The Difference Between MSHA Part 46 and Part 48

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If you're looking for more information on MSHA guidelines, workplace safety, and little details that will make all the difference in your training courses, you've come to the right place. Today we're taking a closer look at MSHA Parts 46 and 48, helping you understand what they are, what they mean, and how to work them into any complete workplace safety training regimen.

What to Know

Here are the answers to some of your biggest questions about MSHA and workplace safety training!

What is MSHA?

MSHA is the Mining Safety and Health Administration. If it sounds similar to OSHA, that's because it is: both organizations share the goal of keeping you and your workers safe on the job.

What are Parts 46 and 48?

MSHA has specific safety training guidelines for different kinds of mines, different conditions, and various potential hazards.

Part 46:

Part 46 covers surface mines, including sand, clay, gravel, limestone, cement, marble, and granite.

Part 48:

Part 48 is essentially a group of "uncategorized mines," which means all mine types that don't fall into the above list. This includes underground mines.

What's the difference?

The most crucial difference between Parts 46 and 48 is the location of the mine -- generally speaking, above-ground (Part 46) vs. underground (Part 48) mines. It's important to note, however, that the two parts also differentiate between the materials being mined -- non-metals (Part 46) vs. metals (Part 48).

Why does it matter?

Remember, MSHA exists so you know how to keep you, your company, and your employees safe from all kinds of potential mining hazards. Understanding the differences between the Parts will help you establish accurate, reliable training regimens that fully meet regulations, including how long the training lasts, what subjects are covered, and which methods you may use (for example, online classes).

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