joining afresh and beginning their career in mining environment.

Who Must Take this Course?

As mentioned earlier, this course is specially made for new minors and newly recruited experienced minors who need to be trained on the safety aspects and risk perceptions at mines and rules and regulations to be followed before they start of their regular work.

Course Format

Our MSHA Part 46 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Students who are completing the course will be provided with a hard copy of completion certificate along with a printable wallet card.

Continuing education credits?

Each candidate will receive 0.4 CEUs (or 4 CMEs) for completing this e-learning course.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to MSHA Part 46 — New Miner Training Course
    • Applicability
      • Other Agencies
      • New Miner
      • Newly Hired Experienced Miner
      • Annual Refresher
      • New Task
      • Site-specific Hazard
    • Training Records
    • Key Terms
  • Introduction to the Mine Environment
    • Surface Mining Development
    • Surface Mining Operations
    • Surface Mining Reclamation
    • Types of Surface Mines
    • Strip Mining
    • Open Pit Mining
    • Mountaintop Removal Mining
    • Physical Characteristics of a Surface Mine
    • Specialized Machinery
    • Common Surface Mining Tasks
    • Leveling
    • Drilling
    • Blasting
    • Removing Overburden
    • Dumping
    • Backfilling
    • Extraction
    • Reclamation
    • Transporting
    • Mining Equipment
    • Equipment Maintenance
  • Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
    • SLAM
    • Weather Conditions
    • Airborne Particulates and Fumes
    • Unsafe Ground Conditions
    • Walls and Benches
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Mobile Equipment Hazards
    • Blind Spots
    • Pinch Points
    • Physical Hazards
    • Noise Exposure
    • Use of Explosives
    • Storage of Explosive Material
    • Fires
    • Vibrations
    • Heat Stress
    • Ergonomics
  • Chemical Hazards
    • Class 1—Explosives
    • Class 2—Gases
    • Class 3—Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    • Class 4—Flammable Solids
    • Class 5—Oxidizers and Organic Peroxide
    • Class 6—Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
    • Class 7—Radioactive Material
    • Class 8—Corrosive Materials
    • Class 9—Miscellaneous Hazardous Material
  • Helpful Resources
  • HAZCOM Program
  • Health and Safety Aspects of Mining
    • Warning Signs and Barriers
    • Best Practices
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Additional Personal Protective Equipment
    • Equipment Inspections
  • Site Rules and Hazard Reporting
    • Mine Site Rules
    • Health of Mineworkers
    • First Aid
    • Mine Closures
    • Idle Mining Operations
    • Surface Mining Inspection
    • Accident Reporting Procedures
    • Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
    • The Dirty Dozen
    • Emergency Procedures
  • Rights of Miners
    • Participation in Inspections
    • Requesting Inspection or Reporting Violations
    • Withdrawal Orders
    • Payment during a Withdrawal Order
    • Contesting Enforcement Actions
    • Training
    • Health Protection
    • Commenting Upon and Challenging New Rules
    • Right to Information
    • Protection against Discrimination
    • Responsibility of the Miner
  • Line of Authority
    • Supervisor
    • Miners’ Representative
    • Designated Safety Personnel
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam