Monthly Archives: January 2018

Asbestos to be a Key Topic at AGSM 2018 Conference

ARCA to support Housing Sector on Managing the Risks from Asbestos

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos management companies, will be exhibiting and speaking at the AGSM National Conference 2018 to support the housing sector in managing the risks from asbestos.

This conference, held by the Association of Gas Safety Managers on 25-26 April in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the only UK event dedicated to informing and supporting the role of compliance managers across the social housing sector.

To support the safe management of asbestos the ARCA conference session, ‘Managing the Risks from Asbestos’, will cover asbestos management, from surveying for asbestos to the removal of asbestos containing materials, and how to choose a competent removal contractor.

Also, the legal requirements will be covered, including the requirement to have an asbestos management plan and effective communications, so those who need to know, do know where asbestos containing materials are. This could include in-house maintenance teams and external contractors, such as, utility installers.

Sarah Haslam, of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) comments “We are delighted to support the AGSM National Conference this year, as it offers us the opportunity to communicate the hazards of and the effective management of asbestos.”

“Asbestos is the greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, so it is vital that organisations take the risks from asbestos seriously and deal with asbestos in a controlled and safe manner.”

“Having ARCA on board means we can work closely with this leading trade association to help drive the messages about managing asbestos correctly and safely,” stated Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM and AESM. “Having asbestos experts at the event will support a key topic of concern raised by our members.”

Full details on the AGSM National Conference and Exhibition can be found at


Certificates of Attendance for ARCA Regional Meetings

ARCA is now issuing Certificates of Attendance to all individuals that attend regional meetings.

The Association’s regional meetings are held as a forum to provide information, instruction and training with most meetings having many items on the agenda meeting this definition.

“The Certificates of Attendance are intended to be added to and compliment training records to demonstrate and record that individuals have received the information, instruction and training listed on the certificate,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive at ARCA. “All attendees of the November 2017 regional meetings have been issued with a certificate.”

Dates for the next regional meetings are now available online.

ARCA delivers First RSPH NVQ assessments in UK

Operatives gain NVQ Diploma and CSCS cards

ARCA assessed three asbestos removal operatives for an NVQ Level 2 Diploma, under the RSPH Experienced Candidate Assessment Route (ECAR), in December 2017.

All three operatives, Andrew Peberdy, David Kelly and Mark Thompson of Burton Environmental Services Ltd, were successful in gaining the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) –BES_ECAR NVQ_B_Jan18_380kb Licensed Asbestos.

“These were the first RPSH NVQ assessments we have undertaken and the process ran very smoothly and efficiently,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).  “I was able to make them comfortable in what is a rigorous assessment environment, enabling them to use their experience to perform tasks to a high level. I’d like to congratulate Andrew, David and Mark on a job well done.”

“On receipt of the certificates we immediately applied to ARCA for Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Cards for the operatives,” stated Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd. “The service was exceptional. The day after our application all three virtual smartcards were received by our operatives, and the physical cards were delivered straight after the Christmas holiday.”

To learn more about the NVQ Level 2 Diploma options for Asbestos Removal Operatives please visit here and the requirements for ARMI Skills Cards (CSCS Cards) are available here 

Photo: Mark Thompson, Asbestos Removal Operative and Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd.