May 2020
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about the mining industry's response to coronavirus, including resources for virtual courses and personal protective equipment. 

Message From The Mining Program Manager

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I know the threat of the spread of coronavirus has us all feeling a little worried and uncertain. These unprecedented times have left us wondering how long we will need to social distance from one another on site and what the mining industry and our communities will look like once states begin to reopen. I just want you to know that the Florida Mine Safety Program is here for you and your organization, no matter what!

In this newsletter, you will find different resources that may be helpful to you during this time. Maybe you have more time on your hands now and you are searching for new training opportunities. Or, maybe you need to restock your supply of personal protective equipment.

Thank you for being a part of this community and sticking together during this trying time. We will get through this! Please let me know if there is anything the Florida Mine Safety Program can do for you. 

Karen M. Miller
Karen M. Miller, CMSP Mining Program Manager
Virtual Training Classes

The safety of our miners is our top concern. During this time of "working from home," the Florida Mine Safety Program can help you find virtual training courses and interactive classes with MSHA-approved instructors.  Click here to review course offerings.
Personal Protective Equipment

Have you been searching for masks, gloves or a thermometer?

Health Connection, LLC and Safety Alliance have the supplies you need to help protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Sam's Corner

I want to express my thanks to all of the SE mining community for their continued safe operations during the recent weeks of COVID-19.

At MSHA, we are continuing our safe distancing guidelines for inspectors conducting inspections, as well as using PPE where needed.  

Feel free to contact District and Field Staff with any questions.  

Sam Pierce is the District Manager of MSHA's Southeastern District.
3rd Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training & Competition Awards Banquet
Pictured: Patricia W. Silvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor; Syed Hafeez, Office of the Director, MSHA PEIR; Brian Thompson, Assistant District Manager - East Region Birmingham District Office; Karen Miller, Florida MSHA State Grants and East Region - Birmingham District Field Supervisors & Inspectors
2019-2020 Florida Surface Metal and NonMetal Mine Emergency Response Task Force

Kelly Childers, Carmeuse Longview Operations

Brandon Clemmons, Vulcan Materials

Darren Conn, MSHA SE District Office (not pictured)

James Hinton, Nutrien White Springs

Karen Miller, Florida MSHA State Grants

Brian Millington, Nyrstar Tennessee Mines

Hoyt Murphy, Argos Calera

Crystal Pearce, Mosaic New Wales

Rob Seaborn, Mosaic Four Corners

Jon Sheppard, U.S. Silica

Stanley Shotts, Argos Calera

Brian Thompson, MSHA SE District Office

Robert (BJ) Wilsford, Vulcan Materials

David Yates, Ph.D., Carmeuse Longview Operations

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 $175,046.00 with 25% ($43,762.00) from non-governmental sources. 
  • "This material was produced under Grant Number MSHA 2019-1 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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