Published On: 11/24/2015

Internationally Renowned Experts Join SME & CIM Safety in Mining Conference 

Registrants receive free best seller on mine safety and health management systems

The 3rd symposium on safety and reliability in the mining and extractive resources industries is a collaborative initiative between the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The symposium, Safety In Mining: A Reliable Operation Is A Safe Operation, will be held October 20-22, 2013 at the Hilton Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

SME members attending the conference will receive a free copy of SME’s book, “Mine Health and Safety Management” edited by Dr. Michael Karmis of Virginia Tech, a $119 value. This book emphasizes behavior-based safety processes by instilling concepts of a safety culture and fostering the ability to recognize and manage health and safety responsibilities and requirements. 

The plenary session features four industry experts from MIRARCO, Barrick Gold Corp., Newmont Mining Corp., and the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (NIOSH) who will discuss how they achieved improved safety performance, reliability and operational excellence through process improvements and employee engagement, leading to sustainable cultural change. 

Conference sessions will allow attendees to take away practical information on topics including:

  • Leadership for an effective health and safety culture

  • Managing hazards and risks

  • Health and safety management systems

  • Creating a vision for reliability

  • Building blocks for successful reliability programs

  • Tools and technologies to enable reliability

  • Innovative thinking toward best practices in safety and reliability

  • Case studies in safety management and system reliability

This series of annual conferences jointly hosted by CIM and SME recognize the importance and value of facilitating enhanced knowledge-sharing and best-practice exchanges within the North American mining community. The program consist of peer-reviewed technical papers and presentations of operational cases studies with a focus on the cultural and organizational behaviors needed to achieve best-in-class performance in safety and reliability. Registration and information can be found at

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or