Monthly Archives: November 2019

ARCA launches online training certificate checker

Training certificates can be validated online

Today the Association announced that the ability to validate copies of ARCA training certificates is now available online.

The Certificate Checker is a verification tool developed to support the asbestos removal industry by enabling original training certificate information to be viewed online, so providing proof that the certificate copy given to a contractor or agency is valid.

“It has been reported to us that across the industry some copies of training certificates do not provide confidence of the certificate’s authenticity,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Therefore, we decided to support the industry by developing an online checker, so all copies of ARCA training certificates can be verified quickly and easily.”

This new online tool is available to ARCA members, non-members and individuals, who would like to check the authenticity of an asbestos removal operative, supervisor or manager’s ARCA training certificate.

Certain information on a certificate is required, including the individual’s unique ARCA ID number. When all the information has been inputted, the tool will check the information against the ARCA database, and if validated the original certificate information can be viewed on screen.

Need verification, use the ARCA Training Certificate Checker

ARCA now represents over half of all Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractors

Today, ARCA is pleased to announce, that based on the latest* HSE list of asbestos licensed contractors, ARCA membership represents over 50% of those contractors.

“The Association’s Governing Council, staff at ARCA and members should be very proud of this statistic. This supports the work and services developed and delivered by the Association, together with the continuous commitment to maintain high standards within the industry,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Contractors can see the benefits of membership and how the leading trade association for Asbestos Removal Contactors can support them. In fact, recent new members have told me that a reason for joining was to participate in the ARCA audit scheme, through which site audits are truly unannounced.”

You can read more about ARCA membership benefits on the website.


*HSE list published 27 November 2019

ARCA members raise funds to support Mesothelioma UK

During this year’s Charity Week, ARCA staff and members got involved in various events and activities, raising over £5,500 for Mesothelioma UK.

Funds were raised by taking part in; paintballing, a three-peak challenge, nuclear running events, hula hooping marathon, and there was lots of baking and eating.

The Association supports Mesothelioma UK – a national resource dedicated to supporting people with this asbestos cancer, providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in the Charity Week and to those who donated. These funds will continue to support the vital work the charity undertakes to help asbestos cancer patients, and in particular Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists at NHS hospitals across the UK,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“We hope that all of ouCharity Week Montage Imager members had fun whilst raising funds for this charity.”

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Head of Services, commented, “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part in activities to raise funds for our charity again this year. This funding initiative provides a great opportunity for raising awareness, which is so important, and will help us to continue the work that we do in supporting people affected by Mesothelioma across the UK.”

ARCA and Members commit to a third unannounced site audit each year

Association members take a further step to demonstrate high standards

Today the Association announced that, to continue supporting high standards across membership, the Site Audit Accreditation Scheme requirement would now be increased from two to three unannounced site audits each membership year from January 2020.

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The Association’s Rules of Membership set out the requirements of the ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme (SAAS), which has been established as a requirement for asbestos removal contractor membership for over 18 years. Currently the scheme requires members to undertake two satisfactory unannounced site audits every year to maintain membership (both audits became unannounced, that is no prior notice, from January 2017(i)).

“ARCA has seen members maintain high standards of performance over the two years site audits have been unannounced.  Now this increase in the number of site audits is a further step in our commitment to support our members’ maintenance of high standards, and a further step in providing reassurance to end-clients,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“ARCA is the association raising standards.”

Being unannounced (no prior notice), ARCA membership audits give a more realistic view of a contractor’s usual performance on site and are also an indicator of the effectiveness of management arrangements of the contractor. These audits have become more recognised by third parties, such as the HSE and end-clients, as an excellent independent assessment of a contractor’s performance and standards.

Steve concluded; “As I have said previously, undertaking two ‘unannounced’ audits of every member, every year, was an expensive strategy as sometimes when our auditors arrive at a job it is not at a stage reasonable to audit or may have finished early(ii). We believe this to be a cost worth paying to ensure audits are truly unannounced.”

“This announcement today confirms our on-going commitment to provide a strong level of reassurance of our member contractors’ competency to all parties.”

 (i) Excluding Ireland                                                                                                                             (ii) ARCA receives limited information from the HSE which is used to schedule unannounced audits