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Behavior Based Safety & Training Specialist at Prairie State Generating Company
I lead the CORESafety efforts at our mine, which included developing our Health & Safety Management System along with implementing and training on the 20 modules. For the last 11 years I have worked at an underground coal mine in southern Illinois.
I pursued the CMSP certification because I felt it added value to my other training and certifications. Being a CMSP benefits our safety initiatives at our mine with continuing-education units though SME. During the prep course, it was great to learn alongside others working in the mining industry.
The CMSP is a great credential to add to your resume that encourages continuous improvement and education. If you are looking for a personal development goal the CMSP is a great choice. Other safety credentials do not reflect the mining designation, which I feel is important to achieve if working in mining. Of course, all safety certifications and training will benefit your safety efforts, the CMSP designation sets you apart. The Department of Labor recognized the need for a separate division for mining, so it seems important that we embrace the need and importance for individual safety designation for mining too.
I hope the future holds positive changes and partnerships among every type of mining operation. I am equally impressed and excited by advancements in mining technology. There will always be unique challenges, including regulatory responsibilities and changes in mining conditions, so I hope companies see the benefit that comes with CMSP designation and use it as a recruiting tool for top industry talent.
Network, network, network! I feel that becoming a CMSP has led to wonderful opportunities within both the SME and our industry. There are so many who are passionate about safety and willing to share their knowledge, ideas, trials and tribulations. Reach out and partner with subject-matter experts working at the mines, regulators, educators, researchers and innovators at NIOSH. I have only had positive experiences when it comes to discussing mine safety and health.
I was part of the inaugural prep course with the SME and felt it was beneficial, since my mining experience was exclusively in underground coal. It was a great overview and refresher prior to taking the exam. My employer supported the CMSP credential because of their belief that an outstanding safety culture is the key to getting the workforce aligned, engaged and achieving outstanding results so that you can become “best in class.”