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Blasting for Non Blasting Managers (Northern Ireland edition) Training Course Available Now

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Posted 07.05.21
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MP Skills are proud to announce the latest addition to their training course catalogue.

Accredited by MP Awards, the ‘Blasting for Non-Blasting Managers’ course has initially been designed to accommodate the demand for training in Northern Ireland, but will be available to the rest of the UK in the not-too-distant future.

Spanning across four days, the classroom-based learning will benefit Supervisors or Managers, who are responsible for blasting operations on site, but who are not appointed as the
Explosives Supervisor under the Quarry Regulations 1999, Reg 25.1(b).

The purpose of the course is to provide learners with sufficient knowledge and an understanding of blasting operations which will in turn, strengthen the ability to manage the undertaking of a blast onsite.

The training will also give delegates the level of understanding required to successfully complete the knowledge assessment criteria, for the MPQC Level 6 Award in Managing Quarry Drilling and Blasting Vocational Qualification (VQ).

Attendees can expect to cover content inclusive of

Use of explosives at Quarries in Northern Ireland, covering in particular:

  • Legal Context, Licencing, Operators Duties, Quarry Development Plan, Appointments,
    Duty Holders, Competence and Geological Features
  • The chemistry of explosives, designing a blast from first principles and blast calculations
  • Control of fly rock and borehole geometry
  • Charging blast holes
  • Profiling: interpretation and use
  • Explosives: constituents and physical characteristics, types of explosives, bulk truck operations and disposal of explosives
  • Initiation systems and initiation patterns
  • Causes of misfires, recognition of misfires and misfire investigation
  • Checking and approving blast specifications

The content will be delivered through short lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, case studies and practical instruction.

Upon successful course completion, attendees will receive an MPQC Certificate of training.

Neil Peacock, MP Skills General Manager stated,

It’s an exciting time at MP Skills, we’re thrilled to be able to offer this course to our Northern Irish counterparts, who have identified the need for this type of training, who see it as investment in strengthening operational competencies, across their workforce and indeed their sites.

The delivery team can’t wait to get back into the classroom (ensuring complete adhesion to all Government stipulated COVID-19 guidelines), to share their knowledge, and present the content in an engaging, insightful and inclusive way. The learning will give attendees the tools that they need to professionally develop themselves, through a positive learning experience”.

The course has been created to facilitate a minimum amount of six learners and a maximum of twelve.

For further details or to make a booking, please contact Maggi Pelling, on 0115 983 6580 or email enquiries@mpskills.co.uk

For information regarding the United Kingdom version of this course, click here. 


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