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Stability Issues at the Entrances to Yorkshire Dales Caves
To All it May Concern
It has been brought to our attention by various sources that there are potential stability issues in some of the entrances to led group caving/mine exploration venues in the North of England. The instability is a naturally occurring process, but may have been accelerated by the recent spells of very cold weather and the freeze/thaw process.
The venue in question currently is Runscar Cave – Runscar 4 Lower Exit
Overhead instability is a known hazard, particularly at entrances to underground venues, and after extreme weather events such as very heavy rain or very cold periods of snow and ice.
A reminder is given to all BCA Cave Leaders and Instructors, and recreational cavers alike, to be aware of the issues and to ensure that an adequate risk assessment of any caving activity venue is made on each and every visit, in line with advice given on training courses.
Graham Derbyshire Area Liaison Officer, Northern Panel BCA Local Cave and Mine Leader Assessment Scheme.4 April 2018
Don't forget to check the expiry date on your CIC or LCMLA certificate. You must update it before that date. Reminders are now sent out a year in advance but we can't guarantee their arrival - the post can let us down and you may have moved house.26 March 2018
The BCA’s Qualifications Management Committee (QMC) has a policy of fair and equitable allocation of courses as far as practicably possible, through the Local Panels and CIC Panel. These are itemised below for clarity.
LCMLA Training and assessment courses – candidates are free to choose any Trainer/Assessor (T/A) within the guidelines in the LCMLA Handbook. T/As can advertise their courses on the BCA website, but charges are not advertised.
CIC Training courses - candidates are free to choose any CIC T/A
CIC assessment modules – candidates choose their main assessor. BCA Training Administrator allocates the Module 2 assessor on a rota basis
LCMLA Update workshops – Local Panels allocate the provision of these to T/As on a rota basis CIC Update workshops – CIC Panel allocate these on a rota basis
Core Skills Reassessments (CSR)–candidates apply using the appropriate form. Once QMC agree a CSR is required the BCA Training Administrator allocates a local T/A( for LCMLA) or CIC T/A (for CIC) on a rota basis
LCMLA T/A Workshops – these are allocated to Local Panels to agree who runs these when required by QMC
Membership of QMC – Local Panels agree Area Liaison Officers (ALOs) who have a place on QMC. CIC Panel agree the reps they send.
The proposed route to appoint Chair and Deputy Chair (as noted in QMC minutes 26 2 18) is to advertise the positions to T/As in the near future and hold a recruitment exercise (to be discussed next meeting).
Membership of Local Panels – the appointment of new T/As has been handed back to Local Panels They are best placed to recognise the market requirements in their area
The BCA Training Administrator does not suggest specific T/As to prospective cave leaders.