In the wake of the Pike River tragedy, the Government has introduced a new health and safety regime for all workplaces, not least the mining and quarry sector.
Any mine or quarry has to be operated by someone with a Certificate of Competence - a CoC. There are A and B grade CoCs. There are new requirements to update CoCs and to take part in Continuing Professional Development, CPD. Read the guidelines here.
MinEx works with organisations including MITO who is the training organisation for our sector.
These organisations can arrange training for everything from entry level positions through to operations, supervision and management.
You can find out more about mining and quarry qualifications through MITO.
In our regular newsletters and train brain, you will see a range of courses to help you thorough CoC's.
It is really important that these courses are supported - as they provide some of the best routes through the CoC process.
While January 1 is the key date by which to have your CoC in place, WorkSafe is advising you need to get your applications for renewals in by mid November to ensure it is processed in time. If not processed you will have to apply for a new CoC and not be able to operate according to the regs. This is made clear in this WorkSafe newsletter.
As you will see, a worrying number aren't yet through their CoCs, particularly quarry managers' B-grade, where nearly two-thirds have not yet completed their competencies.
WorkSafe says come next January those without the necessary CoC to undertake their required management role will at best be given an improvement notice, or potentially be banned from working.
Top tip: Oral exams are providing particularly difficult for some people. Look here if you are doing oral exams for some advice from WorkSafe.
The oral exam is about how well you can apply what you know in an operation – it’s about what you would do or how you would handle a situation.
It's a no brainer that training is the way to make sure you and your workmates or staff go home safe every day. That's why MinEx regularly publishes the Train Brain - our email newsletter to keep you up informed of all the latest training opportunities around the country.
With the new safety legislation now in place, training has got more demanding. Until recently, renewing your CoC was a once every 5 year cakewalk. Now, new competencies are demanded and you must keep up to date with your Continuing Professional Development.