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Do supervisors at mines need a first line supervisor's certificate?


Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations state that supervisors at mine projects (including exploration), must hold a first line supervisor’s certificate.

This regulation applies to ALL underground mine and diamond drilling operations. It also applies to surface mining operations, or projects (including exploration) where there are:

  • 12 or more workers; or
  • less than 12 workers and the director of OH&S considers that conditions swarrant the need.

It’s important that first line supervisors obtain this certification.

The types of workplace hazards in this high-risk industry are unique and have the potential for catastrophic consequences if safe work procedures and processes are not followed. The goal of the program is to provide first line supervisors with the knowledge to comply with applicable health and safety legislation, to consistently apply appropriate operating procedures and to demonstrate a level of performance that meets industry standards.