Mine Safety Conference Sets The Standard

SOCORRO, N.M. May 1, 2015 – When it comes to safety, YOU set the standard. That’s the message of the 8th Annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference, taking place May 4 to 6 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.


John Drebinger is the keynote speaker at the 2015 Mine Safety Conference.


“Every day, you set the standard of safety in your life and in the lives of those around you,” State Mine Inspector Terence Foreback said. “A safety conscious mentality results in a safer workplace, so when you demonstrate a commitment to safety, everyone around you benefits.”

Tuesday morning’s keynote speaker, the highly acclaimed safety motivational speaker John Drebinger, will amplify the theme with a presentation titled “Would You Watch Out for My Safety?”

Drebinger, who packed the house when he appeared at the 2014 National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo in San Diego, uses every tool at his disposal, from humor to prestidigitation, to get his point across both passionately and painlessly.

Other highlights of the conference will include Magdalena Ridge Observatory’s own Dr. Eileen Ryan, the highly engaging and entertaining Dr. Lowell Catlett from NMSU, and Dr. Eric Lutz from the prestigious Mining Institute for Supervisory Leadership at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ryan’s not-to-be-missed presentation will touch on what asteroid tracking and mine safety have in common (hint: in both areas, failure is not an option!)

Foreback said he expects this year’s event to be outstanding, as usual, and well-attended by representatives of the 7,000 people employed in New Mexico’s mining industry at all levels.

Foreback, who heads the state’s Bureau of Mine Safety and recently received his third re-appointment as State Mine Inspector, serves on planning committee of the non-profit New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference Organization.


Dr. Eileen Ryan will talk about safety from an astronomer's perspective.


The majority of the conference events will take place at Macey Center, including a pre-conference meet-and-greet with live music provided by Socorro’s own Pete & Rudy, followed by an Italian dinner catered by Chartwells with guest speaker Jeff Duncan, director of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Educational Policy and Development division.

The first day of activities also includes a golf tournament on Tech’s championship golf course, and a four hour First Aid training and certification program.

The golf tournament, First Aid training, and three-day conference are all open to the public. Registration information is available at https://www.regonline.com/2015nmmhsc or by calling (575) 835-5460.

This year’s sponsors include BHP Billiton, Chevron, the Center for Behavioral Safety, Intrepid Potash, Mosaic Potash and Wagner Equipment.

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