Q. WILL BRAMM PROVIDE BURIAL AUTHORITIES WITH INFORMATION OF A TECHNICAL NATURE?
A. If your Burial Authority is registered with BRAMM, this service is available.
Q. PLEASE CAN YOU ADVISE ON A PROPOSED SINGLE REGISTRATION SCHEME?
A. Both the BRAMM Scheme and the RQMF (NAMM) Scheme work to British Standard 8415. However, as both BRAMM and RQMF are organised independently and delivered by different Training Providers and Assessment Methodology, they have different qualifications.
Note: BRAMM has tried to agree a single registration scheme with NAMM which will avoid this situation, but NAMM Management do not currently wish to enter into such discussions.
Q. WHAT IS THE BRAMM REGISTRATION CRITERIA FOR BURIAL AUTHORITIES?
A. Following suggestions from Burial Authorities; BRAMM have now simplified the criteria required for BRAMM Burial Authority Registration.
To help with this, BRAMM now simply require that Burial Authorities ensure that under the BRAMM Scheme:
· All Memorials are required to be erected to the current British Standard 8415.
· Recognise the BRAMM Register and allow BRAMM accredited masons to safely erect memorials in their cemeteries.
In return BRAMM, which is significantly the largest Register of Accredited Memorial Masons and Burial Authorities in the UK and free to Burial Authorities, will provide the BA with several benefits, including FREE technical advice.
The Burial Authority can use other registration schemes within their cemeteries, if they wish. BRAMM will obviously be responsible for memorials erected under the BRAMM Scheme by BRAMM Registered Memorial Masons.
BRAMM is fully supported and endorsed by the leading industry organisations:
· ICCM ~ Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management,
· FBCA ~ Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities,
· SLCC ~ Society of Local Council Clerks.
· CWGC ~ Commonwealth War Graves Commission
· EJA ~ Ecclesiastical Judges Association
The above organisations have equal representation and sit alongside the Independent Memorial Masons on the BRAMM Board to ensure fair, transparent and non-biased discussion and decision making.
For further details on BRAMM Burial Authority Registration please contact BRAMM’s Head Office on 01452 346741 or emails us <email@example.com> if preferred.
Q. I HAVE SEEN ADVICE THAT WE SHOULD REGISTER WITH YOURSELVES AS A BURIAL AUTHORITY, BUT WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DECLARATION THAT WE COMPLY WITH BS8415 BECAUSE WE DON’T CARRY OUT BURIALS OURSELVES AND ARE NOT ABLE TO INSPECT HEADSTONES.
A. For a Burial Authority to be a BRAMM Burial Authority they simply have to ask that new memorials are erected safely (in compliance with the current BS 8415) and that the mason/fixers are registered with BRAMM.
If the Burial Authority re-fixes memorials in the cemetery this work should be carried out by BRAMM qualified fixers.
BRAMM does not cover the safety inspection of memorials, but recommends that you contact ICCM for information about the courses they organise. Please contact: Julie Dunk, Tel. 020 8989 466 or email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MoJ recommend Cemetery Safety Inspections be carried out every five years or less depending on the perceived risk the memorial presents.