About Sharpe's Point: On Mine Safety

Sharpe’s Point: On Mine Safety is a monthly e-newsletter devoted to safety and health in mining. An associated news service keeps readers informed of daily developments in the field. Both the newsletter and the news service are distributed to paid subscribers electronically. Both are products of Sharpe Media, LLC, based in Arlington, VA, USA. The newsletter began subscriber-paid publication in October 2005.

The aim of Sharpe’s Point:On Mine Safety is to present news and information factually and fairly about safety and health issues that affect all facets of the U.S. mining industry. However, the e-newsletter is called Sharpe’s Point for a reason, as we occasionally also offer a point of view, identified as an “Analysis,” "Editorial" or "Opinion." The e-newsletter does not cover oil and gas extraction.

While Sharpe’s Point: On Mine Safety attempts to be neutral in its presentation of issues, except as otherwise identified, the publication does have a point of view, which over time should be discernible to the discriminating reader. We are committed to

  • promoting and advancing mine safety in the U.S. and abroad,
  • sharing knowledge, research, experience and best practices from around the world,
  • facilitating communication and cooperation among major mining stakeholders,
  • monitoring the work of U.S. mine safety and health agencies, and
  • breaking down barriers among mining commodities by stressing the common concern everyone in the industry shares with improving safety and health conditions in mining.

The editor of Sharpe’s Point: On Mine Safety is James Sharpe. He grew up in Windber, a coal mining town in Southwestern Pennsylvania named after E.J. Berwind, whose company founded the community in 1897.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Secondary Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in English Secondary Education and Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and George Washington University, respectively. He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene.

Jim’s work experience includes four years as a general assignment reporter for a daily newspaper and more than three decades in occupational safety and health and industrial hygiene. Clients included the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

He was employed by a trade association representing the aggregates industry – crushed stone and sand & gravel – for nearly 7 years. During that period, Jim was a central figure in an industry-labor coalition formed to finalize a draft safety training proposal for the aggregates industry that became the law of the land in 1999 as 30 CFR Part 46. Just 18 months elapsed between finalization of the final draft and its codification into a regulation.

The Production Manager is Sue Grossman Sharpe. A native of the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, Ohio, Sue taught social studies in the Fairfax County (VA) School System for 29 years after graduating from Ohio Weslyan University in Delaware, OH. She holds a masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado.