MSHA Compliance Resources & FAQs

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Compliance Documents

MSHA requires that mines and mining professionals retain printed training plans and records of training. Click the links below to download the required documents:

New Miner Training

Annual Refresher Training

Additional Documents

For MSHA Compliance Help, see the steps listed below for detailed instructions on how to complete your training or visit MSHA Training & Education.

MSHA Compliance Requirements

Step 1:  Download Required Documents

MSHA requires that mines and mining professionals retain printed training plans and records of training.  Click the links below to download the required documents:

New Miner Training

Annual Refresher Training

Step 2: Complete Training Plan

Now that you have downloaded the compliance documents, fill out the Training Cover Sheet - Tab 1 of your Training Template

Fill it out completely with accurate information, including:  MSHA ID number, trainers, topics to be covered, estimated training times, training methods, and evaluation procedures.   

Step 3: Complete All Required Training 

MSHA requires the following training in addition to the training we provide:

Additional MSHA Required Training: 

  • New Miner
    • Mine tour,
    • Review of site-specific hazards,
    • Any other necessary in-person task training.
  • Annual Refresher 
    • Training on “changes at the mine”.

Complete all the training in compliance with MSHA's requirements. 

Step 4: Complete Records of Training 

To officially record that training has been completed, fill out the Record of Training - Tab 3 of your Training Template and the MSHA Form 5000-23 Certificate of Training.

Once complete, print the Record of Training & MSHA Form 5000-23 Certificate of Training to be signed by a supervisor, manager, or individual responsible for health and safety in the organization and keep on record.

1) Where can I buy a product that provides all 24 hours of MSHA Part 46 requirements for New Miner training?

RedVector New Miner Training provides over 24 hours of compliant training. You can watch videos on your schedule and on any device. It was developed by subject matter experts and have never been rejected by MSHA.

Click here to learn about more about RedVector 24-Hour New Miner Training.

To be compliant with MSHA training requirements, you'll still need a tour of the mine and site-specific hazard training. A mine tour and instruction on the recognition and avoidance of hazards present at the mine are required by MSHA. If you're a mine contractor, this means you should coordinate with the surface mines you'll work with for mine-specific information, tours, and any other necessary training related to hazards in the area of the mine where you'll work.

2) What if I am only on a mine site for limited time and always supervised? Do I need compliant training?

MSHA requires training for any person doing work, maintenance, or anything on a mine site for an extended period of time or on a frequent basis (more than five consecutive days or five days out of the year). Also, all mines have the right to require training even if MSHA doesn't.

3) Who is MSHA?

The Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA, is a federal organization within the United States Department of Labor that provides governmental oversight of the country's mining industry.

Click here for more information on MSHA.

4) What is MSHA Part 46?

MSHA Part 46 is a section of Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR, which defines health and safety rules and compliance requirements for non–metal and non–coal surface mines.

Mines that produce coal, metals, and other commodities through underground operations are governed by MSHA's Part 48 regulations with significantly more rigid training and documentation requirements.

Click here to visit the MSHA Part 46 section of Title 30 CFR.

5) What do I need to be compliant with MSHA Part 46?

You need paperwork that shows you've planned, executed, and documented the training MSHA requires. For specific personnel, it must meet the minimum time requirements within the specified time periods.

  • Training Plan - formatted to comply with MSHA requirements
  • Compliant Training - that covers required MSHA Part 46 topics in the minimum time required
  • Record of Training
  • MSHA Form 5000-23 Certificate of Training

Click to visit MSHA Part 46.3 and MSHA Part 46.9 of Title 30 CFR.

6) Who needs the training outlined by MSHA Part 46?

MSHA Part 46 defines training topics, minimum time requirements, and deadlines for training completion for:

7) What training does MSHA Part 46 require for New Miners?

MSHA Part 46 requires New Miners to be provided with no less than 24 hours of training no later than 90 days after starting work at the mine. But don't let that scare you. Only 4 hours of that training needs to take place BEFORE beginning work at the mine.

Click here to view required topics.

New Miner Timeline

8) Why would somebody buy your MSHA training products when MSHA provides some training resources?

If you're getting everything you need from MSHA or other resources, by all means, continue to do so. But if you're like most of the industry, you may be confused by MSHA regulations and frustrated by schedule and location limitations of other in-person training services.

Here's what you're buying from us:

  • AWARD-WINNING TRAINING that covers way more than the basic MSHA Part 46 requirements
  • WORRY-FREE COMPLIANCY TOOLS that give you a head-start with compliant templates and documentation
  • FREEDOM to train your team on-site when it works for you
  • LOWER TRAINING COSTS compared to sending your personnel to training facilities, waiting for trainers to visit your site, or having to do all the compliance research and documentation yourself

Don't get us wrong. You'll still have to do some work. But we can make the whole process easier than anyone else in the industry.

Start on your MSHA training here.

9) Can your training products be used to help meet MSHA's Annual Refresher requirements?

ABSOLUTELY! Our 8-Hour Annual Refresher online training is based on MSHA's Part 46 recommended and suggested topics for Annual Refresher training. We've designed both the training material and the compliance templates to meet MSHA requirements. You can watch videos on your schedule and on any device. It was developed by subject matter experts and have never been rejected by MSHA.

Click here to learn about more about RedVector 8-Hour Annual Refresher Training.

It's also critical for everyone to understand that miners and mine contractors are required to have all the same training. This includes Annual Refresher training which MSHA outlines in two pieces:

  • Instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect miners' health or safety; and
  • Other health and safety subjects relevant to mining operations at the mine.

So once you've covered Changes at the Mine with your team, you can use any of our training courses to address other health and safety subjects relevant to your team's work at the mine.

10) What if I need training for multiple job sites or have a large number of employees?

In addition to the products listed here, our MSHA Compliance LMS solution can deliver training to multiple workstations at the same site, or online to a virtually unlimited number of users at an unlimited number of sites.

Users can work from any internet-enabled PC to connect, take training, and submit results to the online learning management system. Managers or administrators can review progress, reports, or print MSHA required documents. Contact us for more information.

To find out more about MSHA training for your team, please call us at 800-453-0897 or email us at

11) I'm a contractor. Do I need to have a training plan?

Yes! MSHA requires any person, partnership, corporation, subsidiary of a corporation, firm, association, or other organization that contracts to perform services at a shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, or surface limestone mine, to meet training requirements and provide all the associated documentation.

If you are considered a miner, you must have a written training plan, printed records of training, and continue to remain compliant with eight hours of Annual Refresher Training

Customer Support

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