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In 1916, The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association was formed by twenty-four leading national organizations. It was named after Dr. Joseph A. Holmes, a mining safety pioneer and the first director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

In the 1920's the Association began to organize local chapters throughout the U.S., and named the new national organization the Holmes Safety Association.
Organization and Activities
The Holmes Safety Association consists of a national council, state councils, district councils, and local chapters. The chapters are made up of Holmes members at a single organization, for instance a mine or a supply company.

Objectives. The Association's objectives are to prevent fatalities and injuries and to improve health and safety among officials and employees in all phases of mining. These objectives guide and inspire all of the Association's activities.

Growing Membership. All levels of the Association are strengthened by active participation from labor, government, mining companies, and suppliers. In recent years, the association has grown substantially, and has embraced the surface and non-coal mining sectors in addition to its traditional underground coal membership.

Awards. Awards are an important part of the Association's safety leadership. These are given to individuals who have performed heroic acts and to mines with outstanding safety records.

Scholarships. The Association's scholarship program encourages new generations to enter the mining safety and health profession. A financial award is given to deserving candidates (with preference given to miners or their children) to help defray their educational costs in a field related to mining health and safety.

Meetings. Many of the councils and chapters have regular meetings to help their membership with safety issues. These meetings culminate in the annual meeting of the national council held every summer.

Questions and Answers
Q: How can I join the Holmes Safety Association? What does it cost?

A: Membership is free. You can join. the Holmes Safety Association by simply completing and returning the attached form. You'll then receive additional membership information, including how to form a chapter at your organization.

Q: What specific benefits do I get by becoming a member?

A: As a member, you will receive the Holmes Safety Association Bulletin containing information and articles that will aid you in your monthly safety meetings. In addition, you will be able to interface with other safety-conscious people from other chapters at the district council meetings in your area. They can give you new ideas for improving safety and lowering compensation costs.

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