Peak Instructed Caving Affiliation

The Peak Instructed Caving Affiliation

PICA is an organisation covering the Peak District and surrounding areas.

PICA is a constituent body of the Derbyshire Caving Association.

About Us

PICA’s remit is:

  • To disseminate safety and conservation information about the caves and mines that can be used for LCMLA and CIC led trips in our region
  • To be a discussion forum for professional users of the underground environment
  • To periodically organise the measuring of radon levels within the cave and mine sites of our region and provide this information to our members
  • To facilitate the inspection of a number of local disused mines and maintain a rolling programme of safety inspections and to provide details of approved ‘blue routes’ within those venues
  • To liaise with the DCA about anchor installation for use by instructed groups and LCMLA training

Membership is open to any individuals or organisations that lead groups in caves or abandoned mines in a professional, voluntary or commercial capacity. Our membership is divided into 4 categories (definitions available on the Public Documents page). The current (Set at 2020 AGM) membership subscription rates are as follows:

  • Voluntary Groups (e.g. Scouts) £35
  • Individuals £35
  • Sole Traders (small organisations, sole traders and Trainer/Assessors) £65
  • Organisations (any company with employed staff, e.g. outdoor centres) £185

Annual membership runs from April to March along with the tax year. New members joining between April and September will pay the full annual fee. New members joining between October and March will pay 50% of the annual fee. All memberships must be renewed each April.

PICA meets at least twice a year. An AGM is usually held in March followed immediately by an Ordinary meeting. An Ordinary meeting is usually held in October or November.

PICA Officers are voted in each year at the AGM. PICA operates with a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer as well as a number of representatives from the different sectors of the outdoor industry.


Mine Inspection Reports

Annual ‘blue route’ and safety inspection reports from a qualified Mine Engineer. These are required in order to meet your legal duties under the Bootle Agreement between the BCA, HSE, AALS and the Mines Inspectorate for the use of abandoned mines by instructed parties.

Radon Monitoring

If you operate in caves or mines in the Peak District area, you are almost certainly in a position where the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 apply to you. As an employer or self-employed person, you have a legal requirement to monitor radon exposure for any worker or member of the public under your care in an environment with an atmospheric concentration of more that 300Bqm3 of radon-222.
PICA has a large body of radon data and estimation tools to help you meet your legal duties under IRR2017. By pooling our funds to address this requirement, PICA may be saving individual providers thousands of pounds a year over arranging their own compliance.

Access & Safety Works

With our members working together with the volunteers of the Derbyshire Caving Association, PICA maintains safe access to a number of cave and mine sites in the area. Your membership fee helps contribute to this work, keeping more locations available for instructed parties to use.

Additionally, PICA members benefit from a regular programme of meetings, being on an email group for rapid dissemination of safety information and direct representation at DCA, who are members of the British Caving Association.

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