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Association issues 100th CSCS card

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.

Licensed asbestos workers to continue with medical examinations every two years

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

Asbestos to be a Key Topic at AGSM 2018 Conference

ARCA to support Housing Sector on Managing the Risks from Asbestos

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos management companies, will be exhibiting and speaking at the AGSM National Conference 2018 to support the housing sector in managing the risks from asbestos.

This conference, held by the Association of Gas Safety Managers on 25-26 April in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the only UK event dedicated to informing and supporting the role of compliance managers across the social housing sector.

To support the safe management of asbestos the ARCA conference session, ‘Managing the Risks from Asbestos’, will cover asbestos management, from surveying for asbestos to the removal of asbestos containing materials, and how to choose a competent removal contractor.

Also, the legal requirements will be covered, including the requirement to have an asbestos management plan and effective communications, so those who need to know, do know where asbestos containing materials are. This could include in-house maintenance teams and external contractors, such as, utility installers.

Sarah Haslam, of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) comments “We are delighted to support the AGSM National Conference this year, as it offers us the opportunity to communicate the hazards of and the effective management of asbestos.”

“Asbestos is the greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, so it is vital that organisations take the risks from asbestos seriously and deal with asbestos in a controlled and safe manner.”

“Having ARCA on board means we can work closely with this leading trade association to help drive the messages about managing asbestos correctly and safely,” stated Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM and AESM. “Having asbestos experts at the event will support a key topic of concern raised by our members.”

Full details on the AGSM National Conference and Exhibition can be found at www.gassafetyconference.co.uk

 

ARCA delivers First RSPH NVQ assessments in UK

Operatives gain NVQ Diploma and CSCS cards

ARCA assessed three asbestos removal operatives for an NVQ Level 2 Diploma, under the RSPH Experienced Candidate Assessment Route (ECAR), in December 2017.

All three operatives, Andrew Peberdy, David Kelly and Mark Thompson of Burton Environmental Services Ltd, were successful in gaining the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) –BES_ECAR NVQ_B_Jan18_380kb Licensed Asbestos.

“These were the first RPSH NVQ assessments we have undertaken and the process ran very smoothly and efficiently,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).  “I was able to make them comfortable in what is a rigorous assessment environment, enabling them to use their experience to perform tasks to a high level. I’d like to congratulate Andrew, David and Mark on a job well done.”

“On receipt of the certificates we immediately applied to ARCA for Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Cards for the operatives,” stated Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd. “The service was exceptional. The day after our application all three virtual smartcards were received by our operatives, and the physical cards were delivered straight after the Christmas holiday.”

To learn more about the NVQ Level 2 Diploma options for Asbestos Removal Operatives please visit here and the requirements for ARMI Skills Cards (CSCS Cards) are available here 

Photo: Mark Thompson, Asbestos Removal Operative and Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd.

ARCA News magazine Autumn 2017 available online

In this Autumn issue read about ARCA unannounced audits and CSCS cards for operatives, and find the day/time to join ARCA’s seminar at Contamination Expo.

Also, there is a summary of the ‘Post Implementation Review of the CAR 2012’ and an article on ‘what clients need to know about asbestos surveys.’

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online hereARCA News Issue 98 Front Cover image