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Spring Thaw Training Workshops


Each spring, the mining industry hosts cooperative safety and health training workshops around the nation to:

•  increase awareness and recognition of mining hazards.
•  improve hazard correction.
•  encourage safe work practices.

At these events, safety professionals from mining and equipment companies, associations, and the
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) share information on a range of mining hazards. While
MSHA does not sponsor these events, we encourage miners to take advantage of those offered in your
area, in-person or virtual.

Mining accidents tend to increase as winter begins to wane and many intermittently- operated mining
operations resume production, often with new or inexperienced employees who are not as intently
focused on the hazards of mining as they should be.

These seminars are not MSHA-sponsored.

Spring Thaw Workshop Training
Dates District Field Office Location Place or Virtual Sponsor & Contact Website
January 27 Duluth N/A Minnesota Virtual - Zoom Minnesota Mine Safety Assoc.,  Amy Sandelin, Program Director,  Meeting information on MMSA website https://www.minnesotaminesafety.org/
March 1-5 Warrendale Hebron Ohio (all participants welcome, from any state) Virtual Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Assoc.            (614) 428-7954 OAIMA Safety Week Webinars
March 2 (Tentative) Vacaville Kent Washington Virtual Washington Aggregates & Concrete Assoc. (WACA), Mary Stewart, Member Svcs Director, (206) 878-1622 Washington Concrete
March 18 Vacaville Vacaville & San Bernardino California (participants welcome from any organization and anywhere) Virtual California Construction & Industrial Assoc. (CALCIMA); Courtney Orozco, (916) 554-1000, Ext. 104 CalCIMA Spring Thaw
March 25 Denver West Jordan Utah - Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City  In-person.  (No virtual connection) Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Utah       slagc@agc-utah.org; (801) 363-2753 https://www.agc-utah.org/ 
April 7 Vacaville Albany Oregon Virtual Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Assoc. (OCAPA); Tayleranne Gillespie, (503) 588-2430 https://www.ocapa.net/