From March 29 – 31, Assistant Secretary Joe Main and dozens of MSHA participants helped make the 34th Annual South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference another successful forum for mine safety. Assistant Secretary Main helped kick off the event, speaking about actions leading to improved mine site compliance, historic low levels of respirable coal dust and silica, and record low numbers of mining deaths. Approximately 600 attendees were treated to dozens of sessions helping promote best practices and a partnership between government and the mining community. MSHA speakers were prominent throughout the three day conference hitting on such issues as Continuous Personal Dust Monitors, workplace examinations, noise sampling, commodity-focused discussions, etc.
The South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference was established in 1983 as a partnership between MSHA, State mine safety and health educational institutions and agencies, and the mining industry. It was the first regional industry/MSHA partnership mine health and safety conference in the US.