Part 46 Training Pamphlet New Training Requirements for Surface Non-Metal Mines
New tasks bring new responsibilities AND new hazards. Miners assigned to new tasks must receive training in the safe and healthy work procedures specific to their task.
miners have special skills -- drillers and blasters, for example. These
workers move from mine to mine as a regular part of their employment. Not
all sites are identical -they may use different equipment or be in a
different stage of the mining process.
Miners who roam must receive orientation about the hazards at the mines
where they will be working,
in addition to the comprehensive training that independent contractors or
production-operators must provide.
reminders are an easy and
effective way to keep workers focused on their jobs and how to perform them
without risking injury or illness. All miners must receive no less than a
total of 8 hours of refresher training every year. If you hold safety talks,
keep track of the time- those minutes add up and can fulfill the
8-hour requirement. Part 46 gives you the flexibility to design a training
program that will be effective for the miners at your operation.
A new employee may have never worked at a
mine before. Mining may even be his or her first job! New miners must
receive a total of 24 hours of new miner training within 90 days of
beginning work. Four hours of training on specific topics, such as an
introduction to the worksite, must be given before they begin work.
A new but
experienced employee may have
worked at another mine, but he or she is new to your operation. Not all
work sites are the same. In fact, most differ in some way. Newly-hired experienced miners
must receive training in the same subjects required for new
miners - such as an introduction to your worksite - before
they begin work. They also must receive instruction in additional subjects
no later than 60 days after beginning work.
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