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MSHA announces $1 million in mine safety grants

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the availability of $1 million in safety and health training grants. The announcement on August 3, 2011 advised that grant funds are tobe allocated towards the development and implementation of training and training procedures that would help to "identify, avoid, and prevent" hazardous working conditions in underground mines.

The grants are available through the Brookwood-Sago grant program. This program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006. In the coming fiscal year, funding will target plans to develop and implement training techniques and materials in order to further prepare mine workers for emergency preparedness and prevention.

"Training is the key to proper and safe emergency response," Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA, said in a recent statement. "These funds will enable miners and mine emergency responders to receive the necessary training that may one day save lives if a mine emergency occurs."

As many as 20 grants may be awarded for a 12-month performance period to either states or nonprofit entities, each grant will be at least $50,000, with a maximum award of $250,000. In addition, a new program structure allows applicants to apply for a renewal grant.

MSHA requires that suitable safety products be worn while working in mines, including protective footwear, safety glasses, work gloves, and hard hats

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