Safety Diploma Course

MSHA Part 48 Underground Mining Refresher Overview


This course presents an overview of the MSHA Annual Refresher Training of Miners for MSHA Part 48 training requirements. It will cover some basic mining regulations for underground metal, non-metal, and coal mines as well as surface areas of underground metal, non-metal, and coal mines. In addition, the course covers how to recognize and avoid hazards inherent to mines, emergency response procedures, and miners’ rights and responsibilities.

Governing regulations

One way that MSHA tries to keep underground miners safe is by requiring annual refresher training in accordance with 30 CFR § 48.8 and § 48.28. This training must cover health and safety factors, prevalent hazards, and emergency procedures.

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 is designed to help you achieve a greater awareness of the health and safety hazards inherent in underground mining and the surface areas of underground mines. The course aims to provide experienced miners with greater understanding of underground mine health and safety hazards, the regulations that accompany work at a mine, and the rights of miners.

Who Must Take this Course?

This course is geared toward anyone working in a mine and with at least one year of mining experience.

Course Format

Our MSHA Part 48 Underground Mining Refresher Overview 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 the MSHA Part 48 Annual Refresher Training Course
    • Part 48 Applicability
    • Training Plans
    • Subpart A—Experienced Miner Refresher Training Hours
    • Subpart B—Experienced Miner Refresher Training Hours
    • Training Records
  • Overview of the Information Ahead
  • Transportation and Communication
    • Procedures for Entering and Leaving the Mine
    • Mantrips
    • Materials Trips
    • Traffic Signs and Signals
  • Health and Safety
    • Electrical Hazards
    • Electrical Safety
    • Fire and Explosion Hazards
    • Fire Control and Prevention
    • Atmospheric Hazards
    • Health Effects of Dust
    • Dust Control
    • Gases
    • Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide
    • Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM)
    • Ventilation
    • Heat Stress
    • Structural Hazards
    • Roof and Ground Hazards Control
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Pinch Points
    • Hand Tools
    • Ergonomics
  • Health Standards
    • Hearing Protection
    • Hearing Protection and Conservation
    • Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)
    • Respiratory Protection
    • Respiratory Protection Equipment
  • Hazard Reporting and Prevention
    • Prevention of Accidents
    • Hazard and Accident Reporting Procedures
    • Immediately Reportable Accidents and Injuries
    • The Dirty Dozen
    • Hazardous Communications
  • Emergency Procedures and First Aid
    • Evacuation
    • Escapeways
    • Responsible Emergency Response Person
    • Evacuation Procedures
    • Emergency Response
    • Rescue Teams
    • Self Rescue
    • First Aid Protocol
    • First Aid vs. Medical Treatment
  • Miners’ Rights
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam