Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA) is a nonprofit organization that began in 1916 to promote health and safety in the mining industry and consists of representatives from Federal and State Governments, Mining Organizations and Labor. As part of this effort, the Association publishes the Bulletin several times a year, full of useful safety and health information.

2018 Conference June 5-7 in Denver

The 2018 Joint National Meeting and Training Seminar of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and the Holmes Mine Rescue Association will be held on June 5-7, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver, Colorado. Hotel registrations at a special conference are now being accepted through the link below. More details and online registration will be posted soon.

Hotel registration

The 2019 conference is planned for North Carolina. Watch the website for updates.

Association meetings during 2017 TRAM

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Executive Committee, the Holmes Mine Rescue Association, and National Mine Rescue Association will be meeting during the 2017 TRAM Conference during October 10-12 at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy in Beckley WV.

  • JAHSA Executive Committee – Tuesday Oct. 10 @ 3:30 pm in room C123
  • NMRA – Wednesday Oct. 11 @ 3:30pm in Room C123
  • Holmes Mine Rescue Association – Thursday Oct. 12 @ 11:00am in Room G214


Apply now for 2017 JAHSA Scholarships – Due May 1, 2017

Scholarship applications for Joseph A. Holmes Safety Associations scholarships to support students during the 2017-2018 school year are due on May 1, 2016.

More details

 Connect with JAHSA on Social Media

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association is active on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to improve its communication and outreach to its members and to the mining community. This website is still the primary source of information from the Association, but we are excited to add these venues.

Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA) formed within JAHSA

On June 6, 2013, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the members of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association (JAHSA) overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment and changes to their by-laws to create a mine rescue organization within Holmes – the Holmes Mine Rescue Association. This action reestablishes mine rescue as an important function within the Joseph A. Holmes Association, which was created in 1916.

Holmes Mine Rescue Association Contests


Current Officers

President  Ben Hart, FL (Management)
1st Vice-President William Gerringer, NC (State)
2nd Vice-President Robert Randolph (Federal)
3rd Vice-President Woody Wickersheim, WI (Labor)
4th Vice-President Sunni Christon, TX (Management)
Secretary Glen Poe, WV (Federal)
Treasurer Robert Glatter, VA (Management)

For More Information

Write to: Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association P.O. Box 9375 Arlington, VA 22219
Or call: (304) 256-3223  Or fax: (304) 256-3319  Or e-mail: