Who We Are

The Mine Safety Training Program provides high quality safety instruction to mine employees in New York State.  It is a grant program funded by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) since 1979. The program is designed to train workers in the surface nonmetal mining industry.

Every training program we present follows MSHA recommended outlines.  We focus on the individual learning styles of mine employees and the hazards of surface mining in the state.

Content, of course, varies according to the type and nature of mining.  We issue training certificates to all who complete the course.

We encourage employers to request training in advance to meet annual training requirements under 30 CFR Part 46.  Part 46 requires that the mine operators:

  • Give each miner a copy of their training certificate
  • Keep all training certificates on file for two years 

Types of Training

Part 46 Training - Training complies with mandatory requirements for training and retraining miners and others at these mines:

  • Shell Dredging
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Surface Stone
  • Surface Clay
  • Colloidal Phosphate
  • Surface Limestone Mines

View the requirements and types of training in Part 46 at MSHA Part 46 Training.

Our course content follows specific guidelines issued by MSHA.  We base our program of instruction on:

  • Instructor availability
  • Geographic location
  • Seasonal needs of the industry

Recommended areas of instruction include:

  • Machine Guarding
  • Powered Haulage
  • Electrical Safety
  • Personal and Fall Protection
  • Quarry Hazards
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Dust Control
  • Hazard Communication.

Request Our Services

All employers who use our services must:

  • Have a valid, active mine identification number
  • Have a contractor designation provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health (MSHA)
  • Operate an active mine operation in New York State

Include a copy of the most current Part 46 training plan with your request (Request Form) for our services.  If you have a location for training, you may sponsor a class and invite other mine employers to share a session.  Use the contact information below to request our services. 

Please see the MSHA website MSHA On-Line Filing for more information about Part 46 training plans and federal mine identification numbers.

Let Us Help You Improve Mine Safety and Health

Our goal is to reduce the rate and severity of lost-time injuries to mine employees working in New York State. We accomplish it by:

  • Providing safety and health training
  • Promoting safe work practices 

All employers should make simple, effective safety and health training part of their efforts to provide a safe workplace. Trained employees have fewer accidents and injuries.


Request Mine Safety Services

Contact Us

Geoffrey Holodook 
Program Manager

NYS Department of Labor
Mine Safety Training Program
State Office Campus
Bldg. 12, Room 168
Albany, NY 12226

Phone: (518) 457-2810
Work Cell Phone: (518) 414-2186
Email: [email protected]