The safety and wellbeing of those participating in underground exploration is of paramount importance, and the BCA works hard to improve caving safety.
Equipment & Techniques
Like many things, caving is safe if done properly. The BCA works hard to research and publicise the safest equipment and techniques for use in British Caving. Some of the key outcomes of this work is:
- Anchor Policy
- Our full Anchor Policy Document outlining expectations for RCCs and those involved in anchor installation.
- Safety Information for Cavers Using Resin Bonded Anchors
- Key safety messages about the use of any BCA-approved resin bonded anchors
- Comparison of Alpine and Cavers Butterfly Knots
- An in-depth comparison of these two types of butterfly knot with recommendations.
- Warning about use of Pulley and Jammer Combo
- A warning about dangers associated to using a pulley and jammer in combination when hauling or belaying.
Find out more about the work being done by the Equipment & Techniques Committee.
Research has demonstrated that the air in most caves and mines contains varying concentrations of the radioactive gas radon (Rn) and its daughter products. This can present a health risk to cavers, and as such the BCA is invested in assessing and quantifying these risks, and developing guidelines for mitigating them. Key results of this research include:
- A key document outlining all the BCA currently knows with respect to Radon underground
Find out more about the work being done by the Radon Working Group.
The BCA’s advice on Leptospirosis can be found here. It is important that if you think you may have leptospirosis that you tell the medical professional that you are at high risk of it compared to the general population.