To ensure current standards are being applied and the latest OH&S policies and procedures are followed, PACI has implemented a quality system to segregate those members who are current (ie active) and those who are not (ie inactive). To qualify for active status, both the membership classification and range of endorsements must be kept current. These procedures apply to members who have already attained their range of endorsements. .
Indicators1. Insurance must provide cover for supervision and/or instructional activities. Policies may not provide cover for industrial rope access activities. PACI will require proof of insurance coverage for all intended activities (provide photocopy of policy if other than through the PACI/Phillips policy).2. Members are required to conduct at least one organised (1) activity at a level consistent with their classification each 12 months. The member must have acted in a leadership or instructional capacity depending on his/her classification.
Example 1: A member with a leader classification must conduct/lead at least one (1) activity where s/he acted in a leadership capacity and was responsible for the health & safety of those under his/her charge.
Example 2: A member with an instructor classification must have conducted at least one training related activity where students reached a particular level of competency.
Example 3: A
member with an instructor trainer classification or higher must
have conducted at least one training related activity where
students reached a particular level of competency and;
-signed log book entries-signed letter from employer stating the nature of the activity-statutory declaration-assessment verification form with student signature (for instructors and higher classifications)-signed letter from client/student Note: If you have become qualified as a PACI instructor/leader during the previous calendar year, active status for the next calendar year will be automatic.3. Members are required to keep their vertical rescue skills current. A structured sequence of rescue skills must be practiced and logged at least once each calendar year. The log is to be signed and verified by the person who was simulating the role of casualty. PACI recommends that members seek the services of a qualified instructor trainer who will be able to provide valuable critique and guidance. Skills that must be practiced include:
a) assist a casualty to safe ground using abseiling techniques (unassisted); andProcedure: Casualty shall be positioned on a fixed rope in a hanging position where no ledges can be used for support. Casualties rope is deliberately deployed too short with a large stopper knot tied in the end. Casualty is to descend and jam stopper knot into his/her descending device. Rescuer shall approach from above using abseiling techniques and extract casualty off his/her rope unaided and without assistance. Rescuer and casualty must reach safe ground together. The rescue procedure must be completed within six (6) minutes. Time is calculated from moment of contact with casualty to moment descent begins.
1. Currency Members are required to personally participate in each given endorsement at least once every 12 months. The member must have applied knowledge and skills to achieve a planned objective. The member is not required to have acted in a formal leadership/instructional capacity in the undertaking of the activity. The member may maintain his/her currency by actively undertaking each given endorsement for leisure.
2. Proof of currency Proof must be supplied to PACI that the member has personally taken steps to maintain his/her skill proficiency for each given endorsement. Acceptable proof may include:
-signed log book entries-signed letter from employer verifying that the member personally undertook the activity-statutory declaration signed before a JP-assessment verification form with student signature indicating endorsement area-signed letter from client/student verifying endorsement area Note: If you have become qualified as a PACI instructor/leader during the previous calendar year, active status for the next calendar year will be automatic.3. Special conditions for depth and breadth of experience Special conditions apply to members who have gained the equivalent of five (5) consecutive years experience in an endorsement area. Theses conditions include:
1) a member may miss one (1) year of practice in a given endorsement and not lose active status; and2) a gap year may subsequently occur once in each two (2) year cycle after the initial five (5) years continuous experience has been attained.4. Special conditions for physical disabilities If a member subsequently acquires a disability which interferes with his/her ability to personally engage in an endorsement, that member may still continue to conduct/supervise participants/students within that endorsement area subject to the following conditions:
a) the member has a trained competent vertical rescue operator on hand at the training site who is capable of responding to an emergency; andINACTIVE STATUS If the conditions for active status cannot be met, the member will be placed into inactive status. Members can regain active status at any time by fulfilling the stipulated requirements. A member may become inactive for selected endorsements but maintain active status for others.