Manage Blasting Operations

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Course Description

A short course designed for candidates with knowledge and understanding of the use of explosives – typically already have their BEUL (Blasting Explosive User Licence) – and need to obtain this competency to renew and maintain their competencies.  NSW Safework requires this Unit of Competency for applying or renewing your BEUL – refer to the NSW Government Guide for Blasting Explosives User Licence Applicants, Safework NSW, September 2019.

RIIBLA401E – Manage Blasting Operations

The course covers:

(1) Manage compliance with legislation
(2) Manage the storage, handling and transport of explosives
(3) Manage the implementation of blasting activities
(4) Manage Misfires
(5) Manage the disposal of explosives
(6) Manage maintenance of blasting equipment

To obtain this Statement of Attainment, candidates must successfully complete the required assessment tasks. This includes submission of evidence of two shots you have managed (either as a shotfirer or as an engineer as part of the design process) that includes at least one production firing.

Theory and practical evidence required to be submitted.

Corporate with Face to Face Sessions

Our preferred and most sought after format:
* 2 day (2 x 8hr) format – class activities, assessment + underground (or surface)
* Discuss blasting scenarios – various situations, risks and controls regarding use of explosives
* Conduct an underground or open cut inspection and go through all phases of the use of explosives at your mine site
* Discuss and utilise your own site’s procedures and checklists for managing blasting

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Time: 5 days

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Peter Reardon has over 30 years’ experience in mining, construction and heavy industries. He is a qualified Mining Engineer (Honours) and a former underground mine manager. After a successful career in operational roles, he started a risk consultancy Safe Production Solutions ( and has assisted many clients to manage risk and compliance across a range of industry sectors through Australasia, Canada, China, Turkey, Laos and PNG. He has trained and mentored 100’s of supervisors in the minerals industry throughout his career, and he looks forward to guiding you through your next step in your professional development.
Peter Reardon has
  • Conducted multiple significant incident investigations into incidents that have caused significant injuries (e.g.) arm amputation, paraplegic injuries; as well as significant process loss events (eg) fires. This includes team leader/facilitator on 8 independent fatal incident investigations and assistance on 30 other significant incidents. Events assisted with has included:
    • Beaconsfield Mine Collapse
    • Northparkes Airblast
    • Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids Ride
  • These investigations also included immediate advice to senior management on how to appropriately respond and manage the event such as dealing with regulators and the police in various states of Australia
  • Assistance to Mine Managers / General Managers, Directors and companies to resolve issues associated with prosecution notices (issued to individuals and companies) and assisted legal teams (for such groups as Mallesons, Blake Dawson Waldron, Sparke Helmore, Harmers, Freehills etc) to defend those prosecutions

Facilitator for over 500 complex, high level risk assessments for large organisations, and multiple risk assessments within the coal mining/processing, metalliferous and construction industries. Various methodologies utilized include HAZOP, HAZID, PHA, CHAIR, WRAC, FTA, FMEA, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Bow Tie Analysis (qualitative and quantitative). Lead auditor for over 30 major audits including Safety Management Systems, statutory legal compliance, contractor management and technical mining activities/processes (eg) shaft sinking, heavy earthmoving / traffic and project risk management.

Experience includes a risk-based approach to planning for, implementing and monitoring any size of project (> $1B) greenfield’s or brownfield’s projects, to smaller sub-projects such as new equipment (mobile or fixed), capital projects, maintenance or shutdown/turnaround programs, management systems, change management, process improvement, change from contractors to owner/operator etc). Peter has developed and implemented integrated management plans (ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO31000, ISO45001) for organisations to meet/exceed statutory requirements including Major Hazard / Catastrophic Risk Programs.

Peter Reardon has
  • Managed all underground operations at a gold mine as the registered Mine Manager
  • This included managing all processes and standards associated with drill and blast operations
  • Conducted explosives and blasting risk assessments, including use of explosives equipment
  • Developed procedures and management plans (eg) Principal Control Plans (PCP) for explosives
  • Conducted incident investigations for matters relating to blasting
  • Trained many underground supervisors in Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations (Underground) which has included this Unit of Competency
  • Assisted supervisors to prepare for their NSW Statutory oral exam to enable them to fulfil the statutory function as an Underground Mining Supervisor.

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