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WHAT IS A FIRST LINE SUPERVISOR’S CERTIFICATE AND HOW DO I GET ONE?

Supervisors at mining projects (including exploration), are required to hold a First Line Supervisor’s Certificate, as stated in Section 15.11 of the Surface and Underground Mines or Projects Regulation. Workplace hazards in the mining industry are unique and have the potential for catastrophic consequences if safe work procedures and processes are not followed.

The First Line Supervisor’s Certificate shows that the person:

  • Knows how to comply with applicable health and safety legislation;
  • Consistently applies appropriate operating procedures; and
  • Demonstrates a level of performance that meets industry standards.

Section 15.11 applies to all underground mine and diamond drilling operations and to surface mining operations or projects (including exploration) where there are 12 or more workers employed or where the Director of Occupational Health and Safety considers it necessary, regardless of the number of workers.

Getting a First Line Supervisor’s Certificate

To obtain a First Line Supervisor’s Certificate:

  1. Contact the Centre of Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College to review the prerequisites and register for the online course offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
  2. Successfully complete all six modules of the CCOHS online course.
  3. Print your Certificate of Completion and the Performance Demonstration Checklists from the CCOHS website.
  4. Complete the Performance Demonstration Checklists within six months of completing the online course. During this six-month period you can arrange with your employer to work as a provisional first line supervisor, but you must first be approved to do so by the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB). We require the following documentation:
    • A copy of your Certificate of Completion for the CCOHS course.
    • A copy of your valid Standard First Aid with CPR Certificate.
    • A letter informing YWCHSB that you will be working as a provisional first line supervisor for a period of up to six months and specifying the start and end dates of this period.

    You may submit these documents by one of these methods:

    • Email: worksafe@gov.yk.ca
    • Fax: 867-393-6279
    • Mail: Occupational Health and Safety, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, 401 Strickland Street, Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 5N8
    • Drop off: 401 Strickland Street in Whitehorse
  5. When you and your employer have completed all of the Performance Demonstration Checklists, you can apply for your permanent First Line Supervisor’s Certificate as follows:
    1. Fill out and submit the Application for Yukon First Line Supervisor’s Certificate. The certificate must be signed by the mine manager or contract manager.
    2. Submit the completed Performance Demonstration Checklists.
    3. Submit a copy of the Certificate of Completion for the CCOHS online course if not previously submitted.
    4. Submit a copy of your valid Standard First Aid with CPR Certificate if not previously submitted.

    You may submit these documents by any of the methods outlined above in step 4.

  6. When your application documents have been reviewed and approved by YWCHSB, you will be authorized to take a final online examination at Yukon College’s Centre of Northern Innovation. You must obtain 80% to pass. Once you have successfully completed this exam, you will receive your permanent certificate and your photo will be taken for your identification card.

First Line Supervisor’s Certificate from other jurisdictions

If you have a First Line Supervisor’s Certificate from another jurisdiction, you must re-certify in Yukon following the steps above.