In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about Amy Post, new training courses, the new Pacific territories, upcoming 2017 events, Sam's Corner, Advisory Board Spotlight, the State of Nevada contact safety newsletter and the Simformotion Scholarship opportunity.

Amy Post and her family

Amy Post is an agent at PostCard Travel Planning, a law enforcement and military family-owned business that strives to give the best possible service at the lowest rates.We at the Florida Mine Safety Program love working with Amy and her team!

Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at
Upcoming Courses

Save the date! 

March 16, 2017, LafargeHolcim,  12892 W H C R Limestone Trail, Crystal River, FL 34428

March 28-30, 2017, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Ironworkers Local 397 (10201 US Hwy 92, Tampa, FL 33610), Union Hall
May 10-11, 2017 , 8 a.m.-4 p.m.- 9200 S County Line Road Lithia, FL 33547

March 20-24, 2017, 7 a.m. - Miami Area (location to be announced upon registration)
April 5, 2017,  7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.- Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center ( 75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333)
Aug. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. - Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology (13500 NW CR 235 Alachua, Florida 32615)

New Pacific Territories

We'd like to welcome  the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa - The Pacific Territories with the Department of Labor in Guam. We're excited to work along side you to promote safety in mining!
2017 Conferences and Events

Workers Memorial Day/Annual Day of Mourning for Miners

If you attended our Inaugural Day of Mourning for Miners  last year, you know it is a can't-miss event. Please join us in our second annual event in observance of Workers Memorial Day. A special memorial service consisting of candle lighting and a moment of silence will pay tribute to miners who have been injured, suffered illness or died on the job due to workplace-related hazards and incidents in the mining industry. The honor bell will sound an echo of remembrance along with a call out of our fallen metal/non-metal and coal miners.

In addition to remembering those we've lost, this event will serve as a reminder that it is everyone's role to raise public awareness of workplace health and safety to prevent further workplace injuries and deaths in the mining industry. 

Prior to the ceremony we will be serving a free breakfast with a tour of the Florida Public Safety Institute following the ceremony for planning and development of the Surface Mine Rescue Contest coming February 2018.

When: Friday, April 28, 7-11 a.m.
Where: Florida Public Safety Institute -- 75 College Drive, Havana, FL

BASF Global Safety Stand-Down

On April 5, 2017 the Florida Mine Safety Program will be participating in a Global Safety Stand-down to coincide with our annual MSHA refresher. The event will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center in Havana, Florida. The current focus is on integrating life-saving rules and housekeeping components into the annual elements of the MSHA training. There will also be a focus on first aid, CPR and AED training.
This event will take place as part of the Global Safety Days by BASF. The theme for his year is "Safety is about you, me and us as a team" with emphasis on housekeeping discipline

More Conferences and Events

Florida Mine Safety Program at the Southeast Regional Mine Rescue Contest

New mining contests and events for the year have been added to our website, including the Southeast Regional Mine Rescue Contest and the Tennessee Regional Mine Rescue Contest.

Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

MSHA Quarterly Training Call

Learn more  about the topics discussed during the latest SE District Stakeholder Conference Call.

C hanges to Workplace Examination

Learn more  about the final rule announced by MSHA that will enhance the quality of working place examinations in metal and non-metal mines. 
Advisory Board Spotlight

As the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) and Florida Mine Safety Program move forward with improving and enhancing our services to the mining operations and wonderful folks that work in and around the mines, we are establishing an advisory board to assist FPSI in making our dreams for the program a reality.

The mission of the advisory board is to assist FPSI in identifying industry best practices, creating a statewide training plan, drafting rule language for the Surface Mine Rescue Contest coming in February 2018, programming for fallen miners yearly and planning a statewide mining conference. 

Get to know our February advisory board spotlight: Joan Haynes, CSP, CMSP!

Joan Haynes

Joan Haynes, CSP, CMSP,  has over 20 years of experience in the field of safety and health in both industrial and 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48 in mining environments.She  has been involved with the Florida Mine Safety Program for over 15 years

State of Nevada Contact Safety Newsletter
The State of Nevada Mine Safety and Training Section has released their quarterly contact safety newsletter. This edition features winter workplace safety tips and a quiz to test your knowledge.

Simformotion Student Scholarship

Simformotion LLC is offering an academic scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited heavy-equipment-related program at an institution that utilizes Cat Simulators as part of their training program. Application deadline is May 31, 2017.

  Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to and we will post it on 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 the past 31 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the 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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