Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (202) 693-9423
Released Tuesday, March 18, 2003
MSHA Awards Alaska Grant for Training and Education
ARLINGTON, Va.- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded the state of Alaska a grant totaling $42,974 for training, education and other mine safety and health activities. Alaska has approximately 268 active mines and 6,959 miners.
The amount is part of an overall grant of nearly $7.8 million being made this year to 48 states and the Navajo Nation.
"Education and training is one of the primary tools available to help us achieve the healthiest and safest mines possible," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "In fact, it's one of the key elements - along with enforcement and technical assistance - that make up MSHA's Triangle of Success. It's these three tools that the law provides for us to influence safety and health in the mining industry.
"This grant will enable the state of Alaska to work toward a goal that we all share - ensuring that every miner returns home safely at the end of every working shift," Lauriski added.
States participating in the grant program provide a variety of instruction - from entry-level training for those who are starting in the mining industry to annual refresher classes and instructor courses for those who will be training other miners. Many of those courses meet the requirements under federal training standards. Other training covers responding to medical emergencies at remote mining sites, noise abatement, mine rescue, water hazards rescue and certifications for various jobs ranging from electrician to hoisting engineer.
Mining operations in Alaska interested in participating in training sessions should contact Mr. Dennis Steffy, director of Mining and Petroleum Training Services at the University of Alaska at (907) 262-2788.