Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner


This course covers basic mining regulations for underground metal, non-metal, and coal mines as well as surface areas of underground metal, non-metal, and coal mines. It also covers how to recognize and avoid hazards inherent to mines, emergency response procedures, and miners’ rights and responsibilities. Note that this course has been designed to train new miners prior to their first day on the job.

Governing regulations

This course presents an overview of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) New Miner Training for MSHA Part 48 training requirements. The mine operator must provide task and site-specific training in addition to the topics covered herein.

Every person at a mine site has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are observed at all times. The employer is responsible for providing information, instruction, and supervision to all workers. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all workers are properly trained and are compliant with MSHA and OSHA regulations. And workers are responsible for observing all MSHA and OSHA standards and practicing safe work habits.

To be MSHA compliant your company must have a training plan that is approved by MSHA and administered by a competent person. Your company can use this or any of our courses as part of that plan.

If you are unsure how to write a training plan we can help with our Part 48 Underground Mining Training Plan course, the only one like it in the mining industry.

Course Overview

This course contributes toward the 40 hours of new miner training required by MSHA and covers basic concepts and a general overview of the regulations, including proper methods and rules that new miners must follow before, during, and after working at a mine. This course is geared toward anyone working in a mine and aims to provide safety to new miners.

Who Must Take this Course?

New miners and newly hired experienced miners must receive training BEFORE they begin work at the mine.

Course Format

Our MSHA Part 48 New Miner & Newly Hired Experienced Miner training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.4 CEUs (or 4 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to MSHA Part 48 — New Miner Training Course
    • MSHA Regulations
    • MSHA Part 46 vs. Part 48
    • Part 48 Applicability
    • Training Plans
    • Subpart A—New Miner Training Hours
    • Subpart B—New Miner Training Hours
    • Hazard Training
    • Additional Training
    • Training Records
  • Introduction to the Mine Environment
    • Underground Mining Methods
    • Unsupported Methods
    • Supported Methods
    • Caving Methods
    • Mining Operations
    • Common Mining Tasks
    • Mining Equipment
    • Equipment Maintenance
    • Mine Specific Work Environment
  • Mine Site Rules
    • Entering and Leaving the Mine
    • Mine Transportation Systems
    • Mine Communication
    • Transportation Signals and Signs
    • Warning Signs and Barriers
    • Security
  • Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
    • Electrical Hazards
    • Electrical Safety
    • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
    • Fire and Explosions Hazards
    • Fire Controls
    • Use of Explosives
    • Storage and Transportation of Explosive Material
    • Rock Dusting
    • Respiratory Hazards
    • Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
    • Flammable Atmosphere
    • Toxic Atmosphere
    • Dust
    • Dust Control
    • Gases
    • Gas Sampling
    • Diesel Exhaust
    • Structural Hazards
    • Roof and Rib Support
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Blind Spots
    • Pinch Points
    • Hand Tools
    • Ergonomics
    • Falls, Slips, and Trips
  • Health Protection
    • Hearing Protection
    • Noise Intensity and Maximum Daily Exposure
    • Noise Exposure Levels
    • Hearing Conservation Program
    • Types of Hearing Protection
    • Respiratory Protection
    • Health Effects of Dust
    • Black Lung
    • Part 90
    • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Ventilation
    • Respiratory Protection Equipment
    • Respirator Components
    • Types of Respirators
    • Vibrations
    • Heat Stress
    • Health of Mineworkers
  • Emergency Procedures and First Aid
    • Emergency Response Plan
    • Emergency Communications
    • HAZCOM
    • Mine Map
    • Mine Map Contents
    • Emergency Warning Systems
    • Emergency Evacuations
    • Escapeways
    • Escapeway Map
    • Evacuation Plans
    • Evacuation Procedures
    • Emergency Response
    • Barricades
    • Rescue Operations
    • Mine Rescue Teams
    • Self-Rescue Devices
    • First Aid
    • First Aid Versus Medical Treatment
  • Hazard and Accident Reporting
    • Accident Reporting Procedures
    • Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
    • The Dirty Dozen
    • Accident Reports
    • Mining Inspection
  • Rights of Miners
    • Miners’ Representative
    • Participation in Inspections
    • Requesting Inspection or Reporting Violations
    • Withdrawal Orders
    • 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
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam