MSHA is helping to coordinate "Spring Thaw" training workshops for members of the metal and nonmetal mining industry. These workshops will assist miners and mine operators in identifying hazards encountered when re-starting mining operations that may have been closed during winter months. In addition, the workshops will focus on hazard assessments and safe work procedures regarding mobile equipment, safe maintenance and workplace examinations, and other related topics. The workshops also will spotlight safety hazards specific to regions of the country. The workshops are free of charge and do not require advance registration.