Category Archives: ARCA News

ARCA Plan Standardisation Meetings for Another Year

Again, this year ARCA will be holding monthly standardisation meetings, for managers, trainers, assessors and auditors, to discuss their findings and provide feedback.

These discussions support the role of the teams and support standardisation across the organisation, increasing efficiencies and the knowledge of the team, as well as supporting consistency and facilitating updates/improvements in refresher training course content.

Additionally, external experts are invited to attend, to update the team on industry standards or demonstrate a new product. All adding to the knowledge base and providing CPD for the ARCA team.

“Our standardisation meetings are invaluable, as the discussions and feedback from all the team members, supports our task of delivering quality services,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“We have meeting dates programmed throughout the year, and already a number of experts have agreed to attend a meeting to share their industry knowledge.”

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

All the steps for a career in asbestos removal

From your first asbestos removal training course through to proving competence as a manager, ARCA has all the training courses and competency qualifications in place.

Over the years ARCA has worked tirelessly to provide a comprehensive and quality assured routes to qualifications for the asbestos removal industry.

Through ARCA, each of the key asbestos removal job roles now have a clear career path.

Asbestos removal Printoperatives and supervisors have training courses, NVQs (Level 2 and Level 3) to recognise their competency and refresher training courses to keep up-to-date with working practices.

For managers, ARCA offers training and refresher courses, as well as providing the only qualification available, the RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Asbestos Removal for Contract Managers. After gaining this qualification, Managers can undertake the ARCA ILM leadership and management qualification, enabling them to gain professional status as a member of the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).

All the steps are in place for your career in asbestos removal. What will be your next step? Learn more here

ARCA Staff Complete Bike Challenge for Charity

Team covers 480 miles in 24 hours!

The team started their challenge on Monday, leaving Rayleigh at 9am, and after 24 hours on an exercise bike in the office, they reached Glasgow!

There were some difficultARCA Staff Bike Challenge - Completed- 13 Sept 2018 - 400kb and painful times but the team – Alannah, Coryn, Geoff, Giulia, Isabelle, James, Louisa, Mark, Sarah B, Sarah H, Satish, Shaun and Steve – were determined to make it to Glasgow!

Congratulations to all members of the team for their fantastic effort to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK, and the Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

You can still reward the team’s effort by donating at www.justgiving.com/teams/ARCACharityWeek18

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.