September 13, 2017 8:30 AM – 4 PM

Each September Mine Safety Instructors from Penn State University’s Miner Training Program, safety and health specialists from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), legal and industry safety professionals conduct a one-day professional development workshop for mine supervisors, competent persons,  and safety professionals. Lunch is provided.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance safety at your operation through education and training in timely topics, such as:

  • Mine Hazard Training with Degraded Images
  • MSHA Workplace Exam Proposed Rule
  • MSHA Fatality/Injury Review
  • Tips and Resources for Mine Safety Instructors
  • MSHA Overview
  • Mine Safety Management Principles
  • Q & A and discussion on other timely mine safety issues

Click HERE to Register for this FREE Seminar! See you there.

TRAM Presentation

Oct 14, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-8-29-33-pmOne of the great benefits of attending TRAM is that MSHA distributes DVD’s with all presentations on them. The bad thing is these take some time to prepare, create, and mail. People in my presentation expressed an interest in having some of the material available ASAP, so here it is. It’s common for TRAM to provide the type of energy that make you want to start putting the ideas to work as soon as you get home.

Here’s the link to my presentation. If you have any problems accessing it please let me know.

I’m at TRAM this week picking up materials and ideas for training with other great safety professionals. If you’re there too look me up and say hi. 

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pennstateminerThe Penn State Miner Training Program, in cooperation with government and industry sponsors, is hosting a seminar and a series of professional development workshops on January 20th and 21st, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center—Lehigh Valley. The objective of the seminar and the workshops is to enhance the safety management skills of supervisors.

View the flyer here. (pdf)

LOCKED_DOORThe premier conference for mine safety trainers from all over the country has been cancelled because of the Federal shutdown. It’s sad that this unmatched opportunity for the best trainers and safety professionals we have in the mining industry to share ideas and information will be missed at a critical time for the safety of our country’s miners. I received the following message today: (Randy)

All activities at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy,including the TRAM Conference, have been canceled.  We anticipate returning to our schedule after the government returns to normal operations.”

Registration is now open for the 2012 PACA-MSHA Metal/NonMetal Spring Thaw in State College, PA.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
8:00 am-4:30 pm
Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA

Sponsored by:

Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Pennsylvania Mining Professionals

Cost to attend is $10 per person which includes lunch and meeting related expenses.

EARN 6 PDH Credit Hours by attending this event!

Click here for: More information and Registration (web).

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March 20 and 21, 2012 – Pittsburgh, PA

The theme of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Personal Protective Technology Program’s 2012 Stakeholder Meeting and Workshop is: Personal Protective Equipment Selection, Use, and Expectations.

The objective of the PPT Stakeholder Meeting is to disseminate up-to-date information about PPE and the NIOSH PPT Program to stakeholders through breakout sessions, workshops, posters, and presentations. In addition, the PPT Program wants to obtain stakeholder input and feedback on NIOSH PPT program activities and actions to enhance worker safety and health by closing PPE research, standard, and certification gaps.

Click here for: More information and Registration (web).

January 18, 2012 Allentown, PA

January 19, 2012 Center Valley, PA

Supervisors, trainers, and safety professionals mark your calendars now, and plan to attend the 16thProfessional Development Mine Safety Seminar for Supervisors. This well-known seminar and workshop will be held in Allentown, PA at the Holiday Inn Conference Center—Lehigh Valley, and Eastern Industries, Inc., Center Valley, PA. Organized by the Penn State Miner Training Program, MSHA, PA Bureau of Mine Safety, and industry, the program is tailored for professional development of supervisors who are interested in learning about regulatory issues, practical approaches, tools, and technology, to enhance safety at their operation.

This year’s seminar and workshop program covers a variety of topics including the Chilean mine rescue, trends in mine safety enforcementworker rights, compliance strategies, safety motivation, fall protection during equipment maintenance, fall rescue procedures, fire extinguisher training, tire safety and oxy-fuel/welding safety.

For a brochure and registration information, please visit the seminar website.

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The North Carolina Aggregates Association (NCAA) and the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) are partnering together to offer a two day North Carolina Mine Safety and Health Conference. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, March 29 – 30, 2012. A link to the Registration form is on the Events Page. Click on the tab above. Registration must be made by February 28, 2012.

If you have any questions email me and I can hook you up with organizers there.

There’s still time to register for the upcoming North Carolina Mine Safety and Health Seminars. You can fax your registration up until Friday the 27th. Then enjoy your long weekend and enjoy a day of improving your safety and health program with the start of Summer. It’s only $25 to attend and that includes lunch and break refreshments. Click on the EVENTS tab above for links to agendas and registration forms for either Raleigh or Morganton.