In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find a congratulations to Adele Abrams, information about upcoming events,  the winners of the Post 6 Ohio Valley Mine Rescue Competition, upcoming courses, Coming Soon: Emergency Response Team Surface Mine Rescue Contest, Sam's Corner, the Safety Law Newsletter and Safety Knows No Boundaries.

Congratulations Adele Abrams

This month we would like to spotlight Adele Abrams Esq., CMSP and president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams PC on being awarded the American Society of Safety Engineer's 2017 Safety Professional of the Year. Thank you, Adele, for all you do in helping to keep those in the mining industry safe. 

Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at
Tallahassee's First SAFE Charter Meeting

The Florida Mine Safety Program is excited to be a part of the new Tallahassee Chapter of the the Safety Alliance for Excellence (SAFE). Please join us at our first Tallahassee SAFE Charter Meeting September 7, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the  Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333). 
Florida Law Enforcement 9th Annual Instructor Training Seminar Conference

We are excited to attend the Instructor Training Seminar hosted on our very own campus, October 9-13, 2017   at Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333). We are all about training for any incident you may experience out in the field!
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MSHA's Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference

Register today for MSHA's Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference October 10-12, 2017 in Beaver, West Virgina. This year's theme is "Tune Up Your Training with Modern Technologies" and will feature some of the industry's most respected trainers. Come on out and improve your training skills through news ideas and materials! 

SME Florida Conference 2017

This two-day conference in Lakeland, Florida, October 11-12, 2017, will feature a full technical program focused on mining, chemical processing, reclamation, environment, safety and public relations. With a full technical program, featuring 40 different presentations these two days will be filled with several educational opportunities. 

Winners of the Post 6 Ohio Valley Mine Rescue Contest

Congratulations to all of those who competed in the Post 6 Ohio Valley Mine Rescue Contest in Moundsville, West Virginia, this past June! 

To check out more of the winners, click here
Upcoming Courses

September 19-22, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. -    Cemex Miami Cement Plant (1200 NW 137
th Avenue, Miami, FL  33182), CLASS FULL
September 25-27, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Cemex Miami Cement Plant (1200 NW 137th Avenue, Miami, FL  33182)

MSHA Part 48 Instructor Training (Train-the-Trainer)

September 26-28,
 Time TBA - Mosaic Nichols Training Center (9200 South County Line Road, Lithia, FL 33547)
October 17-19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. -  Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333), Classroom Building room 217

November 14-16, Time TBA - CEMEX Gator Mine (114 Old Dean Still Road, Davenport, FL  33897), with instructors William Gerringer and Nicholas Scala
Coming Soon: Emergency Response Team Surface Mine Rescue Contest
Want to put your mine rescue skills to the test while honing these vital skills? Save the date for the Emergency Response Team Surface Mine Rescue Contest scheduled for the end of February 2018 at our very own Florida Public Safety Institute. The event will not only include the competition portion, but also training and fun-filled activities for miners' family members who attend!

Click here to tour the Florida Public Safety Institute and see why it will make the perfect facility for Florida's First Emergency Response Team Surface Mine Rescue Contest.

Contact Karen Miller to get involved! (850) 201-7689, 

The Florida Public Safety Institute's helicopter pad will be appropriate for practicing confined space drills, as well as repelling. 

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

MSHA Quarterly Training Call
Learn more about the topics covered during the latest SE District Stakeholder Meeting.

Safety Alert: Fatality
On July 27, 2017, a miner was fatally injured when his light-duty truck was run over by a haul truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. To view this on our website, click here.

Serious Accident Alert
Miners were working to unplug a crusher and after the obstruction was cleared, the crusher still would not turn. A miner attempted to manually turn the crusher rotor with a pry bar when his foot was caught in the moving part. Coworkers helped to free him and he was transported him to a local hospital for medical treatment. The accident occurred on June 22, 2017. To view this on our website, click here.

Safety Law Newsletter
July's edition of the Safety Law Newsletter discusses OSHA's VPP Program "recalibration," the latest MSHA quarterly training call, recent news involving the court of appeals giving MSHA access to personnel records, an update to overtime changes, a recent court ruling in California that may signal a shift in liability, the new nanomaterials act that goes into effect this month and what "placeholder" regulatory agendas mean for MSHA and OSHA. 

Safety Knows No Boundaries

This world is a melting pot of various languages and backgrounds, but one thing that remains the same for all is the need for safety. With Florida's diverse population of miners, we cater to all by offering courses in any language requested. 

We are excited to spread mine safety beyond the U.S. borders as well and welcome the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to our program! For more information on working with them, please visit the following websites:
Department of Labor
Workforce Investment Agency
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.

Safety Alliance for Excellence
The Safety Alliance has a member who is a national electrical contractor. They are currently looking to fill a Site Safety Managers position, who has some electrical experience, in the Tallahassee area. If you know someone who is currently looking for employment in the field of safety, please forward their resume directly to David Wessin,

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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