Happy October from the Florida Mine Safety Program! In this edition, you'll find information about the High Liability Conference, Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining Conference, MSHA Law Class and all October events.

This month, we're putting the spotlight on the  High Liability Conference (also known as th 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar)!

The Florida Public Safety Institute is hosting its 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Friday, October 14, 2016. Police Officers from the southeastern United States attend this event every year, so it's a great opportunity to train and network. There will be complimentary meals provided at the vendor night, BBQ night and banquet night. Also, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the 5k run and the NRA shooting competition.

For more information, watch the video or click the registration link.

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 Virginia. All participants, including those pre-registered, will be required to sign in at the seminar. 

Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, will deliver remarks at the opening of the conference. 
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.

Confined Spaces: Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans
Confined Spaces: Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans

Workplace Examination: Fight for Life
Workplace Examination: Fight for Life

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!
11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and 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. 

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

MSHA Quarterly Training Call  

We are looking forward to having our second 2016 SE Stakeholder conference call to discuss recent seat belt concerns in metal and nonmetal mining and hope you will all join us. We will be addressing the following agenda items along with a Q&A session for each topic: recent MNM fatalities, walk and talks and supervisory roles in safety. Our ongoing emphasis is on fatality reduction efforts as we conduct inspections and walk and talks. This was recently emphasized by Mr. Main in his stakeholder conference call from headquarter's.

MSHA Southeast Stakeholder Conference Call
October 20, 2016, 1-1:45 p.m., CST
1-866-812-7030, Passcode: 9851452

Find more information here

Learn more  about the topics discussed in the SE District Stakeholder Teleconference Calls.

MSHA Holds Important Stakeholder Meeting

On October 5, 2016, MSHA held an important mining industry stakeholder meeting, with a call to action to prevent mining deaths.

While there have been great strides to improve mining safety, leading to 2015 as the safest year in mining history in terms of the fewest number of mining deaths and lowest fatal and injury rates ever recorded, the mining deaths that have occurred this year make clear that much more needs to be done to protect our nation's miners. With mining deaths nearing the same number as last year, and the need to have protections in place so every miner can go home safe and healthy at the end of each shift, there is a need for the mining community to increase efforts to curb these mining deaths. MSHA is doing just that and I know if we all apply our efforts we can prevent these mining deaths.

MSHA Law Class

The Florida Mine Safety Program is committed to providing all mine supervisors and managers,
from the company president to front line supervisors and agents, with the proper understanding of the MSHA rules and regulations in order to instill in their co-workers a culture where SAFETY is a VALUE. Our MSHA Law Class provides a thorough understanding of the law and their rights and responsibilities.

Upon successful completion of this 3-day workshop, participants should be able to:

1) Verify operational compliance with federal and state standards through the use of pertinent government publications.

2) Reduce accidents and citations caused by non-compliance issues.

3) Promote the general health and safety of the operation.

4) Understand the importance of the production process.

Available hotel options include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plant City, Fairfield Inn & Suites Lakeland Plant City, Hampton Inn Bartow and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bartow.

Dates and Location: November 16-18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Nichols Training Center, 9200 S. County Line Road, Lithia, FL 33547
Seat Belt Safety Alert

Twenty of the miners who died in mobile equipment accidents at metal and nonmetal mines since 2005 would have survived the accident had they been using their seat belt. The ages of the victims ranged from 21 to 65 years, with job experience varying from as little as four, eight and twelve days up to 43 years. More than one-third of the deceased miners had twenty or more years of mining experience. Even supervisors were counted among the unbuckled victims.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) are working together through their alliance to increase seat belt usage among equipment operators to help achieve the objective of "ZERO INJURY, ZERO HARM." The accompanying Safety Alert calls attention to the engineering and administrative control components of an effective seat belt policy at your site.
October Events

31st FLSME Regional Mining Conference

The 31st Annual FLSME Regional Mining Conference is taking place 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 are attending the educational technical sessions and will be networking with peers representing the mining industry.  To register, click the button below.

Don't miss another exciting SME event!  The 10th Annual SME Golf Extravaganza is October 11, 2016.  The funds raised from this tournament will help further educate students, communities and elected officials about the roles of the regional mining industries. S ponsorship opportunities are available and team registration is now  open.

National Safety Council Congress and Expo

The National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo is taking place on October 15-26, 2016 in Anaheim, California. This event is home to the world's largest annual safety exhibit, with more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing innovative safety products and solutions spread over 200,000+ sq ft. You can find more information and register here

 Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to info@flminesafety.com 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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