Do Contract Construction Workers at Surface Mines Need All 24 Hours of MSHA Part 46 Training?

Consider this hypothetical situation:

You’re a construction worker, you’re preparing to work as a contractor at a surface mine covered by the MSHA Part 46 training regulations, and you’ll be building a structure (not at all what comes to your mind when you think of surface mining). 

Got that? If you’re still reading, we think that’s because this isn’t such a hypothetical situation to you at all, and maybe it directly relates to something you’ll be doing soon.

So the question is this: Do you have to take all 24 hours of the mandatory MSHA Part 46 New Miner training?

We answer that question in this article. So read on.

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Equipment You’ll Find at a Typical Surface Mine

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The typical surface mine (quarry) has lots of specialized equipment, and each piece has a name that new miners may not be familiar with.

To help you get up to speed fast, we’ve provided a list of common surface mining equipment, along with images and explanations of the equipment’s function and operation.

Not only did we write all the terms down for you below, but we’re also presenting the same information in an interactive, multimedia glossary that you can download for free.

And we through in some tips if you need some MSHA Part 46 Surface Mining training. What’s not to like about all of that?

All of the terms, definitions, and images in this article come from our online MSHA Part 46 “Typical Equipment in a Surface Mine” training course. We’ve included a short sample of that online mining safety course below.

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Physical Characteristics at a Surface Mine Explained

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If you’re new at a surface mine, you’ll notice there’s a lot of specialized language: berm, highwall, pit, and more. If all that lingo has got you longing for understanding, this article is for you. We’re going to explain the terms typically used to describe the physical characteristics in a surface mine.

If you find this helpful, know that you can also download an interactive, multimedia glossary with these terms, definitions, and images, and also know that we’re working on a similar list of definitions (plus another downloadable, interactive glossary) about the typical equipment found at a surface mine as well.

So let’s get right to explaining what all those benches and berms are. You’ll be interested to know that all the terms, definitions, and images came from our online MSHA Part 46 Physical Characteristics of a Surface Mine Training course–we’ve given a short video sample immediately below, too.

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Who Is the Competent Person for Online MSHA Part 46 Training? (How to Get It Right!)

MSHA requires a “competent person” for all MSHA Part 46 training at surface mines. You probably know that, and our What Is a MSHA Part 46 Competent Person? article explains that general requirement in more detail if you’re interested.

But what about when a miner completes ONLINE TRAINING for their MSHA Part 46 training requirement? Who’s the competent person then?

And does that answer, about who’s the competent person, differ in various training scenarios? For example, is the answer different if you’re a surface miner who works for a big surface mining company and who completes online training at the worksite than if you’re an independent contractor preparing to come in to work at a surface mine where you’re not a full-time employee?

We’ll answer those questions for you in the article below.

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Additional Mining Safety Training Topics for MSHA Part 46’s Annual Refresher Training Program–30 CFR 46.8(c)

MSHA Part 46 mandates safety training requirements at surface mines. For more specifics about that, please read our What Is MSHA Part 46? article (a quick side-note: we’ll include a lot of other helpful links to MSHA Part 46-related materials at the end of this article).

Within Part 46, MSHA requires different types of mining safety training to be delivered to different types of miners and employees and at different times. MSHA and Part 46 call these requirements “training programs,” and here are the ones MSHA lists:

  • New Miner Training (46.5)
  • Newly Hired Experience Miner Training (46.6)
  • New Task Training (46.7)
  • Annual Refresher Training (46.8)
  • Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training (46.11)

It’s the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program for surface miners that we’re going to look at more closely in this article.

In 46.8, the regulation states that the annual refresher safety training must include “instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner’s health or safety.” In addition to that, however, the regulation says that “refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine.”

Although MSHA doesn’t require specific training topics for those “other health and safety subjects…relevant to mining operations at the mine,” they do provide a list of suggestions or possibilities.

This article will provide more details about those suggestions from MSHA for additional training to include in the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program in addition to changes at the mine.

As we give suggestions below, we’ll include some samples of online training for each topic. These samples are drawn from the online MSHA training courses offered by Convergence Training. A short sample highlight video is below.

If you’re interested, we’ve got a single web page where you can purchase, view, and complete the courses that are sampled above and that we’re showing below for MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher Training and MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training.

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Come See Us at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, November 1-3, 2017, Birmingham, AL

If you’re going to be at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in lovely Birmingham, Alabama this week, we invite you to come to our booth, say hello, and learn about our solutions for mining safety training and MSHA Part 46 compliance.

We’re in Booth 23 and would love to meet you.

While we’re there, we’ll be showing our award-winning solutions for mining safety training. Which awards, you ask? How about these for starters:

Not bad, huh?

For more information, check out these links:

The short video below explains our MSHA Part 46 compliance solution, including online courses and an LMS for managing training and creating all Part 46-required documentation, in more detail.

See you in Birmingham! And don’t forget to download the free guide below, too.

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MSHA TRAM 2017: A Look Back

                   

We’re just back from the 2017 MSHA TRAM conference at the National Mine and Health Safety Academy in Beaver, WV and thought we’d give an overview of some of the presentations we attended and some of the things we learned.

We also figured we’d show you some pictures of our trip–not everyone gets out to West Virginia or the Mine and Health Safety Academy every day (or ever).

While we were there we gave two presentations of our own: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies. We’d like to thank those who attended those sessions and helped to contribute to the discussion in each. Those links in this paragraph provide some more related information about each of those presentations, including a related recorded on-demand webinar, helpful links, and free downloadable guides.

Below, we’ll tell you more about some of the other presentations we attended.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies for Mining. It includes some additional helpful information that may help you learn about this brave new frontier.

We have a similar supporting blog post for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions as well. You’ll see there’s some cross-over between the two presentations.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Evaluating Online Mining Safety Training Solutions

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining. It includes a recorded, on-demand webinar that covers much of the same ground I will cover/covered at MSHA TRAM, links to some additional helpful resources, a free guide about Online MSHA Compliance, a BONUS SECOND webinar on MSHA Part 46, and more.

There’s a second supporting blog post for the Current and Future Training Technologies presentation that you may also find interesting.

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Recorded Webinar: MSHA Part 46, New Miner Training, and Annual Refresher Training

We recently held a live webinar on some aspects of MSHA Part 46.

In particular, the webinar gave some information on:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players (Responsible Person, Competent Person, Miner, & Miner/Contractor)
  • Main Types of Training (New Miner & Annual Refresher)
  • Compliant Methods of Training (and whether online training is allowed)
  • Types of Compliant Documents (Training Plan, 5000-23, and 5000-23 equivalents)

We’ve got a recorded version of the webinar below that you can listen to for free.

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Come Hear Our Presentations at MSHA’s TRAM Conference


We’ll be giving two presentations at the 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV).

In one presentation, we’ll give you some tips for evaluating online safety training solutions for mining safety training.

In the other presentation, we’ll give an overview of current and future training technologies for mining safety training, including LMSs, eLearning courses, mobile apps, wearables, virtual reality, and more.

Come listen to us, ask a few questions, and get a little better idea of how you can use technology for safety training, including MSHA-required safety compliance training, both now and in the future.

We’ll release some more information as we get closer to the conference dates, but until then, let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you at TRAM.

Let us know if you’d like to get more information about our online MSHA training course options, including:

One last thing–feel free to download our guide to MSHA Online Compliance below before you close this article.

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Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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Catch Our Webinar on MSHA Part 46 and Online Training Options: Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am (Pacific)


We’ll be hosting a webinar on the MSHA Part 46 compliance training requirements and some online training options Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players
  • Main Types of Training
  • Compliant Methods of Training
  • Types of Compliant Documents

Take a moment to pre-register for the webinar today, and we’ll be sure to send you some reminders as the webinar approaches as well.

If you’ve got a question you’d like us to address, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to try to answer it or point you in the right direction during the webinar. Of course, we’ll take questions then as well.

Also, know that we’ll be delivering a presentation at this year’s MSHA TRAM Conference that looks at some current and future technologies for mining safety training. We’ll keep you posted about that, and if you’re at TRAM, keep an eye out for us.

Finally, feel free to download our free Guide to Online MSHA Compliance below. See you at the webinar!

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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