MSHA Part 48 Underground Mining Refresher Overview

This course is designed to achieve a greater awareness of the health and safety hazards inherent in and the surface areas of underground mines.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to the MSHA Part 48 Annual Refresher Training Course
  • Overview of the Information Ahead
  • Transportation and Communication
  • Health and Safety
  • Health Standards
  • Hazard Reporting and Prevention
  • Emergency Procedures and First Aid
  • Miners’ Rights

Course Description

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 a greater understanding of underground mine health and safety hazards, the regulations that accompany work at a mine, and the rights of miners.

The MSHA Part 48 Underground Mining Refresher Overview training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

MSHA Part 48 Underground Mining Refresher Overview Course Outline

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

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

How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to MSHA 30 CFR § 48.8:

Annual refresher training.

  1. Each miner shall receive a minimum of 8 hours of annual refresher training as prescribed in this section.
  2. The annual refresher training program for all miners shall include the following courses of instruction:
    1. Mandatory health and safety standards. The course shall include mandatory health and safety standard requirements which are related to the miner’s tasks.
    2. Transportation controls and communication systems. The course shall include instruction on the procedures for riding on and in mine conveyances; the controls in effect for the transportation of miners and materials; and the use of the mine communication systems, warning signals, and directional signs.
    3. The course shall include a review of the methods of barricading and locations of barricading materials, where applicable.
    4. Roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans. The course shall include a review of roof or ground control plans in effect at the mine and the procedures for maintaining and controlling ventilation. In addition, for underground coal mines, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the course shall include a review of the emergency evacuation and firefighting program of instruction in effect at the mine.
    5. First aid. The course shall include a review of first aid methods acceptable to MSHA.
    6. Electrical hazards. The course shall include recognition and avoidance of electrical hazards.
    7. Prevention of accidents. The course shall include a review of accidents and causes of accidents and instruction in accident prevention in the work environment.
    8. Self-rescue and respiratory devices. The course shall include instruction and demonstration in the use, care, and maintenance of self-rescue and respiratory devices used at the mine. In addition, except for miners who receive this training under 30 CFR 75.1504, the training for self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) devices shall include:
      1. Hands-on training in the complete donning of all types of self- contained self-rescue devices used at the mine, which includes assuming a donning position, opening the device, activating the device, inserting the mouthpiece, and putting on the nose clip; and
      2. Hands-on training in transferring between all applicable self- rescue devices.
    9. The course shall include a review and instruction on the hazards related to explosives. The only exception to this course component is when there are no explosives used or stored on the mine property.
    10. Mine gases. The course shall include instruction in the detection and avoidance of hazards associated with mine gases.
    11. The course shall include instruction on the purpose of taking dust, noise, and other health measurements and any health control plan in effect at the mine shall be explained. The health provisions of the Act and warning labels shall also be explained.
    12. Such other courses as may be required by the District Manager based on circumstances and conditions at the mine.
  3. Refresher training may include other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine. Recommended subjects include, but are not limited to, information about the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the miner’s work area, the protective measures a miner can take against these hazards, and the contents of the mine’s HAZCOM program.
  4. Where annual refresher training is conducted periodically, such sessions shall not be less than 30 minutes of actual instruction time and the miners shall be notified that the session is part of annual refresher training.

What are the 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.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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