The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Part 46 requires training for miners engaged in shell dreging or employed at sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate or surface limestone mines. See MSHA’s website for complete compliance guidelines and resources.
Q. If a company uses a computer-based training (CBT) program for their Part 46 training, who is considered the competent person?
A. While MSHA encourages the use of innovative training methods, Part 46 requires that a “competent person” oversee the training. This would not necessarily require that the competent person be in the room at all times, but would require monitoring the student’s progress to ensure the training was effective and completed.
Q. If a company uses a computer-based training (CBT) program for their Part 46 training, what are the monitoring requirements of the competent person?
A. MSHA considers computer-based or other interactive training technologies to be training “methods,” to be used by a competent person effectively and appropriately. This would not necessarily require that the competent person be in the room at all times, however, the competent person must be available to evaluate the trainees progress, and answer questions as they arise.
A learning management system, such as PureSafety from UL, allows monitoring student progress to ensure the training is effective and completed. Training effectiveness begins with post module testing. Additional field verification of skills can also be scheduled, tracked and records maintained in a learning management system.
The competent person is able to evaluate trainee progress and answer questions as they arise. Learning management messaging functions record questions and answers. Some companies will also establish a call number as an additional measure to ensure immediate access to trainers.
There are portions of the training that typically need to be done in person: task training, mine tour, and site specific hazard recognition and control.