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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare for blasting
  2. Prepare explosives
  3. Place charges
  4. Fire charges
  5. Conduct post-firing procedures

Required Skills

Required skills

use explosives safely and effectively according to enterprise requirements

dispose of surplus defective or unwanted detonators or explosives safely

correctly and uniformly mix explosives components

apply the regulations relating to explosives use according to enterprise requirements

use literacy skills to read interpret and follow organisational policies and procedures follow sequenced written instructions record accurately and legible information collected and select and apply procedures for a range of tasks

use oral communication skillslanguage competence to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation including questioning techniques active listening clarifying information and consulting with supervisors as required

use numeracy skills to estimate calculate and record routine workplace measures

use interpersonal skills to work with and relate to people from a range of cultural social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities

Required knowledge

fire precautions and prevention procedures

appropriate explosives mixing procedures

the calculation of explosives quantities

explosives preparation placement firing and post firing procedures

the regulations relating to explosives use in the enterprise

relevant standards issued by Standards Association of Australia

related environmental issues and risks to livestock including poisoning

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following

obtain the appropriate permits and licenses for blasting

inform neighbours and post notices for blasting

prepare the blast site to place the explosive

prepare explosives and the initiator device according to best safety practice and regulations

place and fire charges according to best safety practice and regulations

conduct postfiring procedures for misfires site checks the disposal of surplus unserviceable and defective explosives and recording procedures

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances