The Spring 2018 issue of the ARCA News magazine includes asbestos industry news, guidance and articles on research being undertaken by the HSE Science Division and developing people in the workplace.
Also, Association news covers an update on the ARCA Member Audit App and CSCS cards, as well as, ARCA supporting the IOSH ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign and the housing sector by speaking on ‘Managing the Risks from Asbestos’ at the AGSM 2018 Conference.
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ARCA will be exhibiting at the launch of the asbestos phase of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign in London on Monday 9 April 2018.
As asbestos is the biggest occupational disease risk to construction workers in the UK, with currently approximately 5,000 asbestos related cancer deaths per year, the Institution of Occupational and Safety Health (IOSH) campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer contracted by exposure to asbestos and help businesses take action.
ARCA will be supporting the launch event by exhibiting, so ARCA staff will be on hand to answer questions attendees/businesses may have on how to manage the risks from asbestos. Also, ARCA will have free information available on asbestos surveys to clients’ legal responsibilities.
“We are delighted to support this campaign as we can continue to make more organisations aware of how to manage the risks from asbestos,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).
“Although asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, materials containing asbestos can still be found in a large number of buildings, so being aware of where asbestos can be found and how to manage it is vital to reducing the health risks faced by workers.”
Find out more about the IOSH ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign at www.notimetolose.org.uk
After working towards and developing procedures to transition from ISO9001:2008 to the new ISO9001:2015, earlier this month the Association gained certification to the new standard with no non-conformances or opportunities for improvement identified.
The Association has followed and been audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last thirteen years. The ARCA quality management system (QMS) describes the approach, procedures and processes to be followed in order to demonstrate the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and auditing services.
This new standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how will these be achieved. Also, there is more on risk based thinking; ability to look at the bigger picture to see and take action on any risks to the business, as well as opportunities.
The auditor from NQA commented in his report; ‘the QMS was found to be comprehensive and continues to meet the needs of the Association.’
“I’m delighted to say ARCA obtained this new standard with no issues reported,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “The team has worked hard over the last twelve-months to transition to this new standard, and the result of the audit highlights our commitment to continually deliver a first-class service.”
Following announcing the availability of CSCS Cards through the Association, 100 ARMI Skills Cards have now been issued.
These cards, for asbestos removal operatives and managers, together with cards for asbestos analysts and surveyors, have been issued as both physical smartcards and also as virtual smartcards.
“The volume of take up has been quicker than we thought,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.
“Also, virtual smartcards have been requested by the majority of applicants, as they can have a card on their phone (after downloading the app) within minutes of the application being processed. There have been some applicants who have left their application to the last minute, so this service has definitely been a benefit to them!”
Information and application forms for ARMI Skills Cards can be found here.
In October 2017 a proposed change to Regulation 22 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), was the subject of a public consultation following the post implementation review (PIR) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012) recommending exploring the possibility of reducing the frequency by one year with which licensed asbestos workers undergo medical examination.
Today HSE has published the analysis of the consultation responses.
In light of the responses HSE received on this consultation, HSE has decided not to proceed with the proposed amendment at this time. Therefore, licensed workers will continue to be examined by an HSE appointed doctor every two years and those undertaking notifiable non-licensed work will continue to be examined every three years.
HSE has concluded that the proposed amendment would have had no negative impacts on workers’ health or altered the prognosis of those whose previous exposures may have resulted in asbestos-related disease. CAR 2012 puts in place a robust regulatory framework of management through risk assessment and control of exposure to asbestos in the workplace; it is and will continue to be key in preventing asbestos-related disease.
The analysis of the consultation responses is available online here