Category Archives: Uncategorized

Plan NVQs now before CSCS Cards expire

If you have Operatives and/or Supervisors with an experienced worker CSCS card, they only have 1 year to gain an NVQ.

This may sound like a long time but it isn’t!

You really should be planning now and booking them on the relevant NVQ assessment process. Especially as you need to plan appropriate sites and arrange assessment dates, which need to be completed and successfully passed within 1 year.

Don’t leave it too late … contact ARCA today on 01283 505777.


ARCA News Magazine Spring 2019 available online

Issue 104 of the ARCA News magazine includes Association and industry news, as well as guidance on RPE and an article on ‘what needs to happen after asbestos removal’.

Also, articles cover ‘what members agree to’, and what ARCA has seen two years after introducing unannounced site audits to the industry.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the journal for asbestos management professionals, available online here.

Association retains ISO9001:2015

Following gaining the new ISO9001:2015 last year, the Association was audited last month and retained certification to this standard with no non-conformances identified.

The Association has followed and been annually audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last 14 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.

The 2015 version of this standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how will these be achieved. Also, there is more emphasis 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; ‘of note was the extent of planning the Associations processes as supported by the Strategy Meeting and Work Plan.’

“In February the Association was audited as part of this quality management system to check conformity to the standard. It is testimony to the team here at ARCA that we retained this standard again this year. The team continues to work hard in meeting our mission of delivering the best possible service and support,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

Beacon introduce latest product to ARCA

In January Beacon International took the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate their latest product development at the ARCA standardisation meeting.

The new recirculation air management system was set up using an asbestos removal enclosure at ARCA’s Burton training centre. The demonstration showed how the system utilises a combination of natural and recycled airflow streams to increase the air changes per hour in the enclosure, and thereby reducing the airborne particle levels. Supported by a multi-functional computerised ventilation controller to monitor and maintain the negative pressure, and control the airflow.

“My thanks to Andy and Ray for taking the time to come over to Burton to discuss this new air management system with our team, even before it was launched to the market,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “To be able to see the system working and discuss how it was operating was a great benefit to the team (managers, trainers and auditors) in expanding our knowledge.”

Administrators Training Course – More dates added!

Due to requests from members more dates are now available for administrators to undertake an asbestos removal training course.

ARCA delivers a one-day training course so that administrators can experience what working on an asbestos removal site is really like, yet in a safe and controlled environment.

The course includes some practical hands on tasks such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCU’s for just £125 +vat.

Up and coming dates are:

  • 15th February at Rayleigh
  • 25th February at Manchester
  • 14th March at Burton upon Trent

For more details or to book onto a course click here or call us on 01283 505777.