Monthly Archives: July 2018

ARCA Staff complete Colour Obstacle Rush!

ARCA staff completed the 5K Colour Obstacle Rush at Uttoxeter Race Course on Saturday, fundraising for Mesothelioma UK and the Wigan and Leigh Hospice as part of the ARCA Charity Week 2018.

After running, jogging and walking the 5K in the hot sun, the team reached the finish line covered in colour … yellow, pink, green, orange, blue… and having tackled space hoppers, climbing nets and foam as well as 17 other obstacles!

‘The Colour Obstacle Rush was great fun! We worked well as a team especially when taking on some of the trickier obstacles. We appreciate the support we have received so far, as all donations can make a difference to the people the charities support,’ commented Louisa Statham, Marketing Assistant at ARCA.

Donations can be made at the ARCA Just Giving Page

ARCA continues to support competency in the industry

Today ARCA provides the most comprehensive and quality assured routes to qualifications, and CSCS cards, for the licensed asbestos removal industry.

Over the last decade no organisation has invested as much resource as ARCA into developing quality qualifications and a choice of qualification routes for the licensed asbestos removal industry. Particularly over the last three years since the decision by the Construction Leadership Council, that qualifications leading to CSCS cards must be an NVQ, if an NVQ for that occupation exists.

“Working in this hazardous and therefore highly regulated industry, workers competency is crucial for their health and safety and that of others,” commented Steve Sadley Chief Executive of ARCA.

“ARCA has worked tirelessly to provide the industry with the most comprehensive range of qualifications, which are delivered by our in-house team of experienced and qualified assessors.”

The Association has worked with CITB and with its long-term partner the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) to develop a range of qualifications.

Asbestos Removal Operatives – ARCA offers the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) route, via CITB and RSPH, and is the only provider offering the RSPH route for experienced operatives.

 Asbestos Removal Supervisors – ARCA approached the Sector Skills Council (SSC/CITB) with a view of creating a single NVQ for supervisors. Now the first Level 3 NVQ for supervisors is offered by RSPH and ARCA is the only provider of the assessments.

 Asbestos Removal Contract Managers – The RSPH Level 4 Certificate in asbestos Removal for Contract Managers is recognised for CSCS cards for managers. This qualification is provided by ARCA, who is also the only CSCS partner scheme offering the CSCS black managers card.

An article on the range of qualifications available from ARCA, and how quality is assured, is available to read here

On the ARCA website is detailed information on qualifications, as well as CSCS cards.

ARCA News magazine Summer 2018 available online

In this issue read about the first NVQ for asbestos removal supervisors, CSCS cards and guidance for those working on asbestos removal sites.

Learn how ARCA continues to support competency in the industry and gain an insight into the ARCA Site Audit Assessment process.

Also, read how ARCA staff and members are planning to support this year’s Charity Week.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals available online here.

Record attendance at Summer Member Regional Meetings

This SummARCA SE Regional Meeting June 2018er saw an incredible attendance at the ARCA member regional meetings, with the South East meeting attracting a record 41 attendees.

The Association’s member regional meetings are held as a forum to provide information, instruction and training, and the summer round of meetings was no exception. During these meetings members heard about and discussed the HSE draft Plan of Work guidance, the new RSPH Level 3 NVQ for asbestos removal supervisors and the high standards of work demonstrated by ARCA members via the Association’s Site Audit Accreditation Scheme. Asbestos removal contractors were also able to talk to some associate members/suppliers and hear about a new software management product.

“Three times a year we hold six member regional meetings, which includes two in the North of England, and all consistently attract good numbers of attendees. Yet this June the South East meeting broke the record with 41 attendees,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“These meetings are excellent for us to meet members and provide information, as well as being a forum for discussion and member networking.”

In November 2017 ARCA began to issue Certificates of Attendance to all individuals that attend member regional meetings as a record that those individuals had received the information, instruction and training listed on the certificate.

Don’t miss the next member regional meeting in your area – dates can be found here

All Asbestos Removal CSCS Cards available from ARCA

The full range of CSCS cards required by asbestos removal staff to gain access to construction sites is available from ARCA.

Asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers can gain temporary red cards (trained or experienced worker) and skilled worker cards (blue, gold, black).

Applications can be made by employers or individuals, with proof of the required training and/or qualification(s) for that particular card being submitted with the application form. Cards are supplied as physical smartcards, and there is also the option of a virtual smartcard, at no additional cost.

Information on all cards, together with application forms, is available here.