In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about our 2017 Communicator Award winning video, a thank you to our video contributors , a recap of the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest, upcoming mine rescue contests, new training courses, a tour of the Florida Public Safety Institute, Day of Mourning for Miners in the news, 2nd Annual Golf Fore a Cure recap, Advisory Board Spotlight, Sam's Corner, and Safety Knows No Boundaries.

A Thank You to Our Video Contributors

This month we would like to spotlight and thank those who helped us create our award-winning video, "Confined Spaces in Mining-Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans." Our thanks go out to everyone involved; we appreciate your time and dedication to this project!

The Mosaic Company who allowed us the use of the Bartow Plant Facility as well as Safety Solutions and Supply who gave us access to their training facility in Bartow, Florida.

J.W. & Associates LLC who supplied manpower and equipment to demonstrate the preparation of a rescue plan as well as the practicing of the rescue plan in confined spaces.

Thunder Bay Productions of Atlanta who provided the script writing, on location filming and offline editing.

Lastly, we would like to thank Lava Post Production of Atlanta who provided online video editing, music scoring and the finalization of the video. 
Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at
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.

2017 Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest

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 were happy to help take videos and coordinate teams through each event as well as help with the CPR and technician portions in the following days.  

Field Competition Day


Technician Competition

First Aid Competition

See more videos here and see our photos here.
Upcoming Mine Rescue Contests

Florida Mine Safety Program at the Southeast Regional Mine Rescue Contest
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! If interested, contact Karen Miller: (850) 201-7689,

Save the date!

June 27-29, 2017, 8 a.m.-5 p.m . CEMEX FEC Quarry (13292 NW 118th Way, Miami, FL 33178)
July 10-11, 2017, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Branford High School (405 Reynolds Street, Branford, FL 32008) (this course is Part 46/48)
June 26-28, 2017, Time TBA. Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison (8411 E. Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33619)
July 12, 2017, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Branford High School (405 Reynolds Street, Branford, FL 32008)
Tour the Florida Public Safety Institute!
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. 

News Coverage for 2017 Day of Mourning

April 28 was the Annual Day of Mourning for Miners where a bell was rung in honor of miners who had who had lost their lives or were seriously injured on the job; reminding us that safety should always be a top priority. 

WCTV reports on the Annual Day of Mourning for Miners.
Jon Heaser discusses the importance of safety in the mining industry.
2nd Annual Golf Fore a Cure

On May 13 the Florida Mine Safety Program took part in the 2nd Annual Golf Fore a Cure to benefit in Lakeland, Florida. This local event is put on by mining contractors that raised $26,000 for the foundation. We are proud to give our time to such a worthy cause and give back to our community. 
 Advisory Board Spotlight
This month our advisory board spotlight goes to Kimberly Harrison, safety chairman at BASF Quincy Operations. Kimberly earned her bachelor of arts degree from Valdosta State University and has been with BASF Quincy Operations for the last eight years. Her main objective is to keep employees safe by maintaining a safe working environment and instilling a strong safety mindset among the employees. 

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
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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