THEORETICAL WORKSHOP FOR EXPLOSIVES HANDLERS
From the 18th until the 21st of January, Domingo Mora, Asset Security, conducted a workshop in the county of Illapel on theoretical components for Explosives Handlers.
The free workshop was offered to people form a variety of specialties and sectors of the mining industry. The activity had great success with more than 20 participants returning each day. During the course of the workshop, Mora explained different theoretical elements of explosives, including basic definitions, a historical overview, general characteristics of explosives, mining terminology, igniting approaches, the legal aspects of Law 17.798 Control of Arms and Explosives, audit authorities, roles of programmers and handlers, facilities and transporting explosives, risk prevention, among many other subjects.
Mora commented, “for me it is important because in this country there is a deficit of Explosives Handlers. This threatens the safety of people, as most of them work without any support that endorses them before the law in the case of an accident.”
“These trainings are expensive and difficult to carry out, not to mention that there are very few able trainers. Personally, I am motivated to be able to share my knowledge because it can bring about positive effects in the mining labor force,” he added.
According to the course’s attendees, it was a huge success. Jessica Tapia, Risk Prevention Technician, explained her experience at the workshop, “for me the experience was great. First of all, for many of us who are here this course serves a great purpose because of the majors we studied. In my case that is risk prevention but there are also many mining technicians and attendees that have worked in the mining industry.
Education is the first step in training, and workshops such as this are important in order to prepare workers and improve the mining labor force. The attendees from this course were motivated to learn about this subject and the information serves them now and further down the road in their careers. Jessica commented, “All of us here are more than grateful for this entire experience, and hopefully the course will be repeated. These are certificates that will remain as support for us, and that serve us in our work as well as on our CV. This training will help us and is obviously very useful for us.”
Everyone that attended the course received a certification to be presented to audit authorities. Due to its great success, this same activity will be replicated in the county of Salamanca in the upcoming weeks.