Welcome to the Florida Mine Safety Program's first e-newsletter. In this edition, you'll find information about our program and our High Liability Trainers Conference. 

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. In an effort to do so, FMSP has partnered with 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 work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all. 

Oct. 4-9 at the Florida Public Safety Institute - Havana, Florida

The Florida Public Safety Institute's (FPSI) 7th Annual High Liability Trainers Conference, Oct. 4-9, is an event that brings all safety professionals, first responders, law enforcement organizations and communications and information systems personnel together to improve the justice system and mine safety and health throughout the U.S. while fostering working relationships and promoting the education of its memberships and grants. It attracts nearly 400 instructors from throughout the southeastern U.S. The conference will feature events that will range from classroom instruction, accident investigations, mock trials, demonstrations and armorers' courses to live fire classes on modern firearms training and the latest in firearms technology. The courses will be taught by nationally recognized safety experts in their fields. In addition to the training, a vendor display and demonstration will host a variety of mining resources and materials and public safety and law enforcement equipment from recognized manufacturers. 

The conference will also offer an MSHA rules and regulations law course to instill in mine supervisors and managers a culture where SAFETY is a VALUE. Many supervisors enter "panic mode" the minute the MSHA inspector arrives. If you don't have a sound working knowledge of the Act and 30 CFR, you should at least have the resources readily available for reference and know how to use them. Failure to do so could result in citations, orders with huge fines or even imprisonment. Owners, operators, contractors and supervisory personnel involved in the mining industry must fully understand both federal and state mine safety laws. It is the purpose of this school to educate the attendee in the pertinent aspects of the current statutes and recent changes. Register at the link below. 

If you are interested in donating items for the silent auction, please contact Karen Miller: millerka@tcc.fl.edu.