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Appendix E The Nova Scotia Underground Mining Regulation



The Job Training Program in the Nova Scotia Underground Regulation is described below。

Definitions for Part 14 (Section 512)

In this Part, all of the following definitions apply:

  • “hours”, in relation to training, teaching experience, work experience or the duration of a course, means hours that are actually spent in the training, teaching, work, or course;

  • “job training program” means a program made up of a series of courses provided by an employer to employees to ensure that employees are competent to perform work in the job categories to which they are designated or to perform that work to which they are assigned.

Employer required to have job training program (Section 513)

  1. An employer must ensure that a job training program for a mine that includes all of the following is put in place and is adapted to the circumstances and conditions of the mine:

    1. courses that incorporate the training required under these regulations for each job category listed in Section 525 and additional training required by that Section;

    2. an annual refresher course as required by Section 531;

    3. training on all procedures as required by subsection 30(2);

    4. details of all of the following:

      1. who is to be trained,

      2. how training will be carried out,

      3. when training will be carried out,

      4. the type of training that is required,

      5. who will provide the training, including contractors;

      6. details of the training required before a mine worker is allowed to do work in the absence of a supervisor for which the worker has not been previously trained.

  1. A job training program must be developed using the requirements of the American National Standards Institute standard ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 2001, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, or an equivalent standard as a guide.

  2. A session of less than 30 consecutive minutes does not count as training for a job training program.


Review of job training program (Section 514)

  1. The job training program must be reviewed at least once every 3 years, or more often if any of the following apply:

    1. there is a change in work conditions, such as any of the following:

  1. alternative mining methods being introduced,

  2. different equipment being introduced,

  3. a change in work procedures;

    1. the review is required by law.

  1. An employer must keep documentation at the mine site that shows that the job training program has been reviewed in accordance with subsection (1).

  2. If the documentation required by subsection (2) is not made available, the mine’s job training program may be suspended by the Director, effective immediately and without notice from the Director.


Examination, audit or inquiry into job training program (Section 515)

      1. The Director may require a job training program to be examined or audited or inquired into by an appropriate working committee, professional or occupational body or other association.

      2. All of the following persons must give a person carrying out an examination, audit or inquiry of a job training program information or explanation about the job training program that the person requires:

    1. an employer or a self-employed person providing the job training program;

    2. an employee or contractor providing the job training program;

    3. a person employed in delivering any part of the job training program.

      1. The employer providing the job training program must pay the costs of an examination, audit or inquiry into the job training program if the Director so orders.


Evaluation of job training program by Director (Section 516)

The Director may order an employer to provide the Director with information the Director requires to evaluate a job training program or the competence of any of its participants.


Records kept for job training program (Section 517)

  1. For the purpose of subclause 11(c)(iii), a copy of the job training program must be kept at the mine, or another location acceptable to the Director, for at least 2 years after the mine closes.

  2. An employer must keep a file for each student in the job training program that includes all of the following:

    1. copies of certificates or diplomas earned by the student before participating in the program;

    2. a work history record from before the student worked at the mine;

    3. a list of the prerequisite or entrance requirements that the student has met for entry into a course or courses;

    4. results of exams and results of assignments the student has completed;

    5. a description of the training undertaken and experience gained by the student in the program;

    6. attendance records for each course that show the student’s attendance;

    7. a record of the work performed by the student while at the mine, other than as experience within a course required for a job category;

    8. a record of the successful completion of any course or courses required for a job category, signed by both of the following:

      1. the person who determined the successful completion,

      2. the student.

  3. An employer must keep the student file referred to in subsection (2) for the following applicable duration:

    1. if the student is subsequently employed at the mine, while the former student is employed and for at least 2 years after the date they are no longer employed;

    2. if the student is not subsequently employed at the mine, for at least 2 years after the student has completed or left the course in which the student was enrolled.

  4. Unless the Director otherwise orders, the student file referred to in subsection (2) must be mailed to a former student at their last known address at the earliest of the following times:

    1. after the applicable retention period specified in clause (3)(a) or (b);

    2. when the mine is closed;

    3. when a course is no longer required for a job category.


Employer at coal mine to file annual summary of job training program (Section 518)

An employer at a coal mine must prepare and file with the Director an annual summary of training carried out as part of the job training program, including, for each course delivered in the year:

    1. the dates the course was delivered;

    2. the instructor or instructors for the course;

    3. the subject matter of the course;

    4. the location where the course was delivered;

    5. the name of each student enrolled in the course;

    6. the mark for each student on every exam or assignment in the course.


Suspending or imposing conditions on job training program (Section 519)

      1. The Director may suspend or impose conditions on a job training program if, in the Director’s opinion, any of the following apply:

    1. there are insufficient or inadequate accommodations, facilities, equipment or materials to deliver the courses of the job training program;

    2. the instructors employed for the job training program are not qualified in accordance with subsection 523(5);

    3. conditions or requirements imposed by the Director are not complied with;

    4. false information is furnished to the Director;

    5. the employer fails to comply with the requirements of this Part or any other law integrally related to the job training program.

      1. The Director must give an employer who is providing a job training program notice of any suspension of the program or conditions imposed on the program and must include all of the following in the notice:

        1. if the program is suspended, the reasons for the suspension and the date the suspension begins;

        2. if conditions are imposed on the program, the conditions, the reasons for the conditions and the date by which the conditions must be complied with.

      2. Training must not be delivered under a job training program that is suspended under this Section for as long as the suspension is in effect.

      3. Any conditions imposed on a job training program under this Section must be complied with.


Notice for job training program for coal mine (Section 520)

An employer at a coal mine who files a report for the initial start up of a mine under Section 37, must file with the Director a notice in relation to the job training program that meets all of the following criteria:

    1. the notice identifies the employer and contractors who will deliver the job training program and states their contact information;

    2. the notice identifies the person responsible for the job training program and states their contact information;

    3. the notice identifies the person who is designated to make decisions and give information to the Director on the job training program, and states their contact information;

    4. the notice lists the courses that are required for each job description;

    5. the notice lists any approvals required under any enactment or from any professional, occupational or other association connected with the proposed job training program;

    6. the notice explains how the training requirements for each job category are appropriate for the mining methods and technology used at the mine;

    7. the notice includes copies of any executed contracts between any service provider and the employer in relation to the job training program.


External review of job training program for coal mine (Section 521)

      1. An employer at a coal mine must, at their expense, have all of the course materials for each course in their job training program reviewed by either of the following:

    1. a mining industry association;

    2. 2 separate arm’s-length mining industry representatives.

      1. All of the following must be provided to the persons or association conducting an external review of a job training program:

        1. the information required for a notice under Section 520;

        2. all information for each course of the program required by subsection 522(1).

      2. The persons or association performing an external review of a coal mine’s job training program must do all of the following:

        1. attest to having reviewed the course material and other information;

        2. give written opinions on all of the following:

          1. whether the training objectives of each course for a job category are appropriate for the skills and duties for the job category,

          2. whether the courses required for each job category provide an adequate level of training for the job category,

          3. whether the course length is appropriate for the skills required for the job category,

          4. whether the course entrance requirements meet industry standards,

          5. whether the instructional methods are appropriate for satisfactory job training program delivery;

        3. give reasons for any opinion that rates an aspect of the job training program as inappropriate or less than satisfactory.


Course information filed for program delivered by employer at coal mine (Section 522)

  1. Except as provided in subsection (2) for courses delivered at certain educational institutions, an employer at a coal mine must file all of the following information with the Director for each course in their job training program:

    1. the course name and a description of the course, including all of the following:

      1. the duration of the course,

      2. the delivery format,

      3. a list of books, supplies, equipment and materials that will be used;

    2. the designated job category and the job description for which the course is required training;

    3. the prerequisites required for the course;

    4. the training objectives of the course;

    5. the name of any person who developed the course or assisted in developing the course;

    6. a subject and module outline for the course;

    7. names of all instructors designated under subsection 523(2) to deliver or assist with the course, and all of the following information about each instructor:

      1. contact information,

      2. educational background,

      3. teaching experience,

      4. practical experience,

      5. a copy of any post-secondary degrees, certificates or licenses held,

      6. a current resume;

    8. the maximum student to teacher ratio;

    9. the performance outcomes, including the method of evaluation and results that must be achieved by a person to successfully complete the course;

    10. an indication of whether or not experience, work placement or off-site training is required by the course and what any experience, work placement or off-site training includes;

    11. if the premises where the training is delivered is owned and operated by the employer, identification of the premises to be used for the course, including the maximum person capacity of the floor area available for instruction including the classroom and any laboratory or shop areas;

    12. a copy of the written opinions required by subsection 521(3) from the most recent external review of the course.

  2. An employer is not required to comply with subsection (1) for a course in a job training program that is delivered by any of the following:

    1. a private career college within the meaning of the Private Career Colleges Regulation Act;

    2. an institution authorised to grant degrees or to provide a program of post-secondary study leading to a degree under the Degree Granting Act;

    3. a community college governed by the Community Colleges Act,

  3. A filing made under subsection (1) must include evidence satisfactory to the Director of all of the following:

    1. that the employer is able to comply with the requirements for a job training program as prescribed by these regulations;

    2. that the employer has obtained approvals required under any enactment or from the appropriate professional, occupational or other associations connected with the proposed job training program.

  4. An employer at a coal mine must provide the committee or representatives, if any, with a copy of their job training program.


Instructors for job training program for coal mine (Section 523)

  1. This Section applies to job training programs for coal mines.

  2. The mine manager must designate persons as instructors for the courses in a job training program, and only persons designated as instructors may instruct in a job training program.

  3. A job training program must not start until instructors are designated for the required courses for all job categories.

  4. A guest lecturer or workshop leader is not required to meet the requirements of this Section if delivering course material that is less than 8 hours in duration.

  5. Except as provided in subsections (4) and (6), to be designated as an instructor in a job training program, a person must meet 1 of the following sets of qualifications and experience:

    1. they must possess a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian university, or an equivalent degree from a university outside of Canada, in a subject directly related to the course to be taught, and have 12 months of job experience in the subject of the course to be taught;

    2. they must be a graduate of a program from the Nova Scotia Community College, another college, a trade or vocational school, or an equivalent institution, in a subject directly related to the course to be taught, and have 24 months of job experience in the subject of the course to be taught;

    3. they must possess a Bachelor of Education degree or a valid Nova Scotia teacher’s licence, and have 24 months of job experience in the course subject to be taught;

    4. they must be qualified as a mine examiner and have 60 months of job experience underground in a coal mine and 12 months of job experience in the course subject to be taught.

  6. An employer may file a request with the Director to designate a person who does not have the qualifications required by subsection (5) and the Director may grant the request if the Director is satisfied that the person is otherwise qualified to instruct or meets the requirements stated in another relevant enactment or by a relevant industry association.

  7. An instructor who does not have at least 1000 hours of teaching experience must enroll in an instructional methods or train-the-trainer program in their 1st year as an instructor in a job training program and provide the Director with all of the following about the instructional methods or train-the-trainer program:

    1. before starting to instruct in a job training program, written verification of enrollment in the instructional methods or train-the-trainer program;

    2. no later than 2 years after starting to instruct in a job training program, unless the Director grants a longer time, proof of completion of the instructional methods or train-the-trainer program.


Written job descriptions required and available (Section 524)

  1. An employer must prepare a written job description for each job category of employee at the mine that states the duties and responsibilities of the employees designated to the job category, including the duties and responsibilities pertaining to health or safety.

  2. An employer must give each employee a copy of the job description for the employee’s job category.


Training courses required in job training program (Section 525)

  1. The job training program for a mine must describe the minimum training for all of the following job categories:

    1. mine worker;

    2. supervisor;

    3. mine rescue worker;

    4. hoist operator, if the mine has a hoist;

    5. blaster, if explosives are used at the mine;

    6. mine surveyor;

    7. for a coal mine, all of the following:

      1. mine manager,

      2. underground manager,

      3. coal mine electrician,

      4. coal mine mechanic,

      5. mine examiner.

  2. In addition to the job categories listed in subsection (1), the job training program must include training on all of the following:

    1. committee membership or acting as a representative;

    2. the specific tasks carried out by any person working underground, including all of the following:

      1. health and safety aspects and safe operating procedures for tasks and equipment,

      2. supervised practice of all major tasks during non-production,

      3. supervised performance of tasks during production,

      4. health and safety hazards of new or modified equipment,

      5. any training relevant to the job category that the Director requires.


List of mine workers and designations, tasks and job categories (Section 526)

  1. Before the start of mining, an employer must make a list of all mine workers that includes all of the following:

    1. the designations that are held by each mine worker required by these regulations;

    2. the job categories held by each mine worker.

  2. An up-to-date copy of the list required by subsection (1) must be kept at the mine.

  3. Except as permitted under subsection 544(2), a person must not be designated to any job category unless they have satisfactorily completed the relevant parts of the job training program.


Employees to be trained in accordance with job training program (Section 527)

All employees, including the employees of contractors at the mine, must be trained to perform their duties in accordance with the employer’s job training program.


Designating employee who has not completed courses for job category (Section 528)

  1. In subsection (2), “courses” does not include an annual refresher course required by Section 531.

  2. The mine manager may designate an employee to a job category who has not completed the courses required for the job category if the employee has passed all examinations normally required as part of the courses required for that job category.


No untrained persons working underground (Section 529)

  1. Except when working under supervision as permitted in subsections (2), (3) and (4), a person must not go underground at a mine unless the person is designated as a mine worker.

  2. A person who has not completed the task-specific training for a task they are assigned to perform, but has completed the training required for mine workers, may work underground at a mine if the person remains under the constant, close personal supervision of a competent person who meets all of the following qualifications:

    1. the competent person has completed the job training program for a mine worker;

    2. the competent person has completed the training required for the task;

    3. the competent person has experience performing the task.

  3. A person who does not regularly work underground at a mine may work underground under the constant, close personal supervision of a competent person who has completed the courses required for a mine worker.

  4. A person may work underground for a limited time to complete a portion of the job training program while under the constant, close personal supervision of a competent person.


Training for mine workers (Section 530)

The training for a mine worker must include all of the following:

    1. at least 30 hours of training, as required by this Section, with a minimum of 8 hours that are underground at a mine;

    2. an introduction to the Internal Responsibility System, as described in the Act, and the rights and responsibilities of employers, employees and supervisors and the functions of the committee or the representative, if any, under the Act and its regulations;

    3. an introduction to these regulations as they pertain to the work of the person taking the training;

    4. an explanation of the authority and responsibility of supervisors;

    5. an introduction to the employer’s health and safety rules;

    6. a tour of the underground, if the underground exists;

    7. an orientation to the mine;

    8. an introduction to the work environment, including observation of and an explanation of the methods of mining used at the mine;

    9. an explanation of how to enter and leave the mine;

    10. an introduction to personnel transportation;

    11. an introduction to procedures for communicating information;

    12. an explanation of the mine plan;

    13. an explanation of emergency evacuation and recognition of the alarm system;

    14. an introduction to barricading;

    15. an introduction to fire-fighting, including instruction in the use of fire-extinguishing equipment;

    16. an introduction to ground control procedures;

    17. an introduction to ventilation plans and procedures;

    18. an introduction to occupational health, including dust and noise;

    19. an explanation of cleanup and general rules;

    20. at a coal mine, an introduction to stone-dusting;

    21. an introduction to hazard recognition and avoidance;

    22. an introduction to hazards related to explosives;

    23. an introduction to electrical hazards;

    24. an explanation of procedures for reporting hazards;

    25. an explanation of first aid resources at the mine;

    26. an introduction to mine gases and environmental monitoring;

    27. an introduction to the duties and responsibilities of a mine worker under the emergency preparedness program;

    28. an identification of escapeways;

    29. training in the use of a self-rescuer and introduction to the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus;

    30. an introduction to health and safety aspects of and any procedures related to the tasks the person will be assigned,

    31. any training relevant to the work that the Director requires.


Annual refresher course for mine workers (Section 531)

      1. An employer must provide, and ensure that all mine workers attend, an annual refresher course of at least 6 hours’ duration that includes refreshers on all of the following:

        1. the Internal Responsibility System, as described in the Act, and the rights and responsibilities of employers, employees and supervisors and the functions of the committee or representative, if any, under the Act and its regulations;

        2. these regulations as they pertain to the work of the mine workers taking the training;

        3. transportation controls and procedures for communicating information;

        4. ground control procedures;

        5. escapeways, prevention of accidents and access to first aid facilities;

        6. use of a self-rescuer and self-contained breathing apparatus;

        7. mine gases, environmental monitoring and how to ensure that monitoring equipment is not interfered with;

        8. fire-fighting, including training in the use of fire-extinguishing equipment;

        9. duties and responsibilities of a mine worker under the emergency preparedness program;

        10. any training relevant to the work that the Director requires.

      2. A mine worker in a coal mine must be tested at least 4 times every 12 months at regular intervals for proficiency in fire-fighting procedures.


Training for mine rescue worker (Section 532)

The training for a mine rescue worker must include all of the following:

    1. at least 72 hours a year, including the sessions required by clause (b), in mine rescue procedures spread over a minimum of 12 days and with no longer than 3 months between each session;

    2. at least 2 sessions a year in mine rescue procedures carried out underground or in simulated underground emergency conditions, with no longer than 8 months between each underground or simulated underground session.


Training for supervisors (Section 533)

The training for a supervisor must include all of the following:

    1. the job training program for mine workers;

    2. at least 70 hours of training that includes all of the following:

      1. an explanation of the role of a supervisor in ensuring health and safety, and implementing any program required under Section 28 of the Act,

      2. training on effective communication techniques and the role of a supervisor in implementing the communication procedures,

      3. training on the role of a supervisor in health and safety management systems,

      4. an explanation of the duties and responsibilities of a supervisor respecting

(A) the emergency preparedness program,

(B) the Act and its regulations,

      1. at least 42 hours of training on ground control procedures,

      2. any training relevant to the supervisor’s work that the Director requires.


Training for engineers (Section 534)

The training for an engineer who works underground must include the training for supervisors required by Section 533, except for the training on ground control procedures required by subclause 533(b)(v).


Training for member of committee or representative (Section 535)

  1. The training of each committee member or representative must include all of the following:

    1. an introduction to these regulations as they pertain to the committee member’s or representative’s role and entitlement to receive notice or access to information;

    2. effective communication techniques;

    3. inspection and investigation procedures;

    4. use and review of committee records;

    5. procedures regarding conduct of a meeting;

    6. any training relevant to the member’s or representative’s role that the Director requires.

  2. In addition to the training requirements for a committee member referred to in subsection (1), an employer at a subsea coal mine must ensure that training for a committee member includes training on all of the following:

    1. reviewing documents, including engineering drawings;

    2. writing a report and giving written advice;

    3. the committee’s role in reviewing and advising upon documents;

    4. any training relevant to committee member’s duties that the Director requires.


Qualifications of hoist operator (Section 536)

  1. A person is not eligible to be designated as a hoist operator unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

    1. they hold a current certificate of fitness under Section 537 to work as a hoist operator and are physically fit to discharge the duties of a hoist operator without limitations;

    2. they have satisfactory knowledge of the provisions of these regulations that relate to the responsibilities of a hoist operator;

    3. they have passed an examination in subjects relating to hoist operation that assesses the person’s knowledge.

  2. To maintain a designation as a hoist operator at a mine, a person must operate a regularly operated hoisting system at a mine at least 6 hours each month.


Hoist operator certificate of fitness (Section 537)

  1. A person who is designated as a hoist operator must pass an annual medical examination conducted by a physician and have a certificate of fitness to operate a hoist from the physician who performed the medical examination.

  2. A certificate of fitness to work as a hoist operator expires after 12 months.

  3. Before returning to work as a hoist operator after requiring medical attention by a physician for a condition that could limit the person’s ability to perform the duties of a hoist operator, a person must be examined by a physician and obtain a new certificate of fitness to work as a hoist operator from the physician who performed the examination.


Qualifications of blaster (Section 538)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a blaster unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

  1. they have completed the job training program for mine workers;

  2. they have passed an examination that assesses the person’s knowledge in subjects relating to work with explosives;

  3. they have satisfactory knowledge of the provisions of these regulations that relate to the responsibilities of a blaster and the use of explosives underground;

  4. they have performed at least 1000 hours of work in blasting and can demonstrate experience in all of the following:

    1. loading explosives,

    2. priming explosives,

    3. making blasting connections,

    4. connecting delays or sequencing devices,

    5. initiating blasts,

    6. for designation at a coal mine, testing for flammable gas;

  5. they have performed the following number of supervised blasts:

    1. for designation at a non-coal mine, 4,

    2. for designation at a coal mine, 30,

  6. for designation at a coal mine, they have at least 3 years’ experience working underground;

  7. for designation at a non-coal mine, they have at least 1 year[’s] experience working underground.


Qualifications of mine rescue worker (Section 539)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine rescue worker unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

  1. they hold an advanced first aid certificate as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations made under the Act;

  2. they have passed an examination in subjects relating to mine rescue work that assesses the person’s knowledge of the content of the mine rescue courses required by the job training program;

  3. they hold a current certificate of fitness under Section 540 to work as a mine rescue worker and are physically fit to discharge the duties of a mine rescue worker without limitations;

  4. for designation at a coal mine, they have at least 1 year of experience working underground;

  5. they have completed any training related to mine rescue required by these regulations;

  6. they have satisfactory knowledge of the provisions of these regulations that relate to the responsibilities of a mine rescue worker.


Mine rescue worker certificate of fitness (Section 540)

      1. A person who is designated as a mine rescue worker must pass an annual medical examination conducted by a physician and have a certificate of fitness to work as a mine rescue worker from the physician who performed the medical examination.

      2. A certificate of fitness to work as a mine rescue worker expires after 12 months.

      3. Before returning to work as a mine rescue worker after requiring medical attention by a physician for a condition that could limit a person’s ability to perform the duties of a mine rescue worker, a person must be examined by a physician and obtain a new certificate of fitness to work as a mine rescue worker from the physician who performed the examination.


Qualifications of mine rescue team captain (Section 541)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine rescue team captain unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

    1. they are designated as a mine rescue worker;

    2. for designation at a coal mine, they meet the qualifications of a mine examiner required by Section 548.


Qualification of mine rescue trainer (Section 542)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine rescue trainer unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

  1. they meet the qualifications of a mine rescue worker required by Section 539, except for the certificate of fitness required by clause 539(c);

  2. for designation at a coal mine, they meet the qualifications of a mine examiner required by Section 548.


Qualifications of mine workers at coal mine (Section 543)

    1. A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine worker at a coal mine unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

    1. they have had training and experience underground in a coal mine in all of the following:

      1. cutting, shearing, boring or loosening coal,

      2. except as provided in subsection (2), at least 6 months of experience in or about a working face;

    2. they have satisfactory knowledge of the provisions of these regulations that relate to the responsibilities of a mine worker in a coal mine;

    3. they have passed a practical examination that assesses the person’s skill level;

    4. they have passed an examination in subjects relating to mining that assesses the person’s knowledge.

    1. A mine worker who does not regularly work in or about a working face is not required to have 6 months’ experience working in or about a working face if they have all other required training for the job they are required to perform.


Qualifications of mine manager at coal mine (Section 544)

      1. A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine manager at a coal mine unless the person has a satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations and meets 1 of the following qualifications:

        1. they hold a degree in mine engineering or the equivalent from a university accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and have at least 3 years of experience working underground at a coal mine;

        2. they have at least 5 years of experience in coal mining, including at least 1 year as an underground manager or at least 3 years in a supervisory capacity underground, and they have completed grade 12 of the public school system or the equivalent.

      2. As soon as reasonably practicable after designation, the mine manager must complete the job training program for a mine manager.


Qualifications of underground manager at coal mine (Section 545)

A person is not eligible to be designated as an underground manager at a coal mine unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

    1. they have completed grade 12 of the public school system or the equivalent;

    2. they hold an advanced first aid certificate as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations made under the Act;

    3. they have received education in mining subjects acceptable to the Director;

    4. they have at least 5 years of experience in coal mining, including at least 1 year underground;

    5. they have a satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations;

    6. they have completed the job training program for an underground manager.


Qualifications of intermediate supervisors at coal mine (Section 546)

      1. If the hierarchy of supervisors at a coal mine includes a level of supervision between the mine manager and the underground manager, a supervisor at that level must be a competent person who

    1. has completed the job training program for a mine manager at a coal mine;

    2. meets the qualifications for a mine manager at a coal mine required by Section 544.

      1. If the hierarchy of supervisors at a coal mine includes a level of supervision between the underground manager and a first-line supervisor, a supervisor at that level must be a competent person who

  1. has completed the training program for underground managers;

  2. meets the qualifications for an underground manager required by Section 545.


Qualifications of first-line supervisor at coal mine (Section 547)

A first-line supervisor responsible for a section at a coal mine must be designated as a supervisor under Section 68 and must

        1. hold an advanced first aid certificate as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations made under the Act;

        2. meet 1 of the following qualifications:

          1. the qualifications for a mine examiner required by Section 548,

          2. hold a diploma or certificate from a correspondence, technical or mining school acceptable to the Director, certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study in mining subjects,

          3. hold a degree in engineering from a college or university acceptable to the Director; and

        3. have the following applicable experience:

          1. for a person meeting the qualifications set out in subclause (b)(i), at least 3 years of experience in coal mining, including at least 1 year underground;

          2. for a person meeting the qualifications set out in subclauses (b)(ii) or (iii), at least 1 year of experience in and about a coal mine.


Qualifications of mine examiner at coal mine (Section 548)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine examiner in a coal mine unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

        1. they hold an advanced first aid certificate as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations made under the Act;

  1. they have at least 3 years of underground coal mining experience;

  2. they have a satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations.


Qualifications of mine surveyor in coal mine (Section 549)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a mine surveyor in a coal mine unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

        1. they have taken at least 1 technical course in surveying;

  1. they have at least 6 months’ underground coal mining experience with a survey crew.


Qualifications of engineer in coal mine (Section 550)

A person is not eligible to work as an engineer underground in a coal mine unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

        1. they are an engineer within the meaning of the Engineering Profession Act;

  1. they have completed the training for engineers required by Section 534;

  2. they have a satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations.


Qualifications of coal mine electrician (Section 551)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a coal mine electrician unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

        1. they hold a certificate of qualification under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act for any of the following:

  1. an industrial electrician,

  2. a construction electrician,

  3. a mine electrician;

        1. they have worked for at least 12 months under the supervision of a coal mine electrician;

        2. they have satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations as they relate to the use of electricity underground.


Qualifications of chief coal mine electrician (Section 552)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a chief coal mine electrician unless the person

        1. meets the qualifications of a coal mine electrician required by Section 551;

  1. is designated by the mine manager as a coal mine electrician; and

  2. is designated by the mine manager as a supervisor.


Qualifications of coal mine mechanic (section 553)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a coal mine mechanic unless the person meets all of the following qualifications:

        1. they hold a certificate of qualification under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act for any of the following:

          1. an electric motor system technician,

          2. an automotive service technician,

          3. a heavy duty equipment technician,

          4. an industrial instrument mechanic,

          5. an industrial mechanic (millwright),

          6. a mine mechanic,

          7. a truck and transport mechanic,

          8. a farm equipment mechanic;

        2. they have worked for at least 12 months under the supervision of a coal mine mechanic;

        3. they have a satisfactory knowledge of the Act and its regulations as they relate to mechanical systems.


Qualifications of chief coal mine mechanic (Section 554)

A person is not eligible to be designated as a chief coal mine mechanic unless the person

        1. meets the qualifications of a coal mine mechanic required by Section 553;

  1. is designated by the mine manager as a coal mine mechanic; and

  2. is designated by the mine manager as a supervisor.


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