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ARCA to deliver keynote speech at the EAF conference

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) will be supporting this years’ European Asbestos Forum (EAF) Foundation conference by delivering the keynote speech.

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will discuss the role of a trade association in the asbestos removal industry, covering points such as, developing tools for the industry; providing the best support to assist members in good practices and end-clients in the safe management of asbestos, which all drive continual improvement and professionalism throughout the industry.

The EAF Foundation was formed in 2014 to focus on improving professional networks and exchanging the best and newest of knowledge regarding all matters related to asbestos, across borders and sectors – as every country in the world has asbestos problems.eaf-logo

This year the EAF Foundation conference will focus on ‘Asbestos and Industry’, and is being held on 26th September, at the Hilton Canary Wharf Hotel in London. More details can be found at

New ARCA Training venue in Bristol

ARCA is pleased to announce a new training venue in Bristol, following a partnership with SMH Products Ltd (an associate member of ARCA).

“This new training venue is a great way to support our members. We are extremely grateful to SMH for agreeing to share their training facilities with us,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager at ARCA. “It’s an excellent facility offering both practical areas and classrooms, which we used for the first-time last month to hold a Licensed Contract Manager training course.”

To support members in the South West & Wales, ARCA is now offering Operative, Supervisor and Contract Manager training courses at the SMH facility in Avonmouth.

The next courses to be held are:

  • 25th July 2017 – Licensed Contract Manager Update
  • 26th July 2017 – Licensed Contract Manager
  • 2nd August 2017 – Industry Refresher for Operatives

Training course details can be found on the ARCA website

Latest ARCA News Magazine available online

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the ARCA News magazine.

This 60 page issue covers news from the asbestos management industry, ARCA award winners, a new member benefit and the first candidate to gain the ARCA ILM qualification.

Did you know ARCA has formed a new specialist interest group? Do you know how some of ARCA members and staff supported the Charity Week in October?

Read the latest issue of the journal for the asbestos management industry online

ARCA announces new Specialist Interest Group

Asbestos equipment manufacturing & testing companies support initiative

ARCA is pleased to announce the formation of a new specialist interest group to provide a forum for, and a better link between, its Associate Members in the equipment manufacturing and testing sector.

“Earlier this year we sought expressions of interest in establishing this group and the response was excellent,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). “We held the inaugural meeting last month, with nine companies represented, and discussed the needs of the sector and that the main objective of the group would be to give a voice to this industry sector.”

“The ultimate goal is to provide a forum to bring this industry sector closer to its customers and provide ARCA Members (asbestos removal contractors) with better information, such as, best practice in the selection and use of plant equipment and testing providers.”

First candidate to gain ARCA ILM Qualification

Congratulations to Chris Dobson on being the first candidate to gain the ARCA ILM qualification.

To gain the ARCA ILM Leadership and Management qualification Chris passed all four units (which took the form of classroom sessions and assignments) which covered; communications management, risk management, developing people and managing people in the workplace.

“I’m delighted to have gained this ILM qualification and in the time I set myself!” said Chris Dobson, Health, Safety and Quality Manager for Thompsons of Prudhoe.

“I was looking for a further management qualification, so when I heard about the ILM qualification developed by ARCA, it was ideal. I enjoyed the topics and the challenge. I’d like to thank my tutor, James, who was very supportive throughout the whole process, and my employer for encouraging staff development.”

“Now I’m keen to submit my application for membership to the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).”

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, met Chris at the Association’s North East Regional Meeting last week. “It’s fantastic to see the commitment Chris has shown in gaining this qualification in the time he has and the support he has had from our member Thompsons of Prudhoe. I had pleasure in talking to him about the ARMI application process.”

Information on the ARCA ILM Qualification can be found on the ARCA website