October  2018
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2018 TRAM Conference, the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, FMSP's Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, MSHA's Quarterly Stakeholder Call, and more.

FMSP Wins Big at TRAM Conference

The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) was honored to receive the 2018 TRAM Training Materials Competition Grand Prize for our mine safety training video at MSHA's annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference in Beaver, WV on Oct. 9. FMSP's video, "Mine Rescues - Plan Now Well Ahead of Any Incident," also took home First Place in the competition's video category. 

Click here to watch a preview of FMSP's award-winning video. If you're interested in purchasing the full video for $50, please contact FMSP Mining Program Manager Karen Miller at millerka@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-7689. You can get a FREE copy at the 2018 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference on Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 in Birmingham, AL at our session or at our booth. Our session will be held on Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bessemer Room.

We'd like to thank all who helped make this video possible:
  • Lead Actors: Tiffany A. Wengyn and her plant location team: Lacey Price, Willie West and Rob Seaborn
  • Polk County Fire Rescue - State of Florida
  • Polk County Sheriff's Office - State of Florida
  • Special thanks to our producer, Gary Mitchell of Thunder Bay Productions, based in Atlanta, GA and our filming location, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC - Four Corners - Bradley, FL
Become a Sponsor of FMSP's  Annual
Training and Competition

Sponsorship registration is open for FMSP's Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition on Feb. 25 - March 1, 2019 in Havana, FL. We have a variety of monetary sponsorship levels available, in addition to promotional item sponsorship options. Click here if your company is interested in sponsoring our annual event!

Help After Hurricane Michael

During this time, the Florida Panhandle is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Michael. If you are currently in need of support or if you would like to assist those who are in need,  click here for more information.

Thank You to Marcie Goodman and the Cal/ OSHA Team

We would like to give a special thank you to Ms. Marcie Goodman of the Cal/OSHA, State of California Department of Industrial Relations. Ms. Goodman, along with her team, produced the "Low Voltage Safety and Miners' Rights and Responsibilities" video that the FMSP distributed at our TRAM Conference booth.  If you would like to view or receive a free copy of of the video, you can send a request here.

Safety Law Newsletter - October 2018

October's Safety Law Newsletter discusses changes at MSHA, OSHA's Silica Standard, the MSHA Workplace Exam rule, an appropriations update and more. Click here to read the full newsletter.

FPSI's Instructor Training Seminar Rescheduled

The Florida Public Safety Institute's (FPSI) 10th Annual Instructor Training Seminar has been rescheduled for Jan. 14-18, 2019. The event, which was pushed back due to Hurricane Michael, was originally scheduled for Oct. 14-19, 2018.

For those who already registered and paid for the seminar when it was scheduled for October, a credit will be issued toward the rescheduled event in 2019. There will not be any refunds. If you have any questions, please refer to Gigi Hawthorne. Her contact information is below.

Gigi Hawthorne
Advanced & Specialized Coordinator
Florida Public Safety Institute
(850) 201-7081

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

MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder Call

The MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder call was held on Oct. 16, 2018. Learn more about the contents of the call by  clicking here.

Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to info@flminesafety.com and we will post it in 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 more than 30 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under 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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