Monthly Archives: November 2015

ARMI publishes Guidance on ‘Competency within the Asbestos Removal Industry’


Competency in licensed industry is vital for health & safety

ARMI Competency guidance v1The Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI), the professional body for asbestos removal management professionals, has today published guidance on ‘Competency within the Asbestos Removal Industry,’ as endorsed by the Asbestos Liaison Group (ALG).

The aim of this document is to support all asbestos licence holders by providing guidance on how to produce an effective competency management system, including the use of Training Needs Analysis (TNA).

Competencies are the skills, abilities, knowledge and behaviours that lead to successful performance.  In the licensed asbestos removal industry it is vital that individuals – operatives, supervisors and managers – have appropriate competencies to carry out their roles.  Therefore asbestos licence holders need to be able to demonstrate the competency of their staff, so providing greater confidence that asbestos will be dealt with in a safe manner.

To support antivirals asbestos licence holders this new guidance describes a process of continuous performance management – a six-step cycle:

Establish roles  >  Agree performance standards  >  Collect evidence  >  Produce Training Needs Analysis (TNA)  >  Provide training  >  On-going assessment

This process will help asbestos licence holders achieve and maintain compliance with legal requirements. Also, having a defined set of competencies, related to performance standards for each role, demonstrates the standards of work that this organisation expects. This benefits the organisation, in terms of customer service and confidence, and the personal development of individual employees.

This guidance document also includes; competency tables defining key elements associated with core practical removal competencies, supervisory and management functions, and illustrative examples of how the guidance may be used by small and large organisations.

This guidance document is available as a free download on the ARMI web site

ARCA Members support the Alzheimer’s Society

ARCA present cheque to Alzheimers SocietyARCA members raised over £12,500 to support the valuable work undertaken by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is rising. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading charity, funding research, providing support and campaigning for people affected by dementia. For example, the Society has almost 3,000 community-based services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing practical and emotional support for people with dementia and their carers.  Also the Society funds research, and by 2017 aims to increase spend to at least £10 million a year on new research projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“At the Alzheimer’s Society we believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so we are here to support anyone affected by dementia or worried about dementia. We also campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of the condition,” commented Julie Lee of the Alzheimer’s Society.  “As a charity we rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. So a big thank you to all those who helped raise this donation.”

The Alzheimer’s Society was the ARCA Chairman’s charity of choice, therefore, John Horsfall, past Chairman of ARCA and Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, went to the Society’s office in York to present the donation to Julie Lee, the Society’s Community Fundraiser for North & West Yorkshire.