From 27 October 2017 two new mining classes of registration will come into effect. The new classes are Electrical Inspector (Mining Endorsed) and Electrician (Mining Endorsed).
Current Electrical Inspectors and Electricians will remain in those classes, but changes to their limits of work mean they are no longer permitted to perform prescribed electrical work in a mining operation.
There is a transitional pathway for people currently performing prescribed electrical work in a mining operation.
Electrical Inspectors and Electricians (Mining Endorsed)
- complete training/competence programme or:
- during transition period submit employment reference
- submit paper application for endorsement — free of charge
- Prescribed Electrical Work (PEW) currently being carried out can be continued
- can work in a mining operation
- upgraded ID cards will be distributed commencing October 2017
- view limits of work
- view requirements for endorsement
Electrical Inspectors and Electricians (other)
Frequently asked questions
What is a Mining Operation?
For the purposes of electrical worker registration and licensing a Mining Operation is defined in the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 Section 4 by reference to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 schedule 3, Part 1, clause 2.
- means the extraction of coal and minerals and the place at which the extraction is carried out; and
- includes any of the following activities and the place at which they are carried out:
- exploring for coal:
- mining for coal or minerals:
- processing coal or minerals associated with a mine:
- producing or maintaining tailings, spoil heaps, and waste dumps:
- the excavation, removal, handling, transport, and storage of coal, minerals, substances, contaminants, and wastes at the place where the activities described in subparagraphs (i) to (iv) are carried out:
- the construction, operation, maintenance, and removal of plant and buildings at the place where the activities described in subparagraphs (i) to (iv) are carried out:
- preparatory, maintenance, and repair activities associated with the activities described in subparagraphs (i) to (iv); and
- a tourist mining operation:
- a tunnelling operation; but
- does not include—
- exploring for minerals:
- an alluvial mining operation:
- a mining operation wholly on or under the seabed on the seaward side of the mean high-water mark:
- a quarrying operation.
Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 Section 4 — New Zealand Legislation
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 schedule 3, Part 1, clause 2 — New Zealand Legislation
What training/competency programme is required to obtain a mining endorsement?
During the transitional period an applicant who:
- is currently licensed and working in a mining operation
- has provided the necessary reference
- has been assessed as having fundamental competencies required for their area of work in a mining operation
is eligible to receive the endorsement.
What should an employer’s (mining permit holder) reference state in support of an application for a mining endorsement?
Employment references should include the type of mine, any relevant training and qualifications, duration of employment and suitable experience.
How can I apply for an endorsement?
Download the Re-registration application form which can be used until 27th October 2017
Is there a cost to re-register?
Re-registration is free if you are have been working as an Electrician or Inspector in a mining operation prior to October 27th 2017
Does all prescribed electrical work in a mining operation require a mining endorsement?
The term mining operation is defined in clause 2 of Schedule 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. See the full Mining Operation clause.
The definition specifies the areas of a mine that are included and which require an endorsement. It focuses on those areas where there are increased safety risks.
When the definition is read it is clear that an area such as an administration office which is on the mine grounds would not fall within the definition of mining operation. As such prescribed electrical work in the administration office would not require an endorsement.
Similarly prescribed electrical work involving underground or overhead electric lines, supplying power to the operation would not require an endorsement unless the area being worked on fell into one of the areas listed in the definition.
It is important that you read and understand the definition and, if in doubt, it is recommended that you take a conservative approach and use a licensed person with an endorsement.
As an electrical inspector, I carry out periodic assessments of equipment and conductors at alluvial mining operation and quarrying operations. Am I required to hold an EWRB mining endorsement?
Electrical inspectors that have the required competencies and are currently carrying out periodic assessment of equipment and conductors at alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations as required by Part 5 A regulation 78 D of the Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010 are not required to hold an EWRB mining endorsement and can continue to carry out these assessments.
The term mining operation is defined in clause 2 of Schedule 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. It specifies in the Mining Operations clause that alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations fall outside areas restricted to person required to hold a mining endoresment.