Supervisor Education Program
Occupational Health and Safety
|During the development of the Alberta Mine Safety Regulations the topic of certification of company officials was raised. Changes in business management practices, business environment, management techniques, and the significant change in the government's philosophy of companies taking on the responsibility of compliance to regulations, the mining industry recognized that there was a need to look at alternative methods of certifying company officials.
In light of the change in the mining industry's approach to safety, the overall improved safety performance of the Alberta mining industry, and the fact that employers are accepting the responsibility to ensure compliance on their own, a proposal was put forward to develop one education program.
|This would involve all mining non-administrative front line supervision and would cover all pertinent regulations and codes for all the mines and quarries in Alberta. This program was to take into consideration and allow for incorporation of the considerable differences in the various mining operations.
A sub committee of AMSA members was organized to manage this project. Standards have been developed to ensure that the integrity of the AMSA Mine Supervisor Education Programs is maintained. All AMSA members agreed that this program would be implemented regardless of the company officials' requirements under the new Mine Safety Regulations.
An employer at a Mine or Quarry, shall ensure that permanent incumbents in non-administrative supervisory/manager positions are holders of valid Alberta Mine Safety Association certificates. These certificates issued by their employer and AMSA verify the supervisor/manager is knowledgeable in applicable health and safety regulations for their area of responsibility as identified by the company. Enhanced certification requirements are required for underground mines.
Except as otherwise exempt under a provisional certificate, as defined in the Alberta Mines Safety Regulations, all supervisors/managers in underground mines must have their certificate prior to job placement.
|The test will be modular in format and structured to the area of responsibility or focus of the supervisor/manager. If the area of responsibility changes or extends, then the supervisor/manager will have three (3) months to upgrade his certificate in the new area. If the area of an mine supervisor's focus changes or extends then the supervisor/manager will have his/her AMSA certificate upgraded before accepting increased responsibilities.
The certificates are valid for a maximum of five years and can be renewed by the candidates by successfully rewriting the applicable test before the expiry date. The employer may require re-testing at any time to ensure the supervisors maintain basic knowledge of the regulations.
The test will have a basic module that all supervisors/managers will require. This module will contain common sections from the required acts and regulations. He/she will also take supplementary modules specific to the supervisor area of focus. (Example: electrical, underground operations, blasting, etc.).
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