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FPSI mine safety program awarded U.S. Department of Labor grant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 1, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute has been awarded a $60,773 United States Department of Labor grant for the Florida Mine Safety and Health Training (FMSH) Program.

The primary goal of the FMSH Program is to have a positive impact on the awareness of safety and occupational health hazards in Florida mining environments and, through training, to help make them safer and healthier workplaces for miners and contractors. 

FMSH will conduct effective mine health and safety training classes in order to eliminate fatal injuries and reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents. All miners and contractors of any size can benefit from consultative assistance in training plan development, new and updated training materials, specialized training, and information provided by the FMSH Program. Special emphasis and a reduced tuition rate for training will be granted to mines with five or fewer employees. 

“We are very proud that Florida’s incident rate continues to be below the national rate, and among the lowest in the United States, due in no small part to the effective training of its mining workforce provided by FMSH,” said Ben Hart, coordinator of the Florida Mine Safety Training Program. 

For more information on the grant or FMSH Program, please contact Ben Hart at (850) 201-7009 or at 
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