Blaster Certificate Reciprocity
Reciprocity applicants will complete the necessary items in the OSMRE-74 application. Applicants do not need to meet the age, experience, knowledge, competence, training or examination requirements as required to receive an issued certificate. These requirements are satisfied once the application is deemed complete and certification in an OSMRE approved state regulatory program is verified. The applicant must then obtain a photograph at the nearest OSMRE office and present two forms of identification.
Federal and State personnel sharing information
As reciprocity certifications increase, so too does the need for reliable, up-to-date information on the status of a blaster’s certificate. Currently, if an application is received for reciprocity, OSMRE must contact the state to verify certification. Then the state must manually search the certification files for the current status of blasters. OSMRE is currently developing a tracking system to facilitate certificate reviews and performance history queries. Furthermore, a blaster certificate tracking system will help identify irresponsible blasters from repeating poor performance in the OSMRE Regions and states.
OSMRE certificates issued through reciprocity require continued certification (i.e., renewed, in good standing, etc.) in the original issuing jurisdiction. If the original issuing jurisdiction suspends or revokes a certificate, OSMRE must suspend the reciprocal certificate until the original certificate is reinstated. When OSMRE revokes or suspends a reciprocal certificate, the state with original certificate will be notified about the action of any necessary action. Both OSMRE and the states depend upon the assistance of each other to carry out this part of their program and to ensure that blasters with poor performance histories are either retrained or restrained from blasting at coal mines.