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Part 46 Training Requirements for
Independent Contractors

For Your Information

Part 46 training regulations only cover the mine types listed above.  If you work at any other type of mining operation, you may need Part 48 training.  for assistance with these two regulations, contact Educational Field Assistance (EFS).  (See the Assistance section below.)

Part 46 Training Regulation

The purpose of this brochure is to provide you with some general information about the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) part 46 training regulation. We want to make sure that you, as an independent contractor, are aware of your training responsibilities while working on part 46 mine properties.

To further assist you, we have helpful materials that you can get through the Internet, mail, and directly through MSHA's Educational Field Services. Also, EFS personnel are available throughout the country to answer questions and assist in complying with this rule. (See the Assistance section of this brochure.)

This brochure was developed to make you aware that as an independent contractor you may have training responsibilities while working at mines covered by part 46. You should read the part 46 rule to understand your complete training responsibilities.

As an independent contractor, you fall in one of the following two training categories which have different requirements:

blue ball  1 New Miner Training or Newly Hired Experienced Miner Training

This training is required if you are:

  • engaged in mining operations, including developing, drilling, blasting, extracting, milling, crushing, screening or sizing materials, or hauling materials within the mine;

  • a maintenance or service worker, working on mining equipment for frequent (a pattern of recurring exposure) or extended periods (more than five consecutive work days); or

  • a construction worker who is exposed to hazards of mining operations for frequent or extended periods.

blue ball  2 Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training

The production-operator is primarily responsible for providing you this training. It must be given before you start work at each mine site.

This training is required for persons who may come on a mine site but who are not miners. Examples include:
    office or staff employees;
    scientific workers;
    delivery workers;
    customers, including commercial over-the-road truck drivers;
    construction workers who are not exposed to mine hazards;
    vendors or visitors;
    maintenance or service workers who are not at a mine for frequent or extended periods;
    maintenance or service workers who are working on non-mining equipment;
    or miners (such as drillers or blasters) who move from one mine to another while remaining employed by the same independent contractor.


Eastern U.S.
Call Toll Free: 1-800-678-6746

Western U.S.
Call Toll Free: 1-800-579-2647

The Part 46 Training Assistance Page is available on the MSHA home page. Available items include a 30 CFR Part 46 Starter Kit with Sample Training Plan (IG 36), Instructor's Guide with Lesson Plans (IG 37), the part 46 rule, and Compliance Guideline for MSHA's Part 46 Training Regulations.

Additional copies of this brochure, copies of IG 36 and IG 37, and a catalog of other training materials are available from the National Mine Health and Safety Academy.

National Mine Health & Safety Academy
1301 Airport Road
Beaver, WV 25813-9426
Call (304) 256-3257
FAX (304) 256-3368

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