TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 8, 2012) - Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in support of the Florida Public Safety Institute's (FPSI) Florida Mine Safety and Health Training Program.
The grant award, totaling $171,509, will enable FPSI to support a strategic goal of DOL: ensuring workplaces are safe and healthy.
“The Florida Mine Safety and Health Training Program Grant will ensure miners and mining contractors in our State are provided critical training to protect themselves and those they work with on a daily basis,” said Kim Allen, Director of Continuing Education at FPSI. “These types of programs save lives and allow individuals to go home at the end of the day to their families.
“FPSI is pleased to be a part of this effort.”
The primary goal of the mine safety program is to increase awareness of safety and occupational health hazards in Florida's mining environments and make the mines safe and healthy workplaces for miners and contractors alike.
In 2012, the mine safety program will target mines with 20 or fewer employees, with a special emphasis on those with five or fewer employees. According to Allen, the latter will receive their training free of charge.
The program will focus on the following topics: statutory rights of miners, emergency evacuation preparedness, industry-related occupational illnesses/diseases, developing well-trained and knowledgeable mine instructors, developing health and safety training materials, and maintaining an ongoing business relationship with the Florida mining community.
The program will also help Florida mine operators and contractors fulfill a requirement of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act to provide mine health and safety training for their employees.
Led by Program Coordinator W. Ben Hart, CMSP, who has directed the Program since 1988, and Karen M. Miller, CMSP, who has been an MSHA-approved instructor since 1996, FPSI expects to train approximately 500 - 750 miners during the Grant year, which ends September 30th, in the following MSHA courses: New Miner, Annual Refresher, First Aid/CPR Refresher, Instructor Institute and specialized training as requested by mines and contractors.
For more information on FPSI's Mine Safety Program, please contact W. Ben Hart at (850) 201-7009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.