Monthly Archives: November 2018

ARCA staff study for NEBOSH Diploma

ARCA managers, trainers and auditors, a group of 8, have begun studying for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. They will be studying for this diploma over two years, through distance learning.

NEBOSH Diplomas are globally recognised qualifications, with the National Diploma the flagship NEBOSH award. This diploma provides core health and safety knowledge, which combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner. The qualification covers four units; managing health and safety, hazardous agents in the workplace, workplace and work equipment safety and the application of health and safety management in the workplace.

“Here at ARCA we are committed to supporting continuous professional development, and undertaking this diploma will expand our knowledge and understanding of health and safety in its widest sense,” comments Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “Gaining this qualification will mean a lot of studying, so I’m delighted to see the staff embracing this opportunity.”

“To gain a broader understanding of health and safety, not just the asbestos related aspects I know from working in the industry, is a great opportunity for me,” stated Duncan Williams, ARCA Auditor. “There is a lot of distance studying to undertake, however, we meet once a month for webinars and discussions, which helps us all in our learning and also makes you feel less ‘distant’.”

Asbestos Removal training course for Administrators available in Manchester

To support contractor’s administration staff ARCA delivers a one-day training course so that they can experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, in a safe and controlled environment.

The course includes some practical hands on tasks such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCU’s.

This one-day Asbestos Removal for Administrators training course, at £125 +vat, is being delivered in Manchester on 3rd December 2018. To book a place click here or call us on 01283 505777.

Delays to the Government’s Asbestos Management Assurance Process for managing asbestos in their schools

Last week the Department for Education reopened its ‘Asbestos Management Assurance Process’, an exercise which asks school employers to declare whether they are compliant with their legal duty to manage asbestos in their schools.

Delays to the project, largely due to it not being mandatory, mean that the findings, now not due until Spring 2019, may come too late to properly influence next year’s comprehensive spending review.  Schools Minister Nick Gibb has stated that 68% of the 17,000 schools that have taken part in the survey were deemed to be compliant with their legal duties.  This means that responsible bodies have only provided assurances on around 11,500 schools – approximately half of all schools in England – despite the survey deadline already having been extended twice last summer, and now for a third time until February 2019.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “This is totally unacceptable.  We already know that nearly 90% of schools contain asbestos and that as asbestos ages, it deteriorates and becomes more difficult to manage. There is already plenty of evidence about poor standards of asbestos management across many local authorities and academy trusts.  What we urgently need is earmarked funding to make our schools safe from this scourge.”

The above is part of a NEU release, the full release is available at

ARCA receives award from Mesothelioma UK

Today Steve Sadley, the Chief Executive of ARCA, was delighted to accept Corporate Partner of the Year 2017/2018 award from Mesothelioma UK, on behalf of the Association.

Presenting ARCA with this award, Mesothelioma UK thanked the Association’s staff and members for their outstanding support over the last few years. The funds raised by ARCA have helped the charity continue to carry out its vital work, including funding clinical nurse specialists posted at NHS hospitals across the UK.

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ARCA can now confirm that HSE has published new guidance on Plans of Work

New guidance on Plans of Work, produced as result of recommendations from the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Post Implementation Report (PIR) has now been published by HSE.

HSE have now given permission for this to be circulated to ARCA members.

This guidance is aimed at HSE inspectors to aid consistency when assessing the suitability of Plans of Work, but it is written to also be accessible to licensed contractors’ staff.  The guidance can be read alongside ALG memo 04/12, issued under the umbrella of the ALG industry forum.  The contents will eventually be included in the Licensed Contractors’ Guide (HSG 247) when revised.

This new guidance will be discussed at the remainder of the ARCA regional meetings.

The guidance can be downloaded here