In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about Workers Memorial Day/Day of Mourning for Miners, upcoming mine rescue contests,  new training courses, a recap of BASF Global Safety Day, Sam's Corner, Advisory Board Spotlight, the safety law newsletter and the Simformotion Scholarship opportunity.

Workers Memorial Day/Annual Day of Mourning for Miners

On April 28, the Florida Mine Safety Program held the Day of Mourning for Miners in observance of Worker's Memorial Day. A special memorial service was held, consisting of candle lighting and a moment of silence to pay tribute. Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Here is a video featuring our Mining Program Manager Karen Miller,CMSP reading the names of the fallen miners and Contractor Safety Lead for Mosaic Jon Heaser ringing the honor bell.

The presentation of resolutions by E.E. Eunice, executive director of the Florida Public Safety Institute and the video committee of Thunder Bay Productions, who produced our videos "Confined Spaces: Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans"and "Workplace Examination: Fight for Life."

Guest speaker Karonica Brice, aggregates safety manager of CEMEX North Region Quarry discussing what safety means to her.

Here are the names of the miners honored at the ceremony. These brave miners will be remembered for their hard work and commitment, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

To see more photos and videos from the event, head to our   Facebook album.
Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at
Upcoming Mine Rescue Contests
Florida Mine Safety Program at the Southeast Regional Mine Rescue Contest

Join the Florida Mine Safety Program for the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest, May 1-4 in New Iberia Louisiana, and the  Southeast Regional Mine Rescue Contest, June 19-22 in Knoxville, Tennessee!
Upcoming Courses
NEW COURSE ANNOUNCMENT: Our "Impairment in the Workplace" course taught by Master Corporal Susan M. Barge is now open! Corporal Barge was at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in November 2016 where she held a session about impairment. We are excited to have this course on our roster!

Save the date! 
May 10-11, 2017 , 8 a.m.-4 p.m.- 9200 S County Line Road Lithia, FL 33547

June 17-18, 2017, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.-  Cemex. 3292 NW 118th Ave Miami, FL 33178

May 23-25 , 2017, 8  a.m.- 4:30 p.m.- Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center ( 75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333)
June 20-22, 2017, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.- Florida Public Safety Institute ( 75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333)
If interested, contact Karen Miller : (850) 201-7689,
BASF Global Safety Day
On April 5, 2017, we held our MSHA annual refresher training as part of BASF Global Safety Day at the Florida Public Safety Institute. The training was led by board member (and this month's spotlight) Jeremy Wharton, president of JW & Associates.Here are a few photos from the event:

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 Conference Call.
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 - 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
Safety Law Newsletter

The Law Office of Adele L. Abrams has released the April edition of the Safety Law Newsletter. In it, you will find information about OSHA's final rule on  occupational exposure to crystalline silica in construction.
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 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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