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Training and Retraining of Miners Engaged in Shell Dredging or Employed at Sand and Gravel, Surface Stone, Surface Clay, Colloidal Phosphate, Surface Limestone, Marble, Shale, Kaolin, Feldspar, Granite, Traprock, Cement, Lime, Sandstone, and Slate Mines and Operations


As an instructor, you are expected to be familiar with the basic requirements of part 46.  The following guidelines will help you gain a better understanding of the part 46 regulation.  For additional information, please refer to the text of the regulation at 30 CFR Part 46.

Training Plan ('46.3)

A written part 46 training plan must contain as a minimum the following:

The company name, mine name, and MSHA mine identification number or independent contractor I.D. number.

The name and position of the person responsible for the health and safety training at the mine.

Subject areas

-general description of the teaching methods

-course materials

-approximate time spent on each subject

-evaluation procedures used to determine the effectiveness of the training

A list of competent persons who will do the training and the subject areas in which each person is competent to teach.  (There are 43 states and the Navajo Nation participating in the MSHA State Grant Program. They have provided training to small mines for many years and can be a source of training assistance.)

New Miner Training ('46.5)

Each new miner must receive 24 hours of training as described in '46.5.

Before new miners can do any work they must receive at least four hours of training in the following subjects:

An introduction to the work environment, including a visit and tour of the mine.

Instruction on the recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards and other hazards present at the mine.

A review of the emergency medical procedures and escape and emergency evacuation plans in effect at the mine, and instruction in the fire warning signals and fire fighting procedures.

Instruction in the health and safety aspects of the tasks to be assigned, including the mandatory health and safety standards pertinent to such tasks.

Instruction in the statutory rights of miners and their representatives under the Act.

A review and description of the line of authority of supervisors and miner’s representatives and the responsibilities of such supervisors and miner’s representatives.

An introduction to your rules and procedures for reporting hazards.

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