With the release of Radon Underground 2020 on the BCA website, there is new HSE approved guidance for cave and mine leaders to follow regarding radon exposure. All BCA award holders will have received a link to a BCA training video and you can find more information on the BCA website.
One of the new requirements is for cave and mine leaders to monitor their radon exposure using the Simple Exposure Scheme or the Detailed Exposure Scheme as set out in Radon Underground. Before trying to use either system you should have passed your Radon Training module, something that is likely to become essential for future employment.
I have used the data made available by BCA to produce a Universal Simple Exposure Scheme spreadsheet than can be used by anyone in any region so long as they fit the criteria for using a SES system. Before using this tool, you must have taken the BCA Radon Training module and passed the test at the end. You should also have read Radon Underground 2020. The duty to use the appropriate tools and remain legally compliant is with the individual and no responsibility for errors or compliance is accepted by the author.
I hope to be able to release a template Universal Radon Exposure Estimator for the Detailed Exposure Scheme in the near future. Until then, those needing that level of monitoring should join PICA or a similar body to access any data and tools needed.
Cave / Mine Leader
Until recently I maintained a list of all the LCMLA modules here, along with downloadable syllabus documents. The BCA Qualifications Management Committee have now produced these internally and my versions are no longer needed.
You can download all the Training and Assessment syllabus documents from the BCA website here:
Cave Instructor Certificate (inc Mine Module)
As above with the LCMLA content, the BCA website now has a host of useful downloads and my notes are no longer needed. See the BCA website CIC pages for details:
Guidance Notes Produced By Me
I also provide additional material for LCMLA courses which are entirely produced by myself for the use of my clients on training courses and in preparation for assessment. As you will no doubt be told on my courses, my commitment to your development is an ongoing one after the training course and you can contact me by email at any time for additional help and resources.
You can also look at my personal blog for additional learning resources like rigging guides and mineral ID aids.
LCMLA North Wales Panel Handouts
You can download a copy of the standard LCMLA LCML course handouts for the North Wales Trainer Assessor Panel of the BCA. They were originally written around 1994 by Dave Baines, Dena Proctor, Adrian Pierce and Mike Cousins (amongst others no doubt) at the inception of the Local Mine Leader Scheme. I have updated these excellent documents to make them more current and also shift the focus a little bit from purely mining to the caving side as well. They are freely available to all clients on LCMLA courses run by either myself or any North Wales Panel member and are also available to download through other web sites.