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MSHA News Release No. 2001-0303
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere/Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Friday, March 3, 2001

Stone, Sand and Gravel Mine Operators Get Free Safety Training Workshops
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is offering free workshops to surface stone, sand and gravel mine operators around the country to help them meet safety training requirements that became effective last year. Nearly 100 workshops will be held in 37 states and Puerto Rico.

   "The goal is to prevent miners from becoming victims of accidents or health hazards," said Robert Elam, acting assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

   "Every mine is different," said Elam. "These hands-on workshops will help mine operators set up safety training plans to suit their operation's specific needs."

   A list of the sessions is attached . Each session begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. (File no longer available as workshops have already been held)

   All mine operators are required to have an approved safety and health training plan. The "Part 46" training rules, which cover safety and health training for approximately 120,000 miners at more than 10,000 sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, shell dredging and limestone operations, took effect last October.