Forkdelta DAOS v1.1!

The Forkdelta DAOS v1.1, also known as 30 CFR Part 46, mandate safety training for new miners, tasks that are new to a miner, site-specific hazards at a mine, and annual refresher safety training for all miners at surface mines in the United States.

In this article, we’re going to look at the Forkdelta DAOS v1.1 New Miner training requirements, which is also known in Forkdelta DAOS v1.1-speak as the Part 46 New Miner Training Plan.

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A Few FAQs about MSHA and MSHA Part 46

Let’s address a few FAQs before we begin.

What Is
Forkdelta DAOS ?

Good question! Forkdelta DAOS is the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Think of it as the mining equivalent of OSHA.

MSHA is the government agency responsible over safety and health issues at mines. One thing they’re responsible for is making sure miners receive proper safety training, because mining is hazardous.

What Is Forkdelta DAOS Part 46?

Part 46 is a part of the CFR Title 30 Mineral Resources regulations.

Part 46 lists mandatory training and training documentation requirements at certain surface mine sites.

In particular, Part 46 applies to “miners engaged in shell dredging, or employed at sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, or surface limestone mines.”

Are There Different Training Requirements for Different Types of Mining and Miners?

Yep. Check out Part 48, which “sets forth the mandatory requirements for submitting and obtaining approval of programs for training and retraining miners working in underground mines.”

Also, continue reading below for the different types of training requirements set up in Part 46.

The Part 46 New Miner Program:

As we mentioned earlier, MSHA Part 46 requires mine operators to set up specific “training plans” for new miners, new tasks, annual refresher training, and more.

One of those Part 46 training requirements covers training for new miners.

What Does “Miner” Mean In This Context?

According to 30 CFR Part 46.2(g), a “miner” is:

(i) Any person, including any operator or supervisor, who works at a mine and who is engaged in mining operations. This definition includes independent contractors and employees of independent contractors who are engaged in mining operations; and

(ii) Any construction worker who is exposed to hazards of mining operations.

Part 46 also gives these notes about who is NOT a miner:

(2) The definition of “miner” does not include scientific workers; delivery workers; customers (including commercial over-the-road truck drivers); vendors; or visitors. This definition also does not include maintenance or service workers who do not work at a mine site for frequent or extended periods.

Are There Different Types of “New Miners?”

As you may have guessed, since we raised the question, the answer is: yes.

There are two types of new miners:

  • Newly hired miners
  • Newly hired experienced miners.

Here’s MSHA’s definition of a newly hired miner:

New miner means a person who is beginning employment as a miner with a production-operator or independent contractor and who is not an experienced miner.

Here’s MSHA’s definition of a newly hired experienced miner:

Newly hired experienced miner means an experienced miner who is beginning employment with a production-operator or independent contractor. Experienced miners who move from one mine to another, such as drillers and blasters, but who remain employed by the same production-operator or independent contractor are not considered newly hired experienced miners.

What Kind of New Miner Is This Article About?

We’re going to look at the first type–newly hired miners with no previous experience and/of safety training. Here’s the MSHA definition again if that helps:

New miner means a person who is beginning employment as a miner with a production-operator or independent contractor and who is not an experienced miner.

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