In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about the Louisiana and Texas Mine Safety Programs, our 2017 Communicator Award winning video , Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest videos, new training courses, Coming Soon: Surface Mine Rescue Contest, Summertime Safety Tips, Advisory Board Spotlight, Sam's Corner, My Equipment Is Grandfathered - Wrong, Harnessing the Untapped Power of Teams for Safety in a Multi-Generational Environment and Safety Knows No Boundaries.

The Louisiana and Texas Mine Safety Programs

This month we would like to spotlight our friends at the Louisiana and Texas Mine Safety Programs who we had the pleasure of volunteering and spending time with at the recent Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest. Jeffrey Hodges is the Louisiana MSHA Mine Safety Program Director and Phyllis Walker is the MSHA Coordinator located at Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg, Louisiana. Peggy Merritt is an MSHA and First Aid/CPR Field Trainer with the Texas Mine Safety Program located at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. Thank you, to our sister programs for all they do to keep their home states safe! 

 Phyllis Walker, Karen Miller, Peggy Merritt and Jeffrey Hodges at the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest held in New Iberia, Louisiana on May 1-4, 2017.
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Florida Mine Safety Program Wins 2017 Communicator Award for Safety Video

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) presented the Florida Mine Safety Program with the 2017 Communicator Award for its safety video and training tool, "Confined Spaces in Mining-Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans," on May 9, 2017, as part of its 23rd Annual Communicator Awards. Each year, this award is given to communications professionals who exhibit excellence in creativity, and it is of national status and the highest level of prestige in the multimedia and video industry.

"We are proud to earn this great distinction and hope it serves to raise awareness and understanding of safety and rescue plan importance for all miners," said FMSP Mining Program Manager Karen Miller, CMSP.

Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest Videos

We were happy to volunteer our time and support at this year's Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest in New Iberia, Louisiana. During the field competition days we helped take videos and coordinate teams through each event as well as help with the CPR and technician portions in the following days. Watch our videos on our Facebook page

See more videos here and see our photos here.
Upcoming Courses

July 24-26, 2017 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333), Dining Hall Conference Room,  $285.00

July 25-27, 2017 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333), Classroom TBA
Coming Soon: Surface Mine Rescue Contest
Click here to tour the Florida Public Safety Institute and see why it would make the perfect facility for Florida's First Surface Mine Rescue Contest we plan to host next year! 

The Florida Public Safety Institute's helicopter pad would make for the perfect place to practice confined space drills as well as repelling. 

 Summertime Safety Tips 

With temperatures on the rise this summer it is important to stay hydrated, especially working in the mining industry. Read the article below for 10 hydration tips to keep you in top form this summer.
 Advisory Board Spotlight
This month our advisory spotlight goes to Brianna Barnebee, the communications director for the Florida Mine Safety Program. Brianna is a senior account manager at RB Oppenheim Associates (RBOA), serving clients in the public health, association, technology, education, government and mining industries. Her responsibilities include strategy development and planning, branding and messaging, media relations and issue management, editorial services, social media networking and digital marketing, event planning, production management and client counseling. We're happy to have her advise on communications strategies to promote the Surface Mine Rescue Contest!

Brianna Barnebee, the Mayberry Deputy and Karen Miller at 11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference. 
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.
My Equipment Is Grandfathered - Wrong!
A lack of understanding OSHA's machine guarding regulations continues to make machine safeguarding one of OSHA's Top 10 violations.
We often hear "our equipment is old and has been grandfathered so it doesn't need guarding." While this may seem logical, it is simply not true. Up until the late 1970's, OSHA did have a few "grandfathered" clauses in its regulations, but these have long since expired. In order to be compliant today, ALL machines must meet minimum OSHA standards, even your old ones.
Harnessing the Untapped Power of Teams for Safety in a Multi-Generational Environment

One of the most significant negatives of groupthink is the tendency to alienate those who are not a part of a certain group. An aspect related to groupthink is multiple generations; multi-generational workplaces are the norm.
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
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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