Emily Rice Published

Labor Department Announces MSHA Grants For Mine Health And Safety Education

A young Black mine worker is inspecting a large haul dump truck wearing his personal protective wear, a bright neon green vest and white hard hat.
The program that provides miners with safety and health training is eligible for more than $10 million in grants.
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The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is providing $10.5 million in grant funding for mine safety training across the nation.

Grants to the State Grants program will fund the delivery of federally mandated training and re-training for miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines.

“The State Grants program is one way that MSHA can focus on protecting the health and safety of miners across the country,” Chris Williamson, assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, said. “That training needs to include educating miners about the hazards associated with silica and how they can exercise their rights to minimize their risks.”

The recipient is required to provide at least 20 percent of the total program costs, while MSHA may fund up to 80 percent of the program costs under a state grant.

Grant applications must be submitted by Aug. 20, 2024, and grants will be awarded on or before Sept. 30, 2024.

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