OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 610 Surface mine blaster

Subsection 610(1)

Responsibility for blasting and the related handling of explosives rests with the employer. At a surface mine, the employer must appoint a certified surface mine blaster to act on the employer’s behalf. Once appointed by the employer, a certified surface mine blaster is responsible for the direction of explosive handling activities and for the safe execution of all blasting operations at the mine.

Only a certified surface mine blaster or another worker who works under the direct supervision of a certified surface mine blaster can handle an explosive product or blast a misfire.

Subsection 610(2)

Due to the knowledge required to properly handle explosives and the hazards related to improper use, non-certified surface mine workers must not handle explosives, except as noted in subsection (1).

The employer is responsible for ensuring that non-certified surface mine workers are trained to be aware of the hazards associated with explosive products. These mine workers must also be trained in the company’s blasting procedures.