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.

2015 National Meeting on June 9-11, 2015

The 2015 National Meeting and Training Seminar of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association has been planned for June 9-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach in Virginia Beach,VA.

More details  –   Download registration flyer

2015 JAHSA President’s message to members

June 20, 2014

Good afternoon everyone, hope all is well and you all made it back from the conference without too much trouble. I want to thank everyone who took the time to come to Austin Texas. It is that kind of dedication and commitment that will keep this Association alive.

Now it’s time to concentrate on the 2015 conference in Virginia Beach — the first joint conference of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and the Holmes Mine Rescue Association. I know you all understand how important it is to make this conference exceptional not only for us but the mine rescue folks as well. Having said that it is important that we work as a team to make this happen. During the next couple of weeks I will be contacting some members of the Executive Committee to join working committees to help get things done. The most important aspect of a team is communication. As president of the National Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association I will make it a priority to stay in touch with each chair person and communicate back to all of you to keep everyone in the loop. We have also initiated a Facebook page and Twitter feed to facilitate this communication.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone at the TRAM conference in October at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. I hope you will all help in promoting this event as well. We should have a good idea from the committee reports at this meeting so we know what areas we need to concentrate on. Once again thank you for taking the time for the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association.

– Samuel Scribe, President, Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association

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.


Current Officers

President Sam Scribe, PA (Vendor)
1st Vice-President Jeffrey Kravitz, PA (Federal)
2nd Vice-President Mark Zinser, MI (Labor)
3rd Vice-President Shad Montgomery, IN (Management)
4th Vice-President William Gerringer, NC (State)
Secretary Robert Glatter, MSHA, VA (Federal)
Treasurer Al Simonson, MN (Emeritus)
Click here for full list of officers and executive committee members

For More Information

Write to: Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association P.O. Box 9375 Arlington, VA 22219
Or call: (703) 235-0249  Or fax: (703) 235-0011  Or e-mail: