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THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF MINES SAFETY GRAM PROGRAM    The Oklahoma Department of Mines (ODM) Safety Committee was formed 17 years ago in June 2000.  Although members of the committee have changed several times over the years as ODM staff retired or new individuals were added, committee members continue to meet regularly to discuss safety issues that ODM inspectors find at Oklahoma surface and underground mines.  The Safety Committee generates “Safety Grams” to assist/aid permittees and operators in preventing accidents.      The Safety Grams are distributed directly to the mines by ODM inspectors, on a monthly basis, with a different topic every month. ODM Inspectors hand-carry copies of the Safety Grams to the coal and non-coal operators in order to increase the chances of getting materials to the employees in the field. The face-to-face distribution of the safety materials also gives the inspectors an opportunity to generate a stress-free dialogue with the mine employees. Often these discussions disclose other issues or concerns that can be addressed before accidents occur. Operators post copies of the Safety Grams on mine office bulletin boards and use them to initiate safety discussions at tailgate or pre-shift meetings.  The one-page Safety Grams are produced in color, in both English and Spanish, to spread safety messages to the greatest number of mine workers. ODM will provide each mine site with the number of copies the operator requests. The Safety Grams cover the gamut of topics from proper operation of heavy equipment, highwall safety and berms, blasting, and electrical safety procedures. The topics vary with the season – winter driving hazards, summer heat illnesses, poisonous snake identification, and…because it’s Oklahoma…tornado watches and warnings. The Safety Grams also deal with basic first aid, emergency contact numbers posting, and regulatory rules for reporting accidents/deaths.  ODM firmly believes that the key to mine safety is education and prevention. Our Safety Grams have become an important resource in that effort.

Safety Grams 2008-2017

2017
January
Fire Extinguishers - Can You Pass The Test? 
February
Are You Protected? 
March
Who Owns Safety.....I Do! 
April
Storm Shelter Safety 
May
Equipment on Highwall 
June
Fatigue & Work....Know The Signs! 
July
Keep Your Cool...Be Aware of Heat Related Stress 
AugustElectrical - Knock Out Accidents
SeptemberHeavy Equipment Around Water
OctoberDredge Safety
2016
January
Emergency Contacts Updated 
February
Statutory Law - Accidents, Injuries, Fatalities 
March
Supervisor Responsibility 
April
Certified Surface Blaster Qualification 
May
Equipment On Highwall 
June
Barge Safety 
July
Blasting Certification 
August
Flammable Storage Area 
September
Fall Protection 
October
Are You Protected? 
November
If It Isn't Guarded, It Shouldn't Be Started 
December
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires 
2015
January
Safe Use of Cell Phones 
February
Take Safety To Heart 
March
Statutory Law - State Inspections - Serious Injury or Fatality Report 
April
Tornado Safety 
May
Hard Hat Types & Classes 
June
Recreational Activities & Mine Sites 
July
Insects 
August
Equipment Safety 
September
Storm Shelters 
October
Attitudes Are Contagious! Is Your's Worth Catching..... 
November
Good Housekeeping 
December
Choose to Abuse & Lose 
2014
January
Are You on Solid Ground? 
February
Avoid Killer Outfits 
March
Equipment 
April
Equipment On Highwall 
May
Good Housekeeping 
June
Tire Safety & Care 
July
Summer Safety Tips 
August
Cardinal Rules of Safety 
September
Lock Out/Tag Out 
October
Safety/No Safety - Which One Will You Choose 
November
If It Isn't Guarded, It Shouldn't Be Started 
December
Wrap Up The Year With Clean Mobile Equipments 
2013
January
Protect Your Back 
February
Travelwways
March
Avoid Jobsite Overturns
April
Statutory Law - State Inspections - Serious Injury or Fatality Report
May
Supervisor Responsiblity
June
Summer Fun
July
Blasting
August
Fire Extinguishers
September
Proper Ground Control 
October
Static Electricity 
November
Prevent Falls From Heights
2012
January
Refresh, Review, Reflect
February
Check It Out - Repairs & Maintenance
March
Be Safe - Keep Mobile Equipment Cabs Clean
April
Make Safety Your Goal
May
Snakes
June
Highwall Safety
July
Summer Heat
August
Fire Prevent & Control
September
Personal Protection
October
Fires for Warming Purposes
November
Recreational Activity on Mine Sites
December
Work Place Hazards
2011
January
Maintain Safety
February
Check it out - Be Safe
March
Lightning
April
Temperature Rise Be Wise
May
Communication
June
Don't Get Blown Away
July
Step Up to Ladder Safety
August
Look Up & Live - Overhead Powerlines
September
Flammable Storage Areas
October
Dust Control
November
Cellphone Distraction
December
Winter Hazards
2010
January
Snug Fitting Clothing
February
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
March
Transportation of Blasting Explosives Materials
April
Statutory Law - Loss of Life or Injury - Duty of Operator & Inspector
June
Summer Safety
July
Overhead Electrical Lines
August
Use of Equipment
September
Water Safety
October
Electrical Safety
November
Winter Safety
December
Let's Give Them a Brake!!
2009
September
Equipment Rules & Procedures Section 916
November
Who's in Charge?
December
Barge Safety
2008
April
Statutory Law - Accident Reporting
December
Fires for Warming Purposes

Contact

State of Oklahoma
Department of Mines
2915 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 213
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Phone: (405) 427-3859
Fax: (405) 424-4932 or (405) 427-9646
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