November 2019
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about the 2019 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference and the 2020 Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, as well as updates from MSHA's Sam Pierce.

2019 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in Birmingham, Alabama

2019 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference

The 2019 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference took place Nov. 5-7, in Birmingham, Alabama. The annual conference brings together speakers, vendors and mining companies to discuss the latest in health and safety. The conference aims to push the mining community closer to its goal of zero injuries, illnesses and fatalities. It also provides the opportunity for miners to network with industry and regulatory representatives. 

This year, feature presentations were given by:
  • Manley Feinberg
  • David G. Zatezalo
  • Terry L. Tyson
  • Mark Savit
  • J.B. Smith
  • Eric Dusenbery
  • Eric Therwanger
  • Sam Pierce
  • Angelica Grindle
  • Mike Hourigan
  • Patricia Silvey
We enjoyed attending this insightful event and can't wait to do it all again next year! To see the conference through our eyes,  click here.

Mark your calendars! The 15th Annual Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference will be held Oct. 27-29, 2020. 
Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference Attendees 

While attending the 2019 Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, we had the opportunity to interview some amazing individuals in the mining community. 

Visit our YouTube channel for insights into conference growth, MSHA law and the See Something, Say Something initiative. Interviewees include Joe Alderdice, Nick Scala and Danny Callies.
2020 Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition

The Florida Mine Safety Program's 3rd Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition will be held Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Florida Public Safety Institute,  located just northwest of Tallahassee, Florida

Click here to watch the official preview video and relive some of last year's highlights! 

For more information about registering for the competition, visit our website. The competition rule book will be released Sunday, Dec. 1.  
Sam's Corner

"We continue to emphasize powered haulage and seat belt usage. This also includes conveyor safety." For key safety practices and resources pertaining to this issue,  click here.

"Powered Haulage Be Alert, Be Ready!" was the Grand Prize Winner at the 2019 Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference. To watch the video,  click here.

Sam Pierce is the District Manager of MSHA's Southeastern District.
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.

This material was produced under grant number MSHA 2018-1 and MSHA 2019-1 from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.
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