State of Texas Program Summary 

Mrs. Karina Delany, Program Manager

Health and Safety Training Center
10100 Burnet Road, Building 33, Room 1.102
Mail Stop: E2000
Austin, TX  78758
(512) 232-1952 Office
(512) 232-2242 Fax
:  http://healthsafetytraining.utexas.edu/

The Health and Safety Training Center (HSTC), as part of the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Texas Engineering Executive Education division at the University of Texas at Austin, is responsible for providing safety and health training, and a variety of other services, in order to improve the conditions of industrial safety and health within the state of Texas.  HSTC seeks not only to provide training required by law but also to develop and promote other health and safety programs for the benefit of Texas miners and contractors working in the mining industry within the state of Texas.  HSTC diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Metal and Nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained.  We work very closely with MSHA’s South Central District to reduce mining accidents, educate the mining community, support local Joseph A. Holmes Safety councils, and support the South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Association Conference.

HSTC offers both public and on-site training courses. Public courses are typically conducted in our training facilities, located in Austin and/or Houston.  On-Site training courses are provided per the company’s, or the contractor’s, request following their training plan.  In addition, companies and mining operators that need updating or development of a training plan can find help from our experienced staff.

Because Spanish is the primary and sometimes the only language of many miners employed within Texas, a considerable portion of our training materials and significant training is provided in Spanish to meet their needs.

The following are some of HSTC’s services that are available to the mining industries:

  • Provide training on topics required under 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48, primarily Annual Refresher and New Miner Training;
  • Develop, maintain and provide training on timely or specifically requested safety and health topics (e.g. Back Injury Prevention, Battery Handling Safety, Tire and Rim Safety and other misc. accident prevention and health topics);
  • Operate and maintain a lending library of mining related safety and health training videos, DVDs and USBs;
  • Conduct the Approved MSHA Instructor Training course as required by 30 CFR Part 48;
  • Conduct basic First Aid /CPR/AED training to meet the requirements of 30 CFR Part 56 (56.18010) as well as Parts 46 and 48;
  • Provide HazCom training and consultation services to assist organizations in meeting the requirements of 30 CFR Part 47;
  • Provide Occupational Noise Exposure training and consultation services to assist organizations in meeting the requirements of 30 CFR Part 62;
  • Operate and maintain an equipment loan program for noise dosimeters and other related equipment to assist organizations to conduct noise exposure assessments as required under 30 CFR Part 62 (62.110);
  • Provide mine inspection, audit services as part of the Compliance Assistance Visits program to assist mining organizations comply with the provisions of 30 CFR Mandatory Health and Safety standards for surface and underground metal/nonmetal and coal mines, Parts 56, 57, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, and 77; and
  • Develop and conduct a variety of supervisory training courses to enhance the safety and health culture within mining organizations and to assist individual mine supervisors in improving their supervisory skills including an appreciation of their personal responsibilities for their employees' health and safety. Subjects include topics such as Safety & the Supervisor, Managing and Supervising People, Building Personal Leadership Skills, Business Communications Skills and Business Writing.

HSTC also encourages all mine operators and mining contractors to join and participate in the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and to participate in the activities and programs of at least one of five active District Councils within Texas and to participate in the association's national safety and health recognitions and scholarship programs. In order to further reinforce their organizational safety cultures and continue to develop strong, positive attitudes towards safety and health, all members of the mining community are also encouraged to attend and participate in the annual MSHA South Central District Conference.

The HSTC program website is: www.healthsafetytraining.utexas.edu. This website has information on available training, the Texas Small Mine Resource Library, the Texas Small Mines Mentoring Program, and the Noise Dosimeter Lending Program. Participants can also visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HSTC for the latest information on the mining community.

For more information, please call Mrs. Karina Delany, HSTC Program Manager at the University of Texas – Texas Engineering Executive Education (TxEEE)
Direct: (512) 232-2240
Fax: (512) 232-2242
email: k.delany@utexas.edu  
Web Site: http://www.healthsafetytraining.utexas.edu