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SME is the world’s largest mining-related professional society with approximately 15,000 members in nearly 100 countries. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange. And, for health and safety professionals, SME provides the global resources for mine safety and health information, professional development, networking and advocacy.

That’s why joining the Health and Safety Division of SME will provide the tools you need to excel in your career while advancing mine safety:

  • Enhanced professional development through conferences, webinars and short courses

  • Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) Credentials

  • Networking and collaboration with industry professionals and peer professional societies around the world

This is now your opportunity to contribute to industry wide mine safety forums focused on the advancement of the best health and safety practices in the world. Join the Health and Safety Division and help prepare for the unexpected.

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ABOUT THE HEALTH & SAFETY DIVISION

Safety has been and always will be very important at SME. SME believes in protecting the most valuable asset to come out of any mine ~ the Miner. We value the commitment to mining safety and we are prepared to lead the future in mine safety worldwide under the direction of the Health & Safety Division.

As a Health & Safety member, you too play a very important role. Your contribution to these objectives spread the message of mine safety. As illustrated through our safety share initiative, safety share provides mining professionals an important reminder to work safe. Safety shares can come in the form of a story or lesson learned, with the purpose to share safety awareness across the industry through a library of valuable safety-related moments. 

SME Annual Conference & Expo 2017

Register for the SME Annual Conference & Expo to attend these great technical sessions.


  • Applying Big Data to Health & Safety

  • Collision Avoidance Technologies: Challenges and Applications for Surface and Underground Operations

  • Developing Mine Workers Health & Safety Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Improving Your HSMS: Best Practices, Metrics and Lessons Learned

  • Innovative Health & Safety Technology Applications

  • International Perspective on Mine Safety and Health

  • Metric-Driven Approaches to Implementing Health & Safety Interventions: A series of case studies

  • Monitoring, Interpreting and Reacting to Health & Safety Hazards

  • Open Forum for the Future of the Nation’s Mining Safety and Health Research Agenda

  • Regulations and Compliance

  • Technology, Development, Adaptation and Integration to Address Health & Safety Challenges

  • Industrial Mineral & Aggregate Health & Safety

The objectives of the Health and Safety Division are to:

  • Enhance professional development of health and safety professional in the mining industry.

  • Build capacity across all mining sectors for the improvement of health and safety.

  • Promote health and safety as a profession within the mining industry and to increase and support student interest in health and safety.

  • Collaborate with other professional societies.

  • To create a forum for exchanging technical information, publish technical papers and organize technical meetings and programming for the advancement of the best health and safety practices.

Download the Health & Safety Division Bylaws

Name Position Start End
Rogers, William Secretary 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Brune, Jurgen Program Chair 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Gleason, William SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Lutz, Eric Past Chair 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Hethmon, Thomas Chair 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Saperstein, Lee NORA Representative 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Guasta, Lori Chair Elect 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Moore, Susan Program Planner 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Routledge, Michael AT_LARGE Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Name Position Start End
Gleason, William SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Savit, Mark Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Name Position Start End
Gleason, William SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Hethmon, Thomas Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Savit, Josh Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Name Position Start End
Gleason, William SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Lutz, Eric Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Name Position Start End
Gleason, William SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Seiter, Jake Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017
Lashgari, Ali Member 03/01/2016 02/28/2017

HEALTH & SAFETY DIVISION COMMITTEES

The SME Health and Safety Division includes a number of committees including the executive committee, nominating and awards committee, the recruitment and outreach committee and will soon form a certification board committee. The executive committee guides the division while the nominating and awards and outreach committees are more focused in their efforts. The certification board committee will manage the Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) and Mine Safety Professional (MSP) programs.

ABOUT THE COMMITTEES

RESOURCES

DOWNLOAD RESOURCES

SME prides itself on providing the valuable resources needed to make a positive impact on the mining industry. As part of that, specific health and safety topics are available for download through whitepapers, webinars and the National Mining Association CORESafety program. All Webinars are approximately one hour in duration and price may vary depending on the hosting committee. Standard cost is $45 for members and $90 for nonmembers.

A safety share is when one or more individuals voluntarily provide everyone a reminder to work safe and to keep safety in the forefront of their minds. Safety shares often come in the form of a story or a lesson learned. The intent is to maximize the function of sharing widely across the industry and to build a library of valuable safety-related moments from which others could benefit. These can be anything that will help others be safe at work, home or anyplace else.

EVERY MEETING. EVERY SHIFT. EVERYDAY.

SAFETY SHARES

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Topic Safety Share Provided by
Drill Safety To focus industry attention on safe drilling practices and the importance of well-maintained equipment, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a drill entanglement safety alert to the mining community on Aug. 10, 2016. Mine drill operators often work alone and, at times, in locations away and removed from other miners, which adds to the job’s risks. MSHA urges drillers to consider the following before beginning drill operations:
  • Examine the drill and surrounding work area.
  • Eliminate all tripping hazards.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting or bulky clothing when working around drilling machinery.
  • Avoid using objects that could entangle in – and be thrown by – moving or rotating parts.
  • Stay clear of augers and drill stems in motion.
  • Never manually thread the drill steel while the drill head rotates.
  • Drill from a position with good footing and access to the controls.
  • Assure that machine controls and safety devices such as emergency shutdowns operate effectively.
  • Never nullify or bypass machine control safety equipment.
  • Place emergency shutdown devices – such as panic bars, slap bars, rope switches, two-handed controls – in easily accessible locations.
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

 

LATEST SME SAFETY SHARE

The Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) was created by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP) to cover knowledge areas that are important to the unique conditions of mining.

The CMSP designation is now recognized as the preeminent professional designation in the mine safety and health field. In early 2017, SME acquired the CMSP and the Mine Safety Professional (MSP) designation from ISMSP and will manage both programs through its Health and Safety Division. The CMSP designation indicates that the CMSP holder has command of a body of knowledge and the experience demonstrated through rigorous testing.

SME is expecting to be able to offer a CMSP Review Course and test in March 2018.

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TO YOUR NEW RESOURCE FOR EVERYTHING HEALTH & SAFETY

Wondering what is happening with your CMSP certification or do you just want to know what’s next for the CMSP? Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

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