Certification for Coal Mine Surface Blasters


Training and Examination Session for Coal Mine Surface Blasters
The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining conducts a training session for coal mine surface blasters in the state of Utah, during the week of September 21-25, 2015. The session will be held at the Price Field Office 6319 North Cabonville road Price, Ken Eltsohlager from The Office of Surface Mining, Pittsburgh, PA, will conduct the training

Training will be three days from October 18-20, 2016. A scientific calculator is required.

Each training program will culminate in an examination to be administered by the course instructor. Following the training and examination, the Division will review each applicant's requisite one year of blasting experience, examination results, completed application, and instructor recommendation, and determine whether the applicant qualifies for certification as a coal mine surface blaster under Utah Admin. R645-105.

Questions on the application process or the training and examination session for coal mine surface blasters may be directed to Cheryl Parker (801) 538-5286 or Amanda Daniels (801) 538-5262. Send completed applications to:

Vickie Southwick
Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210
Box 145801 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801
(801) 538-5304 FAX (801) 359-3940

Blaster training and certification are an annual offering by the Division and occur around the first of the New Year. Follow this page for related information.

You can get a copy of the Surface Coal Mine Blaster Certification Application Form in Acrobat .PDF format by clicking HERE. (You must have the Acrobat Reader to view/complete/print or a full version of Acrobat to save the completed form with the completed information.)

Blasting at Non-Coal Mines
Blasting at non-coal mines may be regulated by some federal agencies, depending on the nature of the blasting activity. The Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) regulates health and safety standards when using or working near explosive materials in mines. The federal Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulates the importation, manufacture, distribution and storage of explosives. The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the interstate and intrastate transportation of explosives. Blasting may also be regulated by some local agencies. Contact local municipal and/or county authorities for any rules and regulations or permit requirements related to mine blasting.

General Blasting Requirement in Utah
Construction and contractor blasters should contact the Division of Occupational/Professional Licensing at http://www.dopl.utah.gov or at (801) 530-6628 or Toll-Free in Utah (866) 275-3675 for information regarding S310 Excavation & Grading Contractor Licenses.