Certification for Coal Mine Surface Blasters

Training and Examination Session for Coal Mine Surface Blasters
The Division has received notice that Reo Barney, Wyoming Blasting Program Manager, will be conducting a Blaster Certification class for coal mine surface blasters in Rock Springs, Wyoming from May 16-18, 2023. The class will consist of two days of lecture and a third day for the certification exam. This class and exam will fulfill the State of Utah requirements for new and renewal blaster certifications as specified in R645-105. Anyone may attend the class; however, a minimum of 18 months’ blasting experience is required to take the exam. A minimum of one year of blasting experience is required for certification from the State of Utah, and a minimum of two years’ blasting experience is required for certification from the State of Wyoming.

The class will be held at Wyoming Machinery Company, 1940 Elk St, Rock Springs, WY 82901. If you plan to attend the class and apply for Utah blaster certification, please complete an application form for each person applying and return the forms to Levy Woodruff. See below for a link to download the application form and for Levy's contact information

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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 Levy Woodruff (801) 538-5352
Send completed applications to:

Levy Woodruff
Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210
Box 145801 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801
(801) 538-5352 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.