MSHA Annual Refresher Training Course

Each topic in our Annual Refresher Training course is designed in compliance with MSHA requirements for the retraining of miners based on the Title 30 CFR – Part 46 regulations for surface miners and surface mining contractors. The set of topics can be used to help meet requirements for annual refresher training for all surface miners.

Course Description Course Description

Our Annual Refresher Training provides over 8 hours of MSHA Part 46 compliancy training. This package includes:

  • Over 8 hours of training
  • 15 training modules based on MSHA’s Part 46 requirements
  • A quick and easy way to deliver required training
  • Access to electronic printable tests and answer guides

This curriculum is designed in compliance with federal requirements to offer miners of all experience levels a useful, comprehensive, and effective retraining tool. In accordance with federal regulations, this interactive material must be administered in conjunction with supervised, on-site training as part of an approved training plan.

The information provided in this course is based on extensive industry research, insights from experienced miners, and MSHA best practices.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with a valuable learning experience that inspires good judgment and safe work habits for many years of safe mining.

This training program is organized as a hierarchy of grouped information based on the Part 46 requirements. Using this slide as an example, the structure is arranged as follows:

Actual training content resides within modules as a series of chapters containing related material ultimately presented in an interactive slide format.

The training content in each module begins with a set of learning objectives and concludes with an interactive and scored knowledge assessment. Other non-scored assessments may be distributed throughout longer modules.

The Surface Miner Training curriculum parallels the required and suggested topics outlined in the Part 46 federal regulations addressing miner training. These key topics are grouped into the following nine activities that make up the Surface Miner Training curriculum:

  • Introduction to the Mining Environment
  • Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Health and Safety Aspects of Tasks and Operations
  • Hazard Reporting Rules and Procedures
  • Statutory Rights of Miners
  • Line of Authority
  • Respiratory Devices
  • First Aid

Outline Outline

The Introduction to the Mining Environment activity offers an introduction to mining and covers the following information:

  • Definition of mining
  • Surface mining development, operations, and reclamation
  • Physical characteristics of a surface mine
  • Typical surface mining equipment

The Hazard Recognition and Avoidance activity provides an overview of hazards common to surface mining operations as well as general steps one can take to avoid them. Here, hazards are defined as situations which result in property damage, illness, serious injury, or death.

Categories of hazards discussed here include the following:

  • Environmental hazards
  • Equipment hazards
  • Physical hazards
  • Chemical hazards

The Emergency Procedures activity explains procedures to follow in a mine site during an emergency situation. It will focus on the following topics:

  • Types of emergencies
  • Emergency procedures
  • Fire and firefighting procedures
  • Warning signals, evacuation, and reporting

The Health and Safety Aspects of Tasks and Operations activity highlights health and safety standards and best practices for tasks and operations common to surface mines.

Tasks and operational elements covered here include:

  • Preventing accidents
  • Working around equipment
  • Maintaining and repairing equipment
  • Working in a confined space
  • Working on or near water
  • Working at night
  • Working with chemicals
  • Working with electricity
  • Working with explosives

The Hazard Reporting Rules and Procedures activity discusses the general process for reporting hazardous conditions as well as immediately reportable accidents and injuries.

The Statutory Rights of Miners activity outlines the rights of miners and their representatives as granted by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

The Line of Authority activity reviews and describes the general line of authority and responsibilities of supervisors and miners’ representatives. The role and responsibility of designated safety personnel is also discussed.

The Respiratory Devices activity presents information on the proper use and maintenance of the types of respirators commonly used at surface mining operations. It will address the following topics:

  • Respirators
  • Escape respirators
  • Self-contained self-rescuers

The First Aid activity covers a range of first aid topics intended to offer a functional understanding of and responses to common health conditions, injuries, and emergencies. This information is grouped into the following categories:

  • First steps for all situations
  • First aid for emergencies
  • First aid for common injuries


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