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Msha Offers Mine Safety Grants


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold a competition for $500,000 in safety and health training grants to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines

The U.S. Department of Laborís Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold a competition for $500,000 in safety and health training grants to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. This grant opportunity covers all underground mines.

Established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, the Brookwood-Sago grant program this year will target development and implementation of training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and mine emergency prevention in underground mines.

ìThis grant competition is an important piece of the agencyís commitment to mine safety,î said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. ìThe training provided by these grants will aid workers in identifying, avoiding and preventing unsafe working conditions in and around all mines, and will help ensure that miners can go home to their families at the end of every shift.î

As many as 10 grants may be awarded for a 12-month project performance period; applicants must be states or nonprofit entities. The amount of each individual grant will be at least $50,000.

The competition will close Aug. 18. MSHA will award grants on or before Sept. 30. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the government-wide site at www.grants.gov.