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Educational Policy and Development

The Directorate of Educational Policy and Development (EPD) plans, monitors, and evaluates MSHA’s education and training programs, which promote safety and health in the Nation's mining industry. The Directorate provides entry-level and journeyman training for MSHA’s enforcement staff, provides guidance on training programs and training activities to ensure consistency with existing Agency policy, and reviews all training materials developed in support of these activities. EPD also coordinates training programs with other Federal and State Agencies, mining companies, educational institutions, and labor organizations. The Directorate formulates and interprets MSHA training regulations and policy under 30 CFR Part 46 and 30 CFR Part 48.

The Directorate includes the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, WV, which designs, develops and conducts instructional programs to help reduce accidents and health hazards in the mining industry. EPD also includes Educational Field and Small Mine Services, with staff in 35 states providing assistance in the development or improvement of the health and safety programs of mine operators and contractors in the mining community.

Other responsibilities include administration of the State Grants Program, which distributes funds to state agencies to supplement their mining health and safety programs as well as administration of other competitive grants (Brookwood-Sago Grants Program) targeting studies in mine health and safety. EPD’s Qualifications and Certification unit evaluates qualifications and issues certifications for instructors and miners. The Directorate is a major sponsor of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association.

Educational Policy and Development is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

Key Contacts

Contact Email Phone
Jeffrey Duncan
Office of the Director
Duncan.Jeffrey@dol.gov (202) 693-9570
Krystle Mitchell
Deputy Director
Mitchell.Krystle.A@dol.gov (202) 693-9575
Cindy Hennigan
Management Officer 
Hennigan.Cindy@dol.gov (202) 693-9581
Kevin Burns
Chief of Policy
Burns.Kevin@dol.gov (202) 693-9594
Michael Faughnan
Superintendent National Mine Health and Safety Academy
Faughnan.Michael@dol.gov (304) 256-3241
Kevin Deel
Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) Manager
Deel.Kevin@dol.gov (202) 693-9585
Kerbi Jacobson
Qualification & Certification
Jacobson.Kerbi@dol.gov (303) 231-5473