Monthly Archives: September 2015

ARCA Publishes Guidance Note on Clients Responsibilities when appointing Asbestos Contractors

ARCA has today published a Guidance Note on the responsibilities clients have when appointing asbestos contractors.

The human cost of asbestos disease is devastating, however significant exposure is avoidable when asbestos removal projects are well managed. As clients are at the head of the procurement chain they have the final say on how these projects are managed, therefore they are in a position to play a major part in ensuring that asbestos exposure is avoided.

The aim of this guidance is to help clients meet their legal requirements so that asbestos is dealt with in a controlled and safe manner. Therefore this Guidance Note references clients’ legal duties, including those under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

“Clients are not expected to be experts in either construction work or asbestos work, however, they are responsible for ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place to manage and organise projects,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“This means appointing suitably competent people – such as ARCA members who are independently audited asbestos removal contractors and ATaC members who are UKAS accredited asbestos analysts – and providing them with sufficient information, time and resources to do the job properly. All helping to ensure projects are well planned and managed for the health and safety of the workforce, and also the public.” 

This Guidance Note is now available as a free download on the ARCA web site.

ARCA launch range of specialist services

Unique knowledge pool supports licensed asbestos removal contractors

ARCA today launched a range of specialist services for asbestos removal contractors. This comprehensive range of services has been developed to provide expert support and advice for the management and delivery of safe operations in this hazardous industry.

ARCA’s team of experts in asbestos management, auditing and the Health & Safety Executive licensing requirements, provide member companies with a unique knowledge pool to call upon.

“All businesses need effective management and health & safety systems. In our industry this is particularly crucial,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “We are committed to providing the best service and advice to our members, so have continually developed our service offering. Today I am pleased to say that ARCA is able to offer a unique range of services to support the industry.”

Specialist services from ARCA include; management system review; a full review of procedures to support an asbestos removal licence renewal; competent advice; communication with regulators and clients; as well as bespoke consultancy tailored to specific needs.

Delivering sound advice and information; professionally, confidentially and timely; to support a wide range of business needs, is ARCA’s commitment to the Association’s members.

Find out more about how ARCA can support you and your business at ARCA Services

More candidates join the ARCA ILM qualification

More candidates have commenced ARCA’s ILM Level 4 Certificate in Leadership & Management qualification, by taking the ‘Motivating People in the Workplace’ unit.

“This was a very interesting unit to develop and deliver, especially to candidates who were so enthusiastic and interactive. They were motivated!” commented James Mennell, ARCA Trainer & Assessor. “We covered theories of motivation and how some well-known companies have put these into practice, relating this information to the asbestos industry.”

“It was encouraging to talk to candidates, who have different experiences within the industry, on how they could see this knowledge being applied to their role, in their business.”

The ARCA trainers who delivered the first ‘Motivating People in the Workplace’ unit received some complimentary feedback.

“A very interesting and thought provoking course, which was well presented.” Colin McCartney of Damada Asbestos Removal Ltd.

“Well done ARCA trainers. They made a complicated subject easy to understand and enjoyable.” Chris Dobson of Thompsons of Prudhoe Ltd.

“The ARCA trainers captured my full attention for the two days with well presented and interesting material.” Philip Sayer of Esoteric Environmental.

“A good course which the trainers presented very well.” Rick Bradbury of Bradley Demolition Ltd.

“Thank you ARCA for a well delivered and very informative course” Willie Docherty of Stork.

 Be a leader in the asbestos industry – find out more about the ARCA ILM qualification