Reinforce your safety skills this Fall! In this edition, you'll find information about the National Mine Health and Safety Academy and its  40th anniversaryTRAM Conference, MSHA announcements,  11th Annual Southeast Mine Health and Safety Conference, Safety Law newsletter,  Cat Simulators,  Contact Safety Quiz and upcoming October events.

This month, we're putting the spotlight on the National Mine Health and Safety Academy

The National Mine Health and Safety Academy is one of eight federal academies operated by the U.S. government. It's responsible for training the mine safety and health inspectors and technical support personnel of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Mining professionals from across the United States and many foreign countries come to the Academy for health and safety training. 

The Academy just celebrated it's 40th anniversary in Beaver, West Virginia. To commemorate the Academy's 40 years of service to the nation's miners through education and training, Florida Mine Safety attended the anniversary celebration at the Academy on Wednesday, August 17. Check out an indoor explosion demo video below that was executed at the event and a photo of Joseph Main with the Florida Mine Safety Program ladies

Indoor Explosion Demo

Kim, Joseph, Karen and Juanita  at the   40th Anniversary 
of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy

Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining Conference (TRAM)

Join us at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy on October 11-13, 2016 for MSHA's Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference! This tuition-free seminar provides opportunities for health and safety trainers to improve their training programs with new ideas and new materials.

This seminar will be held at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Road, Beaver, West VirginiaAll participants, including those pre-registered, will be required to sign in at the seminar. 

Florida to Present at TRAM with Two Entered Competition Videos 

The Florida Mine Safety Program will be showcasing its latest endeavors during the TRAM Competition at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy. 

We're excited about our video premier of " Confined Spaces - Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans," and " Workplace Examination - Fight for Life," along with positively energizing miners and contractors in promoting a safe workplace.

We also have a team set to represent the Florida MSHA State Grants Program.

As a token of our appreciation for joining us, anyone attending Florida's Classroom Sessions at TRAM will receive a copy of our premier videos!

 Mine Safety and Health Administration Announcements

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Conducted Special Impact Inspections in Mines

The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced on September 2 that federal inspectors issued 161 citations during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines in July.  Read more  details on where these inspections have taken place and when they started. 
MSHA Instructor Institute Class

There will be a free MSHA Instructor Institute Class (Train-The-Trainer) taking place from 
September 27- 29. 

This is a prerequisite course to become a MSHA Approved Instructor. The Approved Instructor Certification is a requirement for those operations that fall under the Title 30 CFR Part 48 for surface mines, surface areas of underground mines and underground mines.  This course provides students with the education to become MSHA Part 48 Trainers. Participants who successfully complete the instructor training course and are approved by their respective MSHA District Office will be recognized as a MSHA Approved Instructor and can conduct MSHA Part 48 training. 

Date: September 27-29, 2016
Location: Training will be held at the Academy in the Classroom Building, Room 220, 75  College Drive, Havana, FL 32333
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MSHA Announces 2016 National Mine Rescue Competition Winners

This year's winner, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's "Blue Team," held off second-place finisher, Vulcan Materials' "Blue Team" from Bartlett, Illinois and Newmont Mining's "Carlin Team" from Carlin, Nevada, which rounded out the top three at the four-day event held in Reno on July 25-28, 2016. 

Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

Sam's Corner will return next month!

MSHA Quarterly Training Call

Please join us Monday, September 26, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a Mine Safety and Health Administration stakeholder meeting. Learn more about the meeting and RSVP here.

Learn more  about the topics discussed in the SE District Stakeholder Teleconference Calls . Refer to page 28, Future MNM Initiatives.

11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference

Mark your calendar! This year's 11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is taking place November 2-4, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida Mine Safety Program is excited to attend this year's conference, where the latest information on mine safety and health practices will be shared by keynote speakers. In addition, attendees will also enjoy breakout sessions and meet in industry sessions with MSHA managers from the Southeast office and national office.  

Recognized as one of the best mining conferences in the country, the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is a valuable resource for industry safety and health information. If you are an operator, safety and health manager, contractor, miner, educator or other member of the mining community, register today. 

Charity Dinner Auction, Door Prize  and  Conference  Bag Items  Needed:

A great opportunity to market your company and show your support! 

Ideas for Conference bag items: Branded pens/pencils, stress "squeezers," mini flashlights, key chains, cups and many other options. 

We will need these items no less than 2 weeks before the conference starts. If you have items you would like to donate for the conference bag please email us at

Ideas for Charity Dinner Auction and Conference door prize items: Gift cards, gift baskets, coolers, hats/shirts/jackets/gloves/sweatshirts, college/pro team gear and many other options. 

If you have items you would like to donate for the Charity Dinner auction or conference door prizes you can drop them off at the conference registration desk. If you have questions about donations, please feel free to email us at

8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar

The Florida Public Safety Institute is hosting its 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar October 9-14, 2016. Over 70 courses will be offered throughout the week. For more information, watch the video above.
Safety Law Newsletter
Zika is Now an OSHA Issue

In August 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that there are now cases of the Zika virus, which were locally acquired from mosquitoes in Florida.  This has triggered significant discussion about how to protect outdoor workers, such as those engaged in construction, pest control and landscaping activities.
Utilize Cat Simulators to Increase Safety Awareness 

By incorporating Cat® Simulators into your equipment operator training, you will learn tips to ensure your safety and that of other job site personnel. By using simulators as part of your total training curriculum, you provide operators a totally safe environment to learn and make mistakes without worry about mishaps and injury to personnel, machines or the job site.

August 2016 Contact Safety Quiz

Stay up-to-date on contact safety by reading this article . Take the quiz at the end and email it to Lisa Olson with the State of Nevada Mine Safety & Training Section.

  10th Annual SME Golf Extravaganza 

Don't miss another exciting SME event! The 10th Annual SME Golf Extravaganza is October 11, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are available and team registration is now  open .

31st FLSME Regional Mining Conference

Registration is open for the 31st Annual FLSME Regional Mining Conference on October 12-13, 2016 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida! The conference is an exciting and significant event for mining industry representatives and associated service firms to gain industry knowledge and exchange ideas. Professionals from around the country and world will gather to attend educational technical sessions and network with peers representing the mining industry. Click the registration button below. 

Other October Events

October 4-6, 2016
October 15-21, 2016

 Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to and we will post it on our LinkedIn group, newsletter and website.
The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and mining contractors with their health and safety training. For the past 31 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), whose mission is to prevent death, disease and injuries in the mining industry. This is done through a variety of training courses, conferences and informational seminars offered by FMSP. These courses highlight proper emergency evacuation plans, health and safety standards and more. FMSP diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Florida metal and nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained to take precautionary measures. Through a collaborative effort, FMSP and MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.

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