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State of New Mexico Program Summary

Dr. Cleve McDaniel, Vice President
Administration and Finance
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Mr. Chris Hefner, New Mexico State Mine Inspector​​
New Mexico Bureau of Mine Safety
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM  87801

One of the objectives of the New Mexico Bureau of Mine safety is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for miners in New Mexico by reducing injury and illness in the mining industry.  

To accomplish this, the Bureau of Mine Safety, located on the campus of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, coordinates the safety and health training programs for miners and contract workers at mining operations throughout the state.  The program conducts certification exams for coal mine officials and education and training for miners under both Part 46 and Part 48 as well as first-aid, train the trainer, workshops, and mine rescue across the state.   

The program supports mine rescue in both the coal fields of NW New Mexico and the potash basin in SE New Mexico and is actively involved with the Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Association.  The Bureau of Mine Safety also supports New Mexico mine rescue by housing supplemental equipment, including IWT wireless mine rescue communication equipment.

Mine Health and safety classes are conducted in:

  • 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48 Annual Refresher Training
  • 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48 New Miner Training
  • 30 CFR Part 49 Mine Rescue Training
  • Certification for surface coal mine foremen and underground coal mine examiners and foremen
  • MSHA approved cooperative instructor training 
  • First Aid Training meeting the requirements of 30 CFR 56/57.18010
  • NSC First Aid and CPR

For more information contact Mr. Chris Hefner or Deborah McVey at 575-835-5460 or email: Debora.McVey@nmt.edu.