Happy New Year from the Florida Mine Safety Program! In this edition, you'll find information about Tiffany Wengyn, our new intern Cheyenne Heaser, new training courses, Sam's Corner, Advisory Board Spotlight, MSHA 2016 Preliminary Fatality Data and the January Safety Law Newsletter from the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams.

Tiffany Wengyn
Tiffany Wengyn

Tiffany A. Wengyn  is an employee at The Mosaic Company in Florida and has just accepted a new position as a minerals environmental health and safety specialist at the Four Corners Mine. Her role will focus on safety for the Four Corners field along with mine services and land reclamation projects that may occur at other Mosaic mines. She will ensure employees and contractors are remaining safe during their daily activities.

Congratulations to Tiffany on her new position!

Cheyenne Heaser
Cheyenne Heaser

Meet our new intern! Cheyenne Heaser is the new mining program intern and event specialist. She graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida, in 2014 and is currently a junior at Florida State University. Cheyenne is double majoring in criminal justice and hospitality and plans to utilize her experience working at the Florida Public Safety Institute to further her education. We are happy to have her on the Florida Mine Safety Program team!

Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at info@flminesafety.com.
New Training Courses

This is a prerequisite course to become a MSHA Approved Instructor. The Approved Instructor Certification is a requirement for those operations that fall under the Title 30 CFR Part 48 for surface mines, surface areas of underground mines and underground mines.

The course will be held Feb. 14-16, 2017 at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana, FL.

Each miner will receive no less than 8 hours of Annual Refresher Training no less frequently than once each 12 months as prescribed in Section 48.28. This course covers such topics as: Changes at the mine or plant which may affect miners' safety or health, mandatory health and safety standards and transportation controls and communication systems

The course will be held on Feb.3, Feb. 10 and Aug 25 at Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology in Alachua, Florida. 

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 January advisory board spotlight: Ken Corley, CMSP!


Ken Corley, CMSP, has 39 years of mining and manufacturing experience, including two years in Saudi Arabia. He is active in a number of safety organizations including the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and the American Society of Safety Engineers.

MSHA Preliminary Fatality Data
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released preliminary fatality data for 2016. It indicates that 25 mining-related deaths happened in 2016. We are starting fresh in 2017, be sure to check out our courses for up-to-date information on safety.

January Safety Law Newsletter
The Law Office of Adele L. Abrams issues a safety law newsletter every month. This edition details the U.S Department of Labor semi-annual regulatory agenda, covering its agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Association as well as the Mine Safety and Health Administration. 

  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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