Synergy Between Freeport Indonesia and Geology, Mineral, Energy, Coal Human Resources Development Center Preparing Competent Associate Blasting Workers

08 July 2022

In order to prepare competent associate blasting workers, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) collaborated with the Geology, Mineral, Energy, Coal Human Resources Development Center, or Pusat Pengembangan Sumber Daya Manusia (PPSDM Geominerba) organizing an In-house Training, session namely the ‘Third Batch Associate Blasting Workers’.

A total of 25 workers who all are employees of PT Freeport Indonesia participated in a 5-day blended learning session from July 4 to July 8, 2022; the participants were assembled in one classroom and the speaker(s) provided the briefing material via zoom.

In order to be able to become an associate worker requires having specific abilities, a part and responsibility, which assists in the task of a blasting operator when implementing the prevailing regulations. Thus, in order that implementing blasting activities during mining explorations run accordingly, as well as safely, competent associate blasting workers are required.

The duties of an associate blaster (worker) comprise the job of transporting detonator-sensitive explosives, primary-sensitive explosives and mixtures to the blast site, formulating/preparing explosives, administering the explosives stockpiles, preparing primer, filling explosives into explosive pits, and connecting explosives.

Proper blasting results are expedient in planning, implementing and evaluating environmental management and/or monitoring, which become the responsibility of the Chief of Mining Engineering.

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