Published On: 11/24/2015

SME & CIM jointly host symposium to address North American mine safety practices

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, and will cover an issue that mining managers are constantly attending to. 

“In this joint conference, attendees will learn the elements of successful safety and health strategies and tactics on which employees and managers can rely to ensure that everyone goes home safely, every day,” stated Dr. Jürgen F. Brune, conference co-chair and Colorado School of Mines research professor. “The safety and health of miners continues to grow in importance as mining companies strive to operate in a sustainable manner.” 

The plenary session features four industry leaders who will share their respective organization’s vision and journey to attaining safety and operational excellence. Attendees will learn how MIRARCO, Barrick Gold Corp., Newmont Mining Corp., and the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (NIOSH) achieved improved safety performance.

  • 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.

  • 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 two-day event brings managers and operators together to generate an effective health and safety culture and share reliable management systems. The programs 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