In 1997, the Colorado School of Mines responded to the concerns of the mining industry and considered the need for a centrally located safety and health training center to service the Western mining community. Surveys of existing training opportunities and discussions with Western mining operators, labor organizations, and mining associations strongly supported the establishment of a safety and health training entity on the Colorado School of Mines campus.
In 1998, the Western Mine Safety and Health Program was established. Since then, this program has been extensively involved with meeting the training needs of the Western mining community. We have trained over 2,500 students, and while our focus is primarily on the Western US, our students have travelled from many Eastern states, as well as, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Peru.