December 2020
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about 2021 course dates, as well as the Fourth Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition.
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 throughout 2021.

At least one New Miner Training and one Annual Refresher Training will be held each month. 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 soon.  

New Miner Training and Annual Refresher Training courses also will be offered at a location in Lakeland, Florida in 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!

Team, non-competitor participant, sponsor and vendor registration is now open. For more information, visit our website.

Classes also are open for registration and additional classes will be posted on January 4.

Watch the official preview video below and relive some of last year's highlights! 
Thank You Judith!
Judith Etterer is retiring after serving as the staff assistant in the Metal Nonmetal Southeast District Office of the Mine Safety & Health Administration.

She also had a tremendous impact on the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference each year.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication Judith, we will miss you!
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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