Exploration Drill Site Safety

About the course

This course was developed in response to overwhelming demand from mining and exploration companies conducting exploration projects. Increasing SHE requirements from mining and exploration houses has resulted in geologists and safety professionals having to make decisions about safety issues for which they are not necessarily prepared and so this program is designed to fill this very real gap.

The course is designed to provide delegates with the necessary understanding of the physical aspects of drilling, drill rig operation, capacities of drilling equipment, modes of failure and other important foundational information. The emphasis of the second day is the application of the principles learned during the first day to identify drill site hazards. 

The course is specifically designed so that the principles learned can be applied to any drilling method - diamond core drilling, rotary percussion drilling, dual tube reverse circulation drilling and sonic drilling.

The course takes place over two full days and will run from 08:00 to 16:00 on both days. For delegates to gain full value from this important training course it is essential that they attend for the full duration of the course and are requested to ensure that their travel and other plans allow for full attendance. Each delegate will receive a 'Mine Health and Safety Act' book, training manual and notes as well as a certificate of attendance.

Who should attend?

The course will be invaluable to anyone involved in any exploration drilling project     - exploration geologists, geology managers, project engineers, safety officers and safety managers. 

Course outline

  •  The legal aspects of exploration drilling
  •  The fundamentals of risk assessment
  •  Hazard identification
  •  Personnel, environmental and procedural requirements
  •  Barriers to improving SHE performance


Next course: Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 October 2017, Benvenuto, Kelland, Johannesburg

To register, please complete the online registration form.

Feedback from previous course participants

‘'Very well presented''
- Daniel Hugo, Anglo American

'…Given me a lot more ideas to help improve my drill sites and help my drill crews'’          - Brent Smith,  African Mining and Exploration

“Definitely encourage all drillers and mining companies to take this training course”         – Dian Page, The MSA Group (Pty) Ltd

''Will definitely recommend (the course) to our management for our whole site to attend this course. I would like to attend more courses in the future''   
- Chantel Clarke, EON Consulting

'Very good course. Definitely learnt a lot'’ 
- Ricardo Gonsalves, Anglo American Thermal Coal

"...through these lessons, I hope we can make the drilling industry safe”  
- Simon Mabolani, De Beers.