December 2018
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information on registration for FMSP's Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, photos and videos from the 2018 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, the November Safety Law Newsletter and more.

Register Today for FMSP's Annual Training & Competition!

Team Mosaic - New Wales at FMSP's inaugural event in 2018

Have you registered your team for the Florida Mine Safety Program's (FMSP) Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition? The event will be held Feb. 25 - March 1, 2019 at the Florida Public Safety Institute, located just northwest of Tallahassee, Florida. Click here to view hotel accommodations and rates. We will have a variety of training sessions available, including: 
  • Rope Rescue Awareness
  • Water Safety & Survival 
  • First Aid Refresher, CPR and AED Practice
  • Basic Confined Space Entry
Registration for sponsors, vendors and non-competitors is also open. For more information on event rules and registration,  please visit our website or contact FMSP Mining Program Manager Karen Miller at or (850) 201-7689. 
Upcoming Courses: MSHA Annual Refresher Training

The MSHA Annual Refresher Training course will be held Dec. 12-13 in Marianna, Florida. The cost is $55.00. This will be the last MSHA class of 2018. 

Click here to register for the course.

Looking Back: Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference

We had an amazing time at the 2018 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 31 - Nov. 2! The conference was filled with compelling speakers, a wide array of vendors, an exciting auction event and an appearance by the Mayberry Deputy. To view our photos from that week, click here.

FPSI's 10th Annual 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. This seminar offers more than 60 training sessions in leadership, firearms, defensive tactics, driving, as well as traditional classroom training in various topics to the 200-250 attendees we have each year.

Click here for registration information and rundown of the week's events.

Safety Law Newsletter - November 2018

The November Safety Law Newsletter discusses OSHA's revised policy on  saf ety  incentive & drug testing programs, OSHA's most-cited standards list, MSHA's Fire Suppression System Initiative and more. Click here to read the full newsletter.
Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

The Florida Mine Safety Program had the opportunity to interview Sam Pierce, MSHA's Southeastern District Manager for metal/nonmetal mines, at the 2018 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference. Pierce discussed the importance of mine safety conferences and competitions, as well as MSHA's latest initiatives.

Click the image above to watch the video!
Click the image above to watch the video!

Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to 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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