October 2020
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about the TRAM Annual Conference, as well as new course offerings and next year's training and competition.
FMSP Wins Blue Ribbon Award at TRAM Annual Conference 

At this year's Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Annual Conference, the Florida Mine Safety Program took home the Blue Ribbon Award for the Training Materials Competition.

Our mine safety training video, "Powered Haulage - Get Them on Board," was presented with the Blue Ribbon Award during the virtual conference held October 14-15, 2020. 

Click here to watch the award-winning video.
Courses Offered at Northeast Florida Safety Council

The Florida Mine Safety Program has partnered with the Northeast Florida Safety Council in Jacksonville to offer Mine Safety & Health Administration classes and workshops beginning in November.

New Miner Training will be held November 12 and Annual Refresher Training is taking place November 18-20. Registration for these classes is now open. Click here for more information. 

Train-the-Trainer, MSHA Law, Supervisory/Leadership and Contractor Workshops will be posted in early 2021.  

New Miner Training and Annual Refresher Training courses also will be offered at a location in Lakeland, Florida beginning in December. 
2021 Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition 

The Florida Mine Safety Program's 4th Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition will be held March 1-4, 2021, at the Florida Public Safety Institute, located just northwest of Tallahassee. 
Click here to watch the official preview video and relive some of last year's highlights! 
For more information about the competition, visit our website.
Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference: Message from Dr. Kevin Elko 

The 2020 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference was postponed, but will occur November 3-5, 2021. 

Dr. Kevin Elko, one of the conference's most popular speakers, has recorded a special video for you to watch in the meantime! 

Click here to watch the video.
 Meet Lee: Mining Field Analyst and Training Specialist 

The Florida Mine Safety Program is excited to welcome Lee Paxton as its newest mining field analyst and training specialist!

Lee has been a certified Mine Safety & Health Administration instructor since July 2004 and a licensed EMT-paramedic with the state of Florida since 1994. She also is the owner of Central Florida Safety Training, LLC. 

All questions related to training should be directed to Lee at 850-201-7682 (Office) or 850-694-3496 (Cell) or via email at [email protected].
Message from the District Manager

The Mine Safety and Health Enforcement East Region Birmingham Office will have Acting District Managers Brian Thompson and Maryjo Bishop on 30-day rotations.

The mining community suffered several fatalities in 2020. MSHA investigates each mining fatality and prepares documents in order to alert the mining community and prevent similar occurrences. To learn more, click here. 
Mine Rescue Day 

Every year, we commemorate Mine Rescue Day on October 30 to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of volunteers who risk their own lives to save other miners. We salute these brave individuals who give their time and risk their lives in the service of others. 

Leaders in the mining community have penned a letter to mine rescue team members, thanking them for their dedication. The letter, which was sent out last week, is below. 

For more information about Mine Rescue Day, click here.
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.

Disclosure of Federal Participation (Stevens Amendment) 
  • The Florida MSHA State Grants Program informs the public that the use of Federal dollars in the Florida Mine Safety Program meets the Stevens Amendment requirement.  Bid Solicitations, press releases, various instructional material purchases, training resources, video productions, websites, social media, mine rescue events, staff professional development opportunities, and all engagements have been funded in whole or in part with Federal Entitlement Dollars. 
  • This Florida Mine Safety Program Bid Solicitation is fully supported by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA State Grants Program, of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $180,857.00 with 25% ($45,214.00) from non-governmental sources. 
  • "This material was produced under Grant Number MSHA 2020-1 from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA State Grants Program, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government." 
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