OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 562 Electrical installations

Subsection 562(1)

Electrical safety at mine sites relies primarily on the competency of authorized workers installing, repairing or modifying electrical installations. In Alberta, persons who work on electrical equipment must be certified as specified in section 21(3) of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, which states:

“A person shall not work in a compulsory certification trade unless that person
(a) holds a trade certificate in that trade,
(b) has filed an application under this Act to participate in the apprenticeship program in that trade and that application is subsisting,”

Non-certified personnel can work on electrical equipment only by special approval under Section 23 of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act which states:

“For the purposes of section 21(3) and 22(3)(f), the Executive Director may, after notifying the Board and subject to the approval of the Minister, do the following:
(a) authorize a person or a class of persons who are not permitted under section 21(3)(a) to (d) or 22(3)(a) to (c) to work in a designated trade, to work or to perform one or more tasks, activities or functions in that trade, or
(b) authorize an employer or a class of employers to employ a person or class of persons who are not permitted under section 21(3)(a) to (d) or 22(3)(a) to (c) to work in a designated trade, to work or to perform one or more tasks, activities or functions in that trade.”

Subsection 562(2)

Records of electrical installation and repair work are critical for troubleshooting and incident investigation purposes. Records must be kept at the mine for two years following the activity.