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NOVEMBER 11, 2022

HSTC Experiences Big Year of Varied Accomplishments

The Health and Safety Training Center (HSTC) at the University of Texas at Austin is at the forefront of providing the mining industry, both in Texas and nationally, with world-class safety education and training.

The recipient of the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) grant for the State of Texas since 1987, HSTC’s MSHA Grant for Texas was renewed this fall. The grant awarded to Texas is the largest per state in the U.S. and is intended to help provide safety compliance training to the Texas mining industry.

In utilizing the grant, HSTC supports organizations such as the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association on the state and national level, provides routine training to mining personnel across Texas and participates in the South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference.

The past year has been a very busy time for HSTC. In addition to the required trainings implemented, HSTC officially released in October 2022 an educational documentary about the mining industry titled “We Are Miners.”, in collaboration with Castleview Productions.  The documentary focuses on the global benefits of mining, opportunities within the industry, adherence to safety protocols, technological advancements that have evolved and how vital supporting this industry is to our collective future.

The documentary received the Blue Ribbon Award from the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) and will be showcased across mining conferences nationally to educate and enlighten individuals on the impact of the mining industry. Since being released, the documentary has had 7,500 views on YouTube and has been shared across the industry. HSTC has now received the Blue Ribbon Award twice, accompanying their previous 2019 award for their First Aid for the Mining Industry Video.

Blue Ribbon Award for We are Miners documentary Brittanie Phillips accepting
Brittanie Phillips accepts the Blue Ribbon Award from the Mining Safety and Health Administration on behalf of HSTC.

HSTC continues to provide the mining industry locally and nationally with top-tier learning opportunities and resources. Watch the award-winning “We Are Miners” documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4uQqiHnXUI and stay up to date on your certifications by registering for an upcoming training course here: https://healthsafetytraining.utexas.edu/

 
AUGUST 25, 2022

UT Austin HSTC Sheds Light on How Vital Mining is in New Documentary

"Mining is producing the materials we need to live our everyday life"

The University of Texas Health & Safety Training Center (HSTC) in collaboration with Castleview Productions is wrapping up production on an insightful documentary about the mining industry titled “We Are Miners.” The documentary focuses on the global benefits of mining, the opportunities within the industry, the unyielding adherence to safety protocols, the technological advancements that have evolved and how vital supporting this industry is to our collective future.

Leading experts within the U.S. mining industry contributed to the narrative. These experts walk the audience through the myriad of reasons why the world as we know it cannot exist without mining extraction. The information is delivered in an eye-opening and inspiring manner with a goal to encourage the brightest minds to join such a crucial, exciting and booming industry.

HSTC is honored to be a part of such a monumental project and take pride in spreading awareness of how important this industry is to people around the globe. Check out the documentary trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yC-MqifUI0, and keep a lookout for information about the full documentary coming Fall 2022.