Monthly Archives: February 2017

ARCA joins the Contamination Expo Series 2017

Association supports event in its second year

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, has signed up to the Contamination Expo Series 2017 to be held on 27-28 September at ExCel London.

The Contamination Expo Series was launched last year to tackle solutions to contamination across six sectors, including hazardous waste.

“Last year we were very pleased with the results following attending the first Contamination Expo,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “We had a successful event meeting both members and potential members, and talking to end-clients from different sectors, therefore joining the event again this year was an easy decision.”

“This event will give us a platform to continue communicating how to safely manage asbestos, highlighting property owners and managers’ legal responsibilities, and how ARCA and its members can support them. Also, it will be an opportunity to promote the Association’s aim of continually raising professional standards and how ARCA membership is a means of reassurance for end-clients.”

“We are delighted to have the support of ARCA again this year as having asbestos experts at the event is crucial,” stated Daniel Rogers, Event Director of the Contamination Expo Series. “We will work closely with this leading trade association to help drive the messages about asbestos to the professionals involved in managing the health and safety risks associated with asbestos in buildings.”

This year, due to the expansion of the event, it is to take place on the earlier dates of 27th and 28th September 2017. Entrance to the exhibition will be free – tickets can be ordered on the event’s website – and will feature free to attend seminars.

ARCA retains ISO 9001 with flying colours

For the last twelve years ARCA has followed and been audited annually under the ISO 9001 quality management system.

The ARCA management system describes procedures and processes to be followed in order to prove the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and audit services.

“Last week ARCA was audited as part of this quality management system to check conformity to the standard,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

“I’m delighted to say that no non-conformities were reported and no opportunities for improvement identified. This is a great testimony to all the staff who work towards delivering a first-class service.”

ARCA has preparations towards ISO 9001: 2015 well underway for meeting compliance within the transition period ending September 2018.

ARCA Announces the First NVQ for Experienced Operatives

Association delivers routes to CSCS cards

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) announces the availability of the first National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for experienced asbestos removal operatives in the UK.

For asbestos removal operatives to gain access to work on many construction sites they require a CSCS card. The application criteria to obtain a CSCS card is changing and operatives will need to hold an ‘NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos’. Due to these forthcoming requirements ARCA has developed NVQ assessment options for both experienced operatives and for those with less experience in the role.

“Changes to the requirements needed for operatives to gain a CSCS card <blue skilled worker card> were announced last year. ARCA immediately began to develop assessment options to enable operatives to gain an NVQ, and thereby apply for CSCS cards. I’m pleased to say, after a lot of work by the team at ARCA, these qualifications are now available to support members and the industry,” commented Grant Beglan, Chairman of ARCA.

Operatives, with over a years’ experience but less than three years’ experience, can gain an NVQ by choosing the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) option, which involves completing five assessment units within a twelve month period.

Operatives with in-depth practical skills and confidence in the role, therefore most likely having three or more years’ experience in the role, could choose the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) as an alternative to OSAT. The candidate will undertake a thorough practical assessment, over one day, at an ARCA centre to demonstrate the skills specified by the NVQ.

“We know that operatives’ holding a CSCS card is vital for many of the asbestos removal contracts our members undertake,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

“Today we are delighted to be able to offer a complete NVQ solution for asbestos removal operatives. As well as offering NVQs depending on the experience of an operative, we are also offering employers cost-efficient routes for those who pay the CITB Levy and for those that don’t.”

“We have received a lot of interest in the NVQs. A number of member companies are already committed to enrolling all their operatives, as acting sooner rather than later, means operatives are on route to holding, or holding, a blue skilled workers’ card before the changes come into force,” concluded Satish Patel.

Further details on all the NVQ options offered by ARCA for asbestos removal operatives are available here