Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Part 48 Subpart B Surface Mining Refresher Training


This course presents an overview of the requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration for annual refresher training of Part 48 surface miners. These MSHA requirements can be found in Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 48, Subpart B. The course covers some basic mining regulations for surface mines, as well as the recognition and avoidance of hazards at surface mines, emergency response procedures, and miners’ rights and responsibilities.

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

Welcome to the MSHA 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B, Annual Refresher Training course. This course is designed to help you achieve a greater awareness of the health and safety hazards inherent in surface mining. The course aims to provide experienced miners with greater understanding of surface mine health and safety hazards, the regulations that accompany work at a mine, and the rights of miners.

Who Must Take this Course?

New miners and newly hired experienced miners must receive training BEFORE they begin work at the mine. MSHA also requires annual refresher training for experienced miners in accordance with Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 48.28. This training must cover health and safety factors, prevalent hazards, and emergency procedures.

Course Format

Our MSHA Part 48 Subpart B Surface Mining Refresher 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 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to 30 CFR Part 48, Subpart B, Surface Mining Refresher Training
    • Key Definitions
    • Key Terms
    • Experienced Miner Training
    • Experience Miner Training Requirements
    • New Work Task Training Requirements
    • Annual Refresher Training Requirements
    • Recordkeeping and Training Compensation
    • Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities – Overview
    • Miners’ Rights
    • Responsibilities of Miners and Supervisors
  • Health and Safety
    • Structural Hazards
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Equipment Hazards – Belt Conveyors
    • Equipment Hazards – Welding and Cutting Equipment
    • Equipment Hazards – Surface Powered Haulage Equipment
    • Equipment Inspections
    • Fire and Explosion Hazards
    • Fire Control and Prevention
    • Electrical Hazards
    • Electrical Safety
    • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
    • Atmospheric Hazards
    • Atmospheric Hazards – Oxygen-deficient Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Hazards – Flammable Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Hazards – Toxic Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Hazards – Dust
  • Dust Control
  • Atmospheric Hazards – Gases and Vapors
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Types of Respirators
  • Choosing a Respirator Type
  • Physical Hazards
  • Physical Hazards – Heat Stress
  • Physical Hazards – Noise Exposure
  • Noise Exposure Troubleshooting
  • Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)
  • Types of Hearing Protection
  • Physical Hazards – Vibration
  • Ergonomic Hazards
  • Transportation and Communication
    • Traffic Signs and Warning Signals
    • Transportation of People
    • Transportation of Explosive Materials
  • Hazard Reporting and Mitigation
    • Dirty Dozen
    • Hazard Communication Program
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Emergency Response Plans
    • Rescue Operations
    • Self-Rescue Devices
    • Mine Map
    • First Aid
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam