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Safety and Training

Training is an essential part of MSHA’s mission to keep miners safe and healthy. Our goal is to help the mining industry develop high-quality training programs, and to strengthen and modernize training through collaboration with industry stakeholders.

Federal law requires that all miners receive basic and annual refresher training, and that all mine operators maintain an effective training plan. MSHA provides materials, guidance, and hands-on assistance to help miners and operators meet their training obligations and more. In the Training & Education section of our website, we have gathered many of our materials for your convenience, and will add to them over time.

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Part 48 or Part 46? Learn what it means here

Training requirements are governed by sections of the federal code - 30 CFR Part 48 and Part 46. Part 48 covers all underground mining and surface mining of coal and some metals, like gold. Part 46 covers the aggregate industry, including granite, sand, gravel, lime and cement operations. There are key differences: Part 48 trainers must be approved by MSHA, and their instructor certification is kept on file by the agency; Part 46 trainers don’t need MSHA approval but must be deemed competent persons by the mine operator. Training plans for Part 48 mines must be approved by MSHA; Part 46 training plans do not require MSHA approval as long as they meet the requirements of the rule.


Training Programs & Courses

Find out about MSHA’s wide variety of mine safety and health training programs and courses, offered both in-person and online.

Safety & Health Materials

Browse MSHA’s collection of mine safety and health materials, which can be used to assist trainers and mine operators in promoting a safe and healthy environment at U.S. mines.

Developing a Training Plan

Access resources to assist in the development of training plans for Part 46 and Part 48 mines.

Mine Rescue Training

Learn about mine rescue training requirements and mine rescue contests. Access instructional materials, view the Mine Rescue Hall of Fame, and find out more about the history of mine rescue in the U.S.

Quarterly Training Calls

Access the materials used in MSHA’s quarterly training conference calls as well as audio recordings of the calls (when available).