:: About Us
- Amanda Sanchez Grider, Program Coordinator
- Peggy Merritt, Field Trainer
- Karina Lemanczyk, Administrative Assistant
- Trey Perez, Administrative Assistant
The Health and Safety Training Center has provided safety and health compliance training to the Texas mining industry for over twenty-five years at The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout the years the name has evolved and was most recently known as the Texas Mine Safety and Health Program.
For the past twenty-five years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). As a grant funded program, the Texas Mine Safety and Health Program was responsible for providing safety and health training and a variety of other services to improve the conditions of mine safety and health within Texas.
As we journey into a new era of providing safety and health training, the Health and Safety Training Center will continue to provide the same high-quality instruction and course offerings to its clients. The program has expanded to include safety and health training for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, Electrical Safety, Certification Exam Prep for safety professionals, MSHA Underground Mine Safety compliance, and expanded First Aid/CPR offerings.
Development of course offerings and subject matter topics will be continuous as we strive to provide safety and health training applicable to all industries and individuals. Safe production continues to be our priority as we work to prevent on-the-job injuries, accidents and fatalities across Texas, the United States and internationally.
In 2011, the program was recognized by the Mine Safety and Health Administration for twenty-five years of providing quality health and safety training for miners and contractors in the State of Texas.
In order to further reinforce organizational safety cultures and to continue to develop strong, positive attitudes towards safety and health, the Health and Safety Training Center staff members are Council Officers for the Texas Chapter of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association. The association provides networking and mentorship to the mining industry in Texas and coordinates an annual conference for mining professionals and contractors.
In addition, the staff is also heavily involved with the planning and coordination of the South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference. This regional conference services the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Missouri. Since 2010, the Health and Safety Training Center has been an authorized affiliated Medic First Aid Training Center.
Our instructors possess extensive experience in their subject matter areas ranging from compliance training to professional certification expertise. Each instructor has worked directly in their respective industries in which they teach, and many have hands-on experience working in the field and as safety directors and managers for their companies.
Real-life experience is pertinent to teaching safety and health and our priority is to provide an instructor that is able to accurately convey the importance of safety at an office, mine site, construction site and in daily life.
Instructor’s credentials and expertise include:
- MSHA Part 48 Approved Instructors
- OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainers for General and Construction Industry
- Certified Safety Professionals
- Industrial Hygiene Certified
- Medic First Aid/CPR Instructors
- EHS Legal Requirements
- EHS Liability Analysis
- Certified Safety and Health Official
- Electrical Safety
- Certified Mine Safety Professional
- Task Training
- Bilingual Safety Training
- Instructor Training
- Compliance Assistance.