Happy Holidays from the Florida Mine Safety Program! In this edition, you'll find information about Master Corporal Sue Barge and the Impairment in the Workplace: Preventing Injury and Death session, Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference recap, Sam's Corner, Advisory Board Spotlight, National Miner's Day and the 2016 MSHA Webinar Series. 

Master Corporal Susan M. Barge

Sue Barge is a senior traffic homicide investigator and a drug recognition expert currently assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy. Sue is also the assistant drug recognition expert coordinator for the Florida Highway Patrol, and the agency coordinator for the Breath Testing courses, Agency Inspector courses and the SFST and ARIDE courses. She has been a Drug Recognition Expert since 2003, a DUI instructor since 2009 and a DRE instructor since 2010.  

Sue brought her experience and expertise to the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference in October when she held a session on  Impairment in the Workplace:  Preventing Injury and Death.

Sue speaking on Impairment in the Workplace: Preventing Injury and Death. 

Sue demonstrating the effects of impairment through the use of drunk goggles. She also shared different types of a paraphernalia to show how employees can hide drugs. 

The many takeaways during Sue's session include the seven drug categories, medical conditions that may mimic drug impairment, central nervous system stimulants, methods and signs of ingestion, identifying narcotic analgesics, general indicators of impairment and so much more!

We learned a lot from Sue, and so can you! The Florida Mine Safety Program website will be adding a new course taught by Sue called Impairment in the Workplace: Preventing Injury and Death. This course will be very similar to her conference session and will be availabe for registration on our website soon. Stay tuned!

11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference Recap

The 2016 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference took place Nov. 2-4 in Birmingham, Alabama and was a huge success!  There were over 575 attendees, the Charity Dinner raised over $7,700 for Kids' Chance  charity , exhibitors showed cutting edge products and services and so much more! 

Recognized as one of the best mining conferences in the country, the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is a valuable resource for industry safety and health information. If you are an operator, safety and health manager, contractor, miner, educator or other member of the mining community, be sure to start registering now for the 2017 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference taking place Nov. 1-3.

  Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference 
Live Videos

Plant Contractors and Maintenance with Danny Callies.

Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference opening ceremonies.

Introductions by Richard Gates and Joe Main!

Jerry Mills presenting Extra Extraordinary Rules to Live By.

Proactive Compliance Strategies - Avoiding MSHA Citations with Brian Hendrix, Husch Blackwell LLP, Mark Savit, Husch Blackwell, and Josh Savit, Predictive Safety.

John A. Stalcup presenting Emergency Response Training- Planning for Your Employees and Local EMS Personnel.

Motivational Speaker Kina Rep on Safety Beyond PPE.

The Mayberry Deputy stopped by our booth!

Manny Ehrlich from Adair Grain Company in West, Texas presented Lessons Learned from West Fertilizer.

Karen Miller and Kim Allen presented Surface Mine Rescue Contest for MNM - A Planning Workshop. We look forward to updating you on event planning progress in the upcoming months. 

Kids' Chance Inc. Charity Dinner!

Take a look at all of the amazing 2016 Southeast Mine Safety and Health sponsors! And click on the image to see a brief interview we did with each exhibitor. 

To see photos and more live videos taken during the conference, visit 
the Florida Mine Safety Program Facebook page.

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.

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, programming for fallen miners yearly and planning a statewide mining conference. 

Get to know our December advisory board spotlights!

Karen M. Miller

Karen M. Miller, CMSP, is the mining coordinator of Florida's MSHA State Grants Program. The program provides creative and interactive learning programs to mining operations and contractors by bringing energy, humor and a wealth of real life examples to every training class.

Kwaku Boakye

Kwaku Boakye, MBA, MSC, is the site manager for Lafargeholcim - Crystal River quarry and is a mining professional with over 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, project management, construction management and operation management. He has more than 10 publications to his credit relating to mine operation, mine waste management and geotechnical engineering.

Linda Anhalt

Linda Anhalt is the Mosaic manager of environmental health and safety training. Linda has been active in learning and development for 20 years with experience that spans multiple industries including, manufacturing, professional services, banking, mortgage origination and servicing and consumer finance. 

Learn more about Karen, Kwaku, Linda and the rest of the advisory board below.

National Miner's Day

On Dec. 6 we recognized National Miner's Day. This day marks the anniversary of the worst mining accident in history on Dec. 6, 1907, in Monogah, West Virginia. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 362 miners. In 2009, congress proclaimed that each Dec. 6 would be recognized as National Miner's Day. This is a reminder of how important it is for each of us to train on safety in the mines.

2016 MSHA Webinar Series
Register now for the 2016 MSHA Webinar Series. There will be ONE more webinar of 2016 taking place on Dec. 15 on MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections. Find more information and registration details on our website!

  Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to info@flminesafety.com 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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