October 2017
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find the new preview video for Florida's Inaugural Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, information on the upcoming Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, a list of upcoming courses, our advisory board spotlight on Grace Holden of Komatsu Mining Corp., an overview of the August and September Safety Law Newsletters and more.


Coming in 2018!

Are you up for a mine rescue challenge?
Then get ready for the Florida Mine Safety Program's (FMSP) Inaugural Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition on Feb. 26 - March 1, 2018! The upcoming event will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Tallahassee, Florida. It will provide valuable opportunities for Emergency Response Teams to test and hone their skills across a wide range of realistic emergency response scenarios.
The event will not only include competition, but also training and fun-filled activities for miners' family members who attend! Check out the preview video below to learn more about the event.

Competition Preview Video
Competition Preview Video

Stay tuned for competition details on our website's newly added competition page! Here you'll be able to read up on the daily competition agenda, sign up to compete or exhibit and more. This page will be the home of all competition information, so bookmark it and return often! You can also contact Karen Miller at (850) 201-7689 or millerka@tcc.fl.edu to get involved.

We'd also like to extend a special thanks to Gary Mitchell of Thunder Bay Productions for producing our competition preview video. His company has produced our FMSP videos for some time. Some of his work with us includes our award-winning mining safety video,  "Confined Spaces in Mining-Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans." Below is a little more information on Gary!

Gary is the president and owner of Thunder Bay Productions, with corporate offices in Atlanta, GA. He serves as a script writer, videographer, editor and voiceover narrator. Areas of specialization at Thunder Bay Productions include surface mining, cement production, concrete products manufacturing and delivery and construction industry performance. Both MSHA and OSHA regulations are the primary guiding forces in the company's safety video training programs. The company takes regulations a step further by getting workers to assist with being an integral part of the video programs.

Prior to starting Thunder Bay Productions, Gary spent 10 years as a television news reporter and anchor working for WWL TV in New Orleans, LA, WALA TV in Mobile, AL and WCTV TV in Tallahassee, FL. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

Thunder Bay Productions is now entering its 25th year of safety video production, with clients including both domestic U.S. corporations and international companies from around the globe. The goal at Thunder Bay Productions is "to save lives and protect workers in hazardous working conditions. To respect these workers and communicate in their language and bring them back to their families safe and sound." Gary attributes his skills and inspiration to his father, Bo Mitchell, who taught him that "the broadcast industry is a calling in which you seek to serve your fellow man."
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.

Upcoming Event: Southeast Mine Safety
and Health Conference

Register today for the 12th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference! The conference will take place Nov. 1-3 in Birmingham, AL, with a pre-conference workshop on Oct. 31. Strengthen safety and health core values at the conference by participating in the Kid's Chance Charity Dinner Auction, Golf Outing, door prizes, exhibits, awards and more.

Upcoming Event: Tallahassee SAFE Charter Meeting

Tallahassee SAFE charter meetings are open to the public and are hosted by people passionate about safety, dedicated to sharing their ideas and experience, mentoring members and fostering relationships with OSHA and educational partners to improve workplace safety. SAFE charter meetings are held on the second Friday of every month. However, due to Veterans Day in November, the next meeting takes place on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The presentation topic will be "Creating a World Class Safety Program, Protecting Employees from Injury and Illness and Dealing with a Changing and Inconsistent OSHA Enforcement Program" by James Stanley, President, FDR Safety.

October Events Recap

In October, we've had several events promoting mining safety and health! Click each event for more information. We'd love to see any photos you've taken a t these and any mine safety events. For a chance to be featured in this section of our e-newsletter, m ake sure to tag any photos you've uploaded with #FlaMineSafety or email them to us directly at  info@flminesafety.com .

OCTOBER 10-12, 2017

(left-to-right) MSHA's Janice Oates and Jeffrey Duncan with FMSP's Karen Miller and Juanita Ross-Dilworth

Miller with Grace Holden, Komatsu Mining Corp. (left), and Michael Dilworth (right)

Find more TRAM pictures in our  gallery.

OCTOBER 11, 2017

OCTOBER 11-12, 2017

OCTOBER 13, 2017
Upcoming Courses

Nov. 14-16, 2017  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.- Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333), Classroom TBA

Nov. 14-16, 2017, Time TBA - CEMEX Gator Mine (114 Old Dean Still Road, Davenport, FL  33897), with instructors William Gerringer and Nicholas Scala
Advisory Board Spotlight

Grace Holden, MBA, CHST Grace is a Senior Safety Specialist for Komatsu Mining Corp. and graduated from Warner University with a Masters' in Business Administration. Grace has four BCSP Safety Certifications including SMS (Safety Management Specialist), CET, CHST and STSC. She has over 30 years' experience in mining, 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48, with 28 years in phosphate and 3 in the coal industry.

Grace enjoys training and mentoring employees as an MSHA and OSHA 501 (General Industry) Trainer and is currently an adjunct professor at Polk State Corporate College. She is a member of the Central Florida Joseph A. Holmes Society and is very active in community fundraising.

Grace's safety responsibilities for Komatsu cover the SE Region (TX, FL, AL).

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 previous SE District Stakeholder Meetings.

Safety Alert: MNM Fatalgram

On Sept. 5, 2017, a 20-year old plant operator with 23 weeks of experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel mine. The victim was performing maintenance on a belt conveyor when he became entangled in the tail pulley. To learn more about the Fatalgram on our website, click here.

Safety Law Newsletters

August   - August's Safety Law Newsletter covers the following topics: the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the FY 2018 appropriations package, which includes funding for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); the U.S. District Court considers the Department of Justice's motion to dismiss President Trump's "two-for-one" Executive Order (E.O. 13771); OSHA launched the injury and illness (I/I) data submission platform certain employers will need to use; and how to identify the Competent Person under the OSHA silica rule for the Construction Industry.

September - September's Safety Law Newsletter covers the following topics: Adele L. Abrams wins the Distinguished Service to Safety Award; OSHA will provide guidance and assistance for the first 30 days of enforcement to ensure compliance to its crystalline silica rule; the beryllium final rule for shipyards and construction reduces OSHA's beryllium exposure limits; President Trump appoints David G. Zatezalo as the assistant secretary of labor for MSHA; and OSHA extends the deadline to Nov. 10, 2018, for compliance with the crane operator certification and competency requirements. 
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 by 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 info@flminesafety.com and we will post it in our LinkedIn group, newsletter and website.

Safety Alliance for Excellence
The Safety Alliance has a member who is a national electrical contractor. They are currently looking to fill a Site Safety Managers position, who has some electrical experience, in the Tallahassee area. If you know someone who is currently looking for employment in the field of safety, please forward their resume directly to David Wessin,  dwessin@safetyalliance.org

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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