The Educational Field Services (EFS) was created in 1998 in response to requests in the mining industry for individualized assistance in developing their health and safety programs. EFS staff are located in 24 states and travel extensively to mines and training centers to provide assistance in customizing individual mine�s health and safety programs. The types of assistance that are available include:
Providing regulatory assistance Conducting training program analysis Approving Part 46 training plans Providing concentrated assistance to mines with greater need; at these mines EFS implements programs such as Training Makes a Difference and Job Task Analysis Providing training to miners, managers, and other stakeholders Monitoring and assisting industry instructors to develop and improve their skills Participating in accident investigations and providing expertise on safety and training issues surrounding the accident to determine root causes Forming partnerships with associations and other entities to increase focus on safety and health issues in the industry Assisting with the development and growth of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association, and Providing information at public forums such as health and safety conferences and outreach programs
EFS works closely with MSHA District enforcement offices to identify industry needs and provide assistance to mines with safety and health issues. The assistance provided by EFS ranges from national accident reduction programs to a mine specific comprehensive analysis such as Training Makes a Difference (TMD). These programs help mine operators develop or revise training, safety and health programs to address the conditions and hazards specific to their mines. Additionally, EFS provides assistance with developing training plans; instructor training (train-the-trainer); instructor monitoring and approval; Job Task Analysis (JTA); and training demonstrations using Mobile Safety Training Units.
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